North Korea Accepts Flood Aid From World Vision

September 24, 2012

North Korea has accepted a shipment of emergency aid from relief agency World Vision to help victims of floods that killed dozens of people and submerged large amounts of farmland.

Twenty trucks carrying 500 tons of flour crossed the border into North Korea on Friday. World Vision says the aid will be sent to children in the North’s central South Phyongan province.

North Korea is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters because of its poor drainage, widespread deforestation and poor infrastructure. Heavy rains battered the country this summer.

The United Nations said in June that two-thirds of the North’s 24 million people face chronic food shortages.

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