The North's grain harvest this year is far worse than UN agencies and the South Korean Government believe, a charity group said yesterday. Based on information from 1,500 refugees interviewed by the Korean Buddhist Sharing Movement, the starving hermit state had harvested only 1.9 million tonnes of grain. UN agencies and Seoul estimated this year's harvest could be more than four million tonnes. Pyongyang says it needs 7.84 million tonnes a year to feed its population and livestock. The charity's report said crops were stolen before they were harvested and the little that remained was taken by the military. 'What's left is not enough for farm workers: there is nothing left to distribute to urban factory workers,' the report said. The group claims 90 per cent of North Korean industry is at a standstill and only munitions factories and a few others are still operating. There was almost no electricity, tap water, heating or medicines, and the products that were available were almost all made in China, it said. Hospitals and schools have closed. Few people work or labour in the collective farms, the charity was told. 'It is as if all aspects of life have gone back 100 years,' the report said. It added millions were dying of starvation and malnutrition but buildings were in good condition, the military powerful and well armed, and the Government firmly in control, with the mutual surveillance system still operating among citizens. The country is in a state of full war mobilisation. People who protest or complain can still be condemned to death if anyone overhears them, although the report's authors detect increasing popular unrest and a rise in the number of people defecting. The Venerable Pomnyun, the Buddhist monk who founded the group, fears that if there is no change, more than three million people will starve to death in the next two to three years. The international community had to deliver at least two million tonnes of food aid immediately and unconditionally, otherwise there would be massive unrest, a population exodus or an internal revolt among the ruling elite, he said.