U.N. fund to provide North Korea with $4.3MM for flood relief

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) — The United Nations’ humanitarian fund is planning to supply North Korea with $4.35 million for flood relief.

A day after the U.N. Central Emergency Relief Fund agreed to deploy $4.1 million to flood recovery assistance the agency agreed to add another $250,000 in funds for maternal health services on Thursday, Voice of America reported.

Individual governments are also supporting the relief efforts, according to VOA.

On Friday the government of Thailand stated its mission representative in Pyongyang sent $300,000 for flood relief to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Beijing.

The International Red Cross had recently stated it has worked together with the North Korean Red Cross to deliver blankets, cooking utensils and toiletries to over 30,000 North Koreans who are being housed in temporary shelters after floods forced out hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

The organization has said more support is needed, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The U.N. decision to send international aid to North Korea despite recent provocations, including a fifth nuclear test on Sept. 5, comes after meetings between Pyongyang’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and heads of various U.N. agencies during the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

The floods that affected the northeastern region of the country in late August have been described as “catastrophic” and the worst since the end of World War II by North Korean state media.

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