South Korea’s Red Cross offered the North an estimated $8.3 million in aid to help cope with the recent flooding in August. According to a Unification Ministry official, the aid offered includes medical kits, emergency food and supplies.
North Korea’s agricultural section has seen frequent floods and drought since the mid-1990s. The country has been vulnerable to landslides and flash floods because of lands stripped of trees for firewood.
North Korea has relied on food aid from China, South Korea and aid agencies to feed millions of its people since a famine in the 1990s resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.
The offer has yet to be accepted by the North.
South Korean Red Cross Offers Flood Aid to North [The New York Times, 31 Aug 2010]
South Korea offers aid to flooded North [BBC News, 31 Aug 2010]