SEOUL • North Korea is suffering its worst drought in decades and food supplies are reportedly running low, but South Korea's push to provide aid is bogged down by growing tension over missile tests and sanctions crackdowns. South Korea is seeking to send food directly to the North while scaling up donations to international agencies, including the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), two sources said. If it takes off, it would mark the South's first bilateral food aid since 2010, when it delivered 5,000 tonnes of rice, Unification Ministry data shows. The WFP says more than 10 million North Koreans are in urgent need after crop output plunged to a decade low last year. On Wednesday, Pyongyang's state media said the North's average rain and snowfall this year fell to their lowest levels in 37 years. The Korean Central News Agency described the situation as "an extreme drought". A devastating famine in the 1990s, exacerbated by drought, killed as many as one million North … [Read more...] about Seoul seeks to send food aid to North Korea as drought worsens
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