N. Korea needs immediate food aid due to flood: UN
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea needs immediate food assistance after heavy rains killed scores of people and submerged vast swaths of farmland, a Untied Nations office said on Thursday.
That assessment was released by the UN resident coordinator's office in Pyongyang following visits to flood-stricken areas in North Korea earlier this week. Floods caused by two storm systems last month killed at least 119 people and left tens of thousands homeless, according to the North's state media.
The United States said it would consider a request for assistance but has not received one, and it was not aware of Pyongyang making such requests to other states.
"If requested, it would be something that that we would carefully evaluate but we are not at that point," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told a news conference in Washington on Thursday.