North Korea Seeks Immediate Food Aid after Floods

The United Nations says North Korea has requested immediate food aid after devastating floods last month.

UN officials in Pyongyang said the need for aid was urgent after visiting flood-hit parts of the country to assess damage.

North Korea has stated that at least 119 people died and tens of thousands were left homeless.

Damage to infrastructure and farmland has affected the country’s already dire food shortage problem.

Residents in these areas are in urgent need of food supplies, as well as clean water, as wells have been contaminated by sewage during the floods.

The floods – which followed a severe drought earlier this year – have sparked fresh concern over North Korea’s struggle to feed its people.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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