N. Korea flood aid is latest fallout from nuclear standoff

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More than 130 people were killed, nearly 400 went missing and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed when Typhoon Lionrock, seen here approaching Japan, pounded northeastern North Korea for several days beginning Aug. 29, according to North Korean officials and the United Nations. Courtesy of NASA
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More than 130 people were killed, nearly 400 went missing and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed when Typhoon Lionrock, seen here approaching Japan, pounded northeastern North Korea for several days beginning Aug. 29, according to North Korean officials and the United Nations. Courtesy of NASA

N. Korea flood aid is latest fallout from nuclear standoff

by: KIM GAMEL AND YOO KYONG CHANG | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 20, 2016
 SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Monday that it’s unlikely to provide assistance to help the North recover from massive flood damage even if asked for help because of tensions over the communist country’s most recent nuclear test.
 
International aid agencies, meanwhile, issued an urgent appeal for $28.2 million to provide humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people affected by the some of the worst flooding in recent history.
 
North Korean soldiers and rescue workers have been struggling to clear roads and provide food and shelter since Typhoon Lionrock unleashed flash floods and heavy winds beginning on Aug. 29.
 
The U.N. resident coordinator said in the appeal Monday that 138 people have been killed, 400 people remain missing and at least 140,000 people are in immediate need of assistance, including 69,000 who have been uprooted from their homes.
 
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