Netherlands gives US$1 mln. for N. Korean flood victims

The Dutch government has provided North Korea US$1 million in aid to help rehabilitate its flood-damaged areas via the international Red Cross, a U.S. broadcaster monitored here reported Friday.

"The aid will be used in building makeshift houses and buying relief goods for flood victims in the North Korean counties of Musan and Yonsa, North Hamkyong Province," the Voice of America cited Patrick Fuller, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as saying over the phone.

Thousands of flood sufferers currently live in makeshift facilities covered with waterproof cloth, Fuller said.

The North Korean authorities are building 20,000 houses in the flood-stricken areas of the province, with residents there being put into rehabilitation work, he said.

Pyongyang has called for the IFRC and other U.N. agencies to support the rooftop materials necessary to construct some 10,000 houses, and the IFRC plans to provide materials for some 3,000 houses, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government said Wednesday that it has decided to supply 20 million yuan (roughly US$3 million) in aid to North Korean flood victims.

Work to restore facilities damaged by Typhoon Lion Rock is underway in the North Korean border town of Namyang in this photo provided by Cheong Seong-jang, a researcher at the Sejong Institute, in late October. (Yonhap) Work to restore facilities damaged by Typhoon Lion Rock is underway in the North Korean border town of Namyang in this photo provided by Cheong Seong-jang, a researcher at the Sejong Institute, in late October. (Yonhap)

Typhoon Lion Rock smashed the province in late August, causing the country's worst-ever flood.

According to reports from North Korean news media outlets, the typhoon left more than 500 people killed or missing and some 70,000 stranded, The flooding also destroyed more than 11,600 buildings and severely damaged some 180 sections of road and more than 60 bridges.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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