Published by OTTAWACITIZEN.COM
Summary generated on August 17, 2020
According to the Daily Mail, a recent report by the UN said up to 60 percent of North Koreans face "Widespread food shortages." In recent weeks, heavy rain and flooding have sparked concern about crop damage and food supplies in the isolated country.
North Korea's national Red Cross Society is the only organization with access to all nine provinces, and more than 43,000 volunteers have been working alongside health teams on COVID-19 prevention efforts as well as helping flood-related work, said Antony Balmain of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"Hundreds of homes have been damaged and large areas of rice fields have been submerged due to heavy rain and some flash flooding," Balmain said, according to Reuters.
North Korea's Red Cross has deployed 43,000 volunteers to help communities prevent outbreaks of the coronavirus and provide flood assistance.
Kim declared an emergency last month and imposed a lockdown on Kaesong, near the inter-Korean border, after a man who defected to the South in 2017 returned to the city showing coronavirus symptoms.