North Korea has long been known for its issues when it comes to infrastructure and food. But this summer, with the onslaught of torrential downpours that continue to hit the country, an even more dire list of problems have emerged for the North Korean people. Here are some of the numbers:
Pumping stations and treatment plants have also been badly damaged by the downpours, which means tens of thousands are without clean drinking water. The World Food Program is already sending its first round of food aid in the form of 400 grams of corn per day for 14 days. Relief agencies are also putting together a water aid program to try and help with that very dangerous shortage.
Aid workers inside the country had already been concerned about the topic of food prior to this extreme weather. Now there is talk of large scale malnourishment as the flood damage continues to take its toll. Earlier this year a deal that involved food aid from the United States, fell apart following the contreversial launch of a North Korean rocket. With an emergency of this scale, even with the current relief efforts, it may be time to re-engage with North Korea and find a way to help so many in need.