bernama: Norway donated US$432,726 in humanitarian assistance for North Korea last month to improve the public health situation in the impoverished country, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a United Nations (UN) data Thursday.

According to the data released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the European country delivered the fund to the Norwegian Red Cross for its health projects in North Korea.

North Korea is reportedly facing severe food shortages apparently aggravated by global sanctions and unfavorable weather conditions.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation recently reported that North Korea’s crop output last year hit the lowest level since 2008, estimating that some 10 million people, or about 40 per cent of its population, are in urgent need of food.

Last week, South Korea announced a plan to donate US$8 million to international agencies, including the WFP, to help address malnutrition and health problems facing pregnant women and kids in the North.

Source: Published by bernama

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