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Russia to give food, fuel to N. Korean flood victims

2016/11/11 11:03

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- The Russian government has decided to provide hundreds of tons of food and fuel in aid to North Korean flood victims pertinent to its President Vladimir Putin's instruction, U.S. broadcasters, monitored here, reported Friday.

Typhoon Lionrock smashed the North Hamkyong Province in early September, in which North Korean news outlets have said left nearly 70,000 residents homeless.

In its Thursday press release, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry announced the decision to send more than 175 tons of food and over 700 tons of diesel oil, the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia said.

The food aid include sugar, grains and canned food, the broadcasters said.

The aid will be transported from Russia's Khabarovsk to North Korea's Sonbong via Vladivostok, according to the broadcasters.

In early this month, the Chinese government also announced a decision to supply 20 million yuan (roughly US$3 million) in aid to the North Korean flood victims.