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N. Korea facing acute food shortage, says UN

IANS  |  Seoul 

The UN said on Monday that was facing an shortage and the country was in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

David Beasley, the of the Programme (WFP), appealed for donations to resolve the crisis and vowed that he would ensure that the reaches the people there, reports news.

Beasley was in to meet South Korean and discuss the findings of a recent joint report by the WFP and and Agriculture Organization on the critical in

The report stressed that some 10 million North Koreans (40 per cent of its population) face an imminent shortage of food, especially in the summer months preceding the next big harvest, due to the worst agricultural yield in a decade.

"We are very concerned about the situation there, and we are hopeful that we can come up with some solutions," Beasley told the media here.

The meeting comes after the last week expressed its intention to provide food to its neighbour.

In 2017, the approved an package for the North valued at $8 million to be channelled through international agencies, although the package is yet to be sent due to the lack of progress in denuclearization talks.

The last time sent (5,000 tonnes of rice) to was in 2010.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 16:02 IST