Agency sends relief as N. Korea faces worst flooding in recent history
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published: September 15, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — The World Food Programme says it has sent relief to 140,000 North Koreans affected by heavy flooding that killed dozens of people in the country’s northernmost provinces.
The floods were caused by heavy rainfall from Typhoon Lionrock in late August and early September.
The U.N. agency said the number of people affected was likely to increase as some remote areas had not yet been reached, especially with bitter cold temperatures expected as the usually severe winter approaches.
“Whole villages have been washed away by flash floods. Families have lost everything, including their kitchen gardens and livestock, which many households depend upon to supplement their diets,” said Darlene Tymo, WFP’s country director in North Korea. “The floods came just before the harvest period, when the crops were still in the ground.”