North Korea Faces ‘Alarming’ Drought, Declining Food Aid: U.N.

North Korea Faces ‘Alarming’ Drought, Declining Food Aid: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS — A predicted rainfall shortage in some parts of North Korea, combined with reduced food aid this year, will have an “alarming” effect on the nutrition of the nation’s young children and pregnant and lactating women, the U.N. Secretary-General warned Friday.

Ban Ki-moon told U.N. member nations in a report on North Korea’s human rights situation that rainfall in some areas of the country is expected to be 18 percent lower this year than in 2009, despite torrential downpours and flooding that hit the country’s west on Aug. 20.

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