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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 274 (August 8, 2013)

2013/08/08 10:44

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Red Cross to Provide US$320,000 for Flood-hit North Korea

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The international Red Cross has said it will provide North Korea with an emergency fund of US$320,000 to help flood victims in the socialist country.

In a report posted on its website on Aug. 1, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it has allocated 299,744 Swiss franc from its disaster relief emergency fund "to help the DPRK (North Korea) Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 5,000 families or 20,000 beneficiaries."

   Torrential rains since early July have caused extensive flooding and landslides across the impoverished socialist country, killing 33 people and injuring 2 others with 18 still missing, according to the IFRC data. An estimated 4,000 families have lost their homes and 50,000 have been displaced.