SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says recent floods have killed nearly 170 people and left 400 missing across the country.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that floods also displaced about 212,200 people and submerged more than 65,000 hectares (160,000 acres) of farmland between late June and the end of July.

The flooding occurred on the heels of a severe drought and renewed concerns about North Korea's ability to feed its people. In June, the United Nations said two-thirds of the country's 24 million people were facing chronic food shortages.

The World Food Program said earlier this week that it is sending emergency food aid to the North's flood-ravaged parts.

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  • Residents wait on the balcony of a flooded building in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, North Korea Monday, July 30, 2012. More heavy rain has pounded North Korea, flooding buildings and farmland and forcing stranded people and their livestock to take shelters atop rooftops. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • A boat goes pass a flooded street in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, in North Korea Monday July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • Houses are submerged in a flood water in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, North Korea Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • In this July 30, 2012 photo, a bridge supporting railway lines is destroyed after heavy rain in Onchon County, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

  • In this July 30, 2012 photo, a man walks over a damaged bridge after heavy rain in Onchon County, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

  • Road posts are submerged in a flooded street in Anju City, South Phyongan Province, North Korea, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)