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South Korea to Provide Emergency Aid to North Korean Flood Victims


South Korea says it will provide 230 million dollars in emergency humanitarian aid to North Korea to help the country recover from devastating floods.

South Korea's Unification Ministry announced Sunday it will give the North 100,000 tons of rice, 100,000 tons of cement and 80,000 blankets, along with dump trucks, construction equipment and medical supplies.

North and South Korean Red Cross officials helped negotiate the aid package at the North's Diamond Mountain resort Saturday.

South Korean independent aid groups have also pledged more than 10 million dollars in emergency aid to help flood victims.

North Korea says a typhoon and heavy monsoon rains left hundreds of people dead or missing, and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings in early July. Foreign humanitarian groups say the death toll is much higher.

Seoul suspended regular aid supplies in July after Pyongyang test-fired ballistic missiles.

South Korea's unification minister Lee Jong-Seok says those deliveries will not resume until concerns about the missile program are addressed.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters

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