The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Monday it will be giving 56,000 Swiss francs, or around $56,200 to North Korea as emergency relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Lingling.
On its official Twitter account on Monday, the IFRC’s Asia Pacific branch said teams of its workers were in North Korean villages assessing the damage done by Typhoon Lingling, which made landfall on the Korean Peninsula over the weekend and wreaked havoc in North Korea’s major food producing provinces before passing through the country early Monday morning.
Pyongyang scoffs but has taken food support from China, Russia
South Korea Wednesday set into motion a donation of $8 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) and Unicef for emergency nutritional and medical assistance to North Korea.
Typhoon Soulik is expected to hit Mokpo, South Jeolla, around Thursday, bringing with it heavy rain and storms that may cause severe damage.
This will be the first time in six years that a typhoon will hit Korea.
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said at 9 a.m. Monday that the typhoon is passing over the sea southeast of Kagoshima, Japan, and is approaching the Korean Peninsula from below. By Wednesday morning, the medium-sized typhoon is expected to approach Seogwipo, Jeju Island. Its top wind speed is projected to be 87.2 miles per hour.
Humanitarian support is separate, gov’t says, though allies disagree
The South Korean government will give North Korea $8 million worth of aid through two international organizations under the UN, as President Moon Jae-in continues to distinguish between humanitarian assistance and political and military affairs in his dealings with the Kim Jong-un regime.
South Korea Tuesday approved an enforcement ordinance for the North Korean Human Rights Act, allowing the law to come into effect this Sunday, 11 years after the bill was first submitted to the parliament.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn passed the ordinance during a cabinet meeting Tuesday, five months after the law was passed by the National Assembly, ending 11 years of partisan wrangling over the content and purpose of the law.