S Korea to send 1st aid ship to flood-hit N Korea

Despite prevailing tension between the two countries, South Korea plans to send its first aid shipment to North Korea next week to help it recover from major flooding in the summer.

Seoul: Despite prevailing tension between
the two countries, South Korea plans to send its first aid
shipment to North Korea next week to help it recover from
major flooding in the summer, the South`s Unification Ministry
said on Monday.

"Sometime next week, the first shipment of relief
materials will possibly be made (to North Korea)," ministry
spokesman Chun Hae Sung said in a news briefing.

Since the end of June, torrential rainfall and strong
winds have wreaked havoc across North Korea, worsened by the
impact of Typhoon Muifa in August, according to the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies.

Ties between the neighbours were aggravated when 46
sailors died in the sinking in March last year of the warship
Cheonan, which was blamed on Pyongyang.

North Korea strongly denied involvement in the ship
sinking.

Relations further deteriorated when the North launched an
artillery attack on a South Korean border island last
November, killing two Marines and two civilians.

Inter-Korean relations seem to be warming with South
Korea on September 2 allowing members of the country`s largest
Buddhist sect to visit North Korea.

Meanwhile, a US humanitarian aid shipment for recovery
from flooding arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday.

PTI

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