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WFP Begins Distribution Of Maize To North Korea Flood Victims

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday it had begun distributing 460 tons of maize to victims of major floods in North Korea that have killed more than 30 people,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The aid is aimed at addressing the ‘immediate food needs’ of around 38,000 people living in areas of serious crop devastation, the WFP said in a statement,” noting, “Each person will receive 400 grams of maize per day for a month,” the news service writes. While “[t]he North Korean authorities have so far reported 33 deaths, with 18 people missing,” the International Federation of the Red Cross Crescent Societies (IFRC), “which is carrying out relief work in the affected areas, says up to 50,000 people have been displaced by the floodwaters, which have destroyed more than 13,000 hectares of farmland,” AFP notes. “Exceptionally heavy seasonal rain in mid-July resulted in flooding in many parts of North Korea, with some areas recording twice the average monthly rainfall in just three days,” the news service adds (8/6).