N Korea – Heavy rain in North Korea kills 169
Laaska News August 5, 2012
The UN World Food Programme has announced plans to provide emergency food aid to flood-stricken North Korea.
Heavy rain since mid-July has caused flooding in the western province of South Pyongan and elsewhere.
The Korean Central News Agency says 169 people have died and 400 have gone missing in the past month. More than 65,000 hectares of farmland have been left inundated and over 210,000 people have lost their homes.
The WFP decided on Friday to send a total of 340 tons of corn over the next 2 weeks. A United Nations team has visited North Korea to determine what aid is needed.
The WFP plans to send officials to the North again next month to examine the state of the food shortage and the outlook of crop production.
UNICEF says it will send water purification tablets to prevent the spread of diseases.
A UNICEF spokesperson says UN agencies and non-governmental organizations need to work together to prevent the damage from spreading.
Aug. 4, 2012