North Korea suffering severe food shortage from worst harvest: UN

North Korea has suffered its worst harvest in about past ten years and according to United Nations 40 percent of people in the country is in need of urgent food aid.

It is claimed the country runs grain shortage of 1.36 million ton and this is the reason the government is reducing daily state rations since January this year.

Earlier the distribution was 380 grams per person and now it is a bit less by 11 ounces.

The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the rationing will further be decreased between July and September.

The UN relief agencies said, “The situation could further deteriorate during the lean season from May to September, if no proper and urgent humanitarian actions are taken.”

North Korea was struck by severe famine in late 1990s. Three million people were killed as state ration system then collapsed.

Since then a major part of the population has learned to fend for themselves by securing food sourced from unofficial markets.

The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the rationing will further be decreased between July and September.

However, millions of people in the country are still relying on the state ration system.

In 2016 the country was imposed with sanctions by UN Security Council and export of coal and other key products were banned. Oil imports were also curbed drastically. The government was deprived of important income sources and this led to undercut of food import.

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