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Int'l Red Cross spends US$111,000 for typhoon-hit N. Korea

All News 10:56 January 09, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has spent some 109,000 Swiss francs (US$111,000) to support North Korean victims of a powerful typhoon last year, a report of the federation showed Wednesday.

The IFRC began the operation in August after Typhoon Soulik unleashed heavy downpours in North Korea, leaving nearly 60,000 people displaced.

Of some 342,046 Swiss francs allocated to support 42,500 people for its five-month project, 109,000 Swiss francs have been spent as of November, according to its interim report. The operation is set to end later this month.

The expenditure includes those spent on supplying potable water and the provision of relief items, it said.

"The typhoon ... further increased the food insecurity (in North Korea), not just in the affected areas, but also in the entire country which is dependent on the Public Distribution System and agricultural outputs throughout the country," it said.


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