Tuesday, August 15, 2006

US$60 million in relief aid to North Korea

The South Korean government plans to provide tens of billions of won worth of food and supplies to communist North Korea to help repair damage from recent flooding there, government officials said.

The government has already decided to provide some 10 billion won (US$10.3 million) to the country's civic organizations in order to send emergency relief supplies to the flood-hit North, and it is expected to spend another 50 billion won to ensure rice and other supplies are sent as part of a separate project.

"The government decided to join the efforts (by civic organizations) to help repair flood damage in the North after considering the seriousness of the flood damage and requests from various sectors of the society," Vice Unification Minister Shin Un-sang told a press briefing.

[Yonhap News]

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