N.Korea bracing for Typhoon Hinnamnor

North Korea is taking emergency measures to prevent damage from approaching Typhoon Hinnamnor, calling the move a battle against a disaster.

The state-run TV aired a special program on Monday, urging people to be fully prepared for the typhoon.

Reports said dozens of areas across the nation had seen more than 100 millimeters of rain during a period of about 24 hours until Monday morning.

Media outlets reported that officials of the ruling Workers' Party held an emergency meeting in Pyongyang to discuss how to protect the statues of the country's former leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

The media also reported that measures to minimize damage to crops have been stepped up in the agricultural region of the country's southwest.

The harvest season is about to begin there. Officials are thought to be concerned about the storm's possible impact on the food supply.