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US aid shipment arrives in flood-hit DPRK

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A US aid shipment arrived on Saturday in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) with around 90 tons of emergency supplies for the flood-hit nation, the organization conducting the operation said.

"The plane has landed, and the relief supplies are in the DPRK," said Todd Shearer, a spokesman for US-based Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.

The DPRK has seen international aid supplies reduce in recent years as tensions in the Korean Peninsula have racked up.

The aid delivered on Saturday is being funded by the US government and Washington had said it was to arrive at the weekend in Pyongyang.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned about the well-being of the people in the DPRK, and this humanitarian assistance is not linked to any political or security issues.

Washington granted $900,000 in funding for the supplies, while Samaritan's Purse said it furnished $1.2 million for the airlift.

Samaritan's Purse said the aid includes blankets, plastic sheeting for shelters, hygiene kits, water filtration systems and medical supplies.

DPRK state media said on Aug 5 that floods in the country triggered by torrential rain had killed 30 people and destroyed almost 7,000 houses.

More than 15,000 people were left homeless by the floods, which also inundated 48,000 hectares of farmland, "seriously affecting this year's grain output," the Korean Central News Agency said.

An additional 350 factories and public buildings also collapsed.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

US aid shipment arrives in flood-hit DPRK

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US aid shipment arrives in flood-hit DPRK

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