The medical supplies will be shipped from Bridge Foundation's warehouse in Amsterdam to Beijing for onward carriage to Pyongyang. The unprecedented torrential rains and subsequent flooding has wreaked havoc on that nations' corn and rice crop and have washed away bridges and housing.
According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), "data showed that torrential rains since early July have caused extensive flooding and landslides across the impoverished communist country, killing 33 people and injuring 2 others with 18 still missing. An estimated 4,000 families have lost their homes and 50,000 have been displaced."
Bridge Foundation will be on the ground to oversee distribution to three northern counties: Kwaksan, Unsan and Thaechon. Bridge supplied three "Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) -- with each kit providing enough essential drugs and supplies to treat a population of 10,000 people for 90 days. In addition, more than one-million tabs of multi-vitamins, various antibiotics and antifungals were provided.
"At the request of the DPRK's United Nations Mission in New York City, responding to their request for assistance is the direct mission of the Bridge Foundation," said Gary Galanis, Managing Director. "And we are proud to be able to deliver these critically needed supplies to aid the people of the DPRK during this difficult time."
The shipment is scheduled to depart on Friday August 23, from the Netherlands.
Bridge Foundation will be partnering with the Korean American Private Exchange Society (KAPES). Bridge Foundation is also working on additional shipments to assist the people of North Korea as their struggle continues during these uncertain times.