By Formosa News Group (Originally in Chinese)
In mid-July 2013, continuous, torrential rainfall triggered flash floods and landslides across North Korea. According to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society, the events claimed 33 lives and caused 18 people to go missing. An estimated 4,000 people were reported to have lost their homes and 50,000 were displaced. In addition, about 13,300 hectares of cropland were swept away, buried or submerged. Among the most severely affected provinces were North and South Pyongan, North and South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong, Kangwon and Jagang.
Upon hearing of the situation and the heartbreak of those affected, Supreme Master Ching Hai graciously contributed US$30,000 and asked our Association members to provide timely help. Thus, employees of Loving Hut factory, Light Light Industry Limited in Formosa quickly prepared US$29,136 (including shipping and fees) worth of emergency relief goods comprised of vegan food supplies and tents for delivery to North Korea. There the Red Cross Society of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea gratefully accepted the materials and distributed them to flood-affected residents of North Pyongan Province, the South Pyongan Provincial Orphanage, and Kaesŏng City Orphanage.
Our deep appreciation to Supreme Master Ching Hai for Her unconditional support, and to the hardworking Red Cross Society of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. May the people of North Korea be filled with much comfort.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Flood Relief Work
in North Korea
|Tents and food (black sesame powder, organic brown rice drink, veggie shreds, plain flour, rice and crackers)||$15,000||A|
|Other expenses (freight, transportation, storage and delivery, etc.)||58,861||B|
|Total|| TWD 868,192