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Red Cross offers aid to North Korea following floods

August 02, 2013, 8:01 UTC+3

The monetary aid will be transfered to 5,000 families that suffered from floods

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SEOUL, August 2 (Itar-Tass) - The Red Cross will provide $320,000 emergency assistance to North Korea. The money will go to support people affected by floods that hit the country, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

"The aid will be allocated to DPRK’s Red Cross Society for subsequent immediate transfer to five thousand of those affected families or to 20,000 people," the agency reports the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies /IFRC/ as saying.

The organization says the heavy rains in early July killed 33 people, two were injured and 18 people were missing. 4,000 families lost their homes and local authorities had to evacuate another 50,000 people.

Red Cross says $120 thousand will be spent on housing for 5,000 families in most affected areas. Another $140.7 thousand will be spent for necessary household utensils, drinking water, and personal hygiene items.

The organization says the aid will be spent to endure everything necessary to the affected families, as well as to buy two water purification plants.

The aid period is planned to continue to late October.

Red Cross has already sent to affected areas its eight experts to analyze the damage and oversee the aid’s distribution.

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