Thursday, March 18, 2004
ANOTHER SHORTAGE IN THE DPRK: WATER
Korea Herald (Choi Soung-ah, "N.K. DESPERATELY NEEDS CLEAN WATER," 03/18/04) reported that for residents of most rural towns in the DPRK, water is only available two to four hours a day, and the quality of that water supply is visibly terrible, the executive director of UNICEF said yesterday. Speaking at a news conference in downtown Seoul, Bellamy stressed the urgency of water purification, as it is directly related to any issue being dealt with by the world's children-and-women's aid organization, including basic health care and education. "The needs in terms of water and sanitation are presently covered in a proportion of 20 to 25 percent," Bellamy said. "And a majority of the hospitals do not have clean water."