North Korea: Coronavirus

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2020 to Question HL10034 on North Korea: Coronavirus, if his Department will make available the assessment of the humanitarian situation in North Korea, completed in September 2020.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The FCDO assesses the DPRK's humanitarian situation is most likely getting worse. Abnormally high cumulative rainfall in the monsoon period earlier this year caused widespread crop and infrastructure damage. This increases the risk of higher domestic food production deficits, greater food insecurity and failure to meet basic needs in parts of the country. Significant economic deterioration due to COVID-19 control measures and increased access limitations will make it more difficult to provide assistance to the most vulnerable communities.

FCDO staff will continue to monitor the situation.

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