USAID to Help North Koreans Affected by Floods

Aug. 16, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Henrietta Fore today authorized $100,000 in United States government humanitarian aid to help respond to the severe destructive impact of recent floods in the Democratic Peoplefs Republic of Korea (North Korea). Two U.S. non-governmental organizations, Mercy Corps and Samaritan's Purse, will each receive $50,000 to provide blankets, shelter materials, water containers and other supplies to those in need.

We extend our deep sympathy to those who have suffered the loss of their homes or loved ones as a result of the floods. These two NGOs have responded to previous humanitarian emergencies in the DPRK and elsewhere in the world, and we are confident that they will ensure this assistance reaches those most affected by the floods.

Press and international relief agency reports indicate that casualties and damage to arable land in North Korea may be extensive. As we receive further details about the extent of the damage, we will continue to consider how we can best assist the people of North Korea during this difficult time. For more information about USAID and its emergency humanitarian assistance programs, please visit: