UN appeals for $111 m to help North Korea

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The United Nations and its partner agencies have appealed for $111 million to address humanitarian needs of North Korea,where 10 million people, or 40 per cent of the DPRK’s population are affected by political tensions, chronic food insecurity, early childhood malnutrition and nutrition insecurity.

“Humanitarian assistance is a vital lifeline for millions of ordinary people living in DPR Korea,” said UN Resident Coordinator of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tapan Mishra.

The country with mountainous terrain, has only 17 per cent of land good for cultivation, and farming is largely reliant on traditional farming methods. It is also prone to droughts and floods, due to changing weather patterns, which often result in low agricultural production.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a large share of people don’t have access to reliable source of safe water and almost a quarter lack basic sanitation facilities.

The funding priorities to address the problems were outlined in the Needs and Priorities Plan 2018, released on Wednesday in Pyongyang.

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