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S. Korea to send aid for N.K. flood victims next week

All Headlines 10:54 September 05, 2011

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will send the first batch of its emergency aid to North Korea's flood victims next week, a government official said Monday.

Seoul last month offered to send 5 billion won (US$4.6 million) worth of emergency staples, including baby food, biscuits and instant noodles to North Korea over its devastating floods.

"Preparations for sending aid to help North Korean flood victims are under way as scheduled," the official said requesting not to be named. "We will deliver the first batch of the relief materials right after the Chuseok holiday."

This year's Chuseok, one of Korea's biggest traditional holidays, falls on Monday of next week.

The first shipment of aid composed of baby food will be delivered by both train and truck across the inter-Korean border, the officials said.

Heavy rains this summer have caused flash floods in the communist nation, which lacks infrastructure, leaving dozens of people dead and thousands of others displaced.

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