N. Korea flood aid is latest fallout from nuclear standoff
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published: September 20, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Monday that it’s unlikely to provide assistance to help the North recover from massive flood damage even if asked for help because of tensions over the communist country’s most recent nuclear test.
International aid agencies, meanwhile, issued an urgent appeal for $28.2 million to provide humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by the some of the worst flooding in recent history.
North Korean soldiers and rescue workers have been struggling to clear roads and provide food and shelter since Typhoon Lionrock unleashed flash floods and heavy winds beginning on Aug. 29.
The U.N. resident coordinator said in the appeal Monday that 138 people have been killed, 400 people remain missing and at least 140,000 people are in immediate need of assistance, including 69,000 who have been uprooted from their homes.