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NZ to provide flood aid for DPRK
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18:59, August 21, 2007

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New Zealand is to give 500,000 NZ dollars (350,000 U.S. dollars to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to help people affected by serious flooding in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Tuesday.

"Torrential rain and flooding has caused widespread devastation across the country, with Kangwon province the most seriously affected. Preliminary reports indicate hundreds of casualties and over 63,000 families left homeless," said Peters.

He said "when a disaster like this occurs, it's important that New Zealand does what it can to assist."

"Our funding, which will be provided through the government's aid agency AID, will help to provide emergency food and shelter," said Peters.

Source: Xinhua



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