U.S. Offers Flood Aid to N.Korea

  • VOA News

    September 02, 2010 12:57

    The United States is offering $750,000 in emergency aid to North Korea to help aid recovery from devastating floods.

    The U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights, Robert King, told VOA Wednesday that the money will be given to three U.S. non-governmental organizations -- Samaritan's Purse, Global Resource Services, and Mercy Corps.

    He said the organizations will use the money primarily for medical supplies and will fly the aid into Pyongyang beginning later this week.

    On Monday, South Korea's Red Cross offered $8.4 million in aid to North Korea's Red Cross to help with the flood recovery. If the offer is accepted, it will be the first major aid from Seoul after the sinking of one of South Korea's warships in March blamed on a North Korean submarine attack.

    Weeks of torrential rains in North Korea have caused severe flooding on the Yalu River, which separates North Korea from China. North Korean state media say the city of Sinuiju and the surrounding area was the worst hit, with thousands of people losing their homes.

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