UN warns of children in peril in North Korea’s ‘worst drought in 100 years’

Urgent action needed to save children’s lives says UNICEF as failures of early-harvest crops of wheat and barley loom.

AFP, July 9

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the United Nations children’s fund, UNICEF, warned on Thursday.

“The situation is urgent,” said UNICEF east Asia regional director Daniel Toole in a statement. “But if we act now – by providing urgently needed expertise and prepositioning supplies – we can save lives

“If we delay until we are certain of crop failures, it may well be too late to save the most vulnerable children.”

North Korea is suffering what its official media described last month as the worst drought in 100 years that has severely affected the main rice-growing areas.

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