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U.N. decides to spend US$4.1 mln for N.K.'s flood victims

All News 11:35 September 30, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has decided to provide US$4.1 million of an emergency fund to the victims of the latest floods devastating North Korea's northeastern area via U.N. agencies active in the poverty-stricken nation, a U.S. broadcaster, monitored here, reported Friday.

This summer, six areas in the North Hamkyong Province were ravaged by heavy rains accompanied by Typhoon Lionrock.

According to the CERF, the fund will be allotted to three U.N. agencies in Pyongyang -- the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNICEF, Voice of America said.

Of the total fund, $1.8 million will be given to the WFP to provide food to the victims, particularly women and children, CERF said.

UNICEF will spend $1.7 million on providing essential nutritional supplements to children under 5, who are undernourished, while the FAO will use $600,000 in assisting the restoration of the devastated agricultural sector in the province, CERF said.

CERF provided an $8 million relief fund to the North in the first half of the year.

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