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Flood-hit N. Koreans need drinking water: Red Cross

Published on Aug 1, 2012 3:59 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Koreans hit by recent deadly floods badly need drinking water, food and medical assistance, an aid group said on Wednesday after official media had reported 88 dead and nearly 63,000 homeless.

A Red Cross team has visited the western provinces of South and North Pyongan to assess damage, said Mr Francis Markus, a spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Beijing.

UN officials have also toured badly-hit regions to assess aid needs.

"In one community, about half of the houses were either destroyed or damaged...the drinking water system has been badly damaged (in some areas)," Mr Markus told AFP.

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