UN official says N Korea needs food, medicine and clean water

About 20 per cent of the children in North Korea is suffering from malnutrition about half the children in rural areas are drinking contaminated water. 

Published: 12th July 2018 10:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2018 10:21 AM   |  A+A-

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TOKYO: A senior UN official visiting North Korea is highlighting malnutrition, drinking water and a shortage of medicines as problems facing the country.

Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told a news conference in Pyongyang on Wednesday that much progress has been made in the last 20 years but significant humanitarian challenges remain. The UN released a transcript of his remarks.

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Lowcock said about 20 percent of children are stunted because of malnutrition, and about half the children in rural areas are drinking contaminated water.

He said a shortage of drugs and medical supplies and equipment is making it very difficult to treat people.

The UN is trying to raise USD 111 million for North Korea.

Lowcock said only 10 percent has been raised so far, from Sweden, Switzerland and Canada.

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