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

All Headlines 10:43 September 06, 2011

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Red Cross said Tuesday it will send baby food to North Korea across their heavily fortified border next week as its first batch of its emergency aid to North Korea's flood victims.

The move came a month after Seoul offered to send 5 billion won (US$4.7 million) worth of emergency relief aid, including baby food, biscuits and instant noodles, to North Korea.

South Korea's Red Cross said in a message to its North Korean counterpart on Tuesday that it will truck 200,000 packs of baby food in the eastern and western sections of the border next Thursday.

The Red Cross said it will send other relief items by the middle of October and it proposed holding consultations with North Korea to ensure Seoul's aid to North Korea reaches the intended beneficiaries.

Heavy rains caused devastating flooding in North Korea over the summer, leaving dozens of people dead, injured or missing while destroying thousands of homes and submerging or washing away tens of thousands of hectares of farmland.

North Korea has been hit hard by floods in recent years, mainly because of its lack of investment in disaster control and severe deforestation.

Last year, Seoul sent 5,000 tons of rice, 3 million packs of instant noodles and 3,000 tons of cement to North Korea to help it recover from devastating floods.

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