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North Korea facing major food crisis: UN’s food program


Flooding and poor harvests have caused North Korea’s worst food crisis since the late 1990s and have put millions at risk, the UN’s food body said yesterday.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said North Korea’s food shortage had worsened this year after floods last year, followed by poor harvests, leading to the threat of widespread malnutrition.

“Millions of vulnerable North Koreans are at risk of slipping toward precarious hunger levels. The last time hunger was so deep and so widespread in parts of the country was in the late 1990s,” Jean-Pierre de Margerie, the WFP’s country director for North Korea, told a news conference in Beijing.

The WFP has been given permission to launch a widespread new operation to target those most vulnerable in eight of the country’s 10 provinces.

An international appeal for aid will be launched in the next two weeks.

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