Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

WFP warns of starvation in NKorea as Pyongyang celebrates Arirang 2011 News

A United Nations food agency on Friday said the number of severely malnourished children hospitalised in North Korea is rising rapidly.

The World Food Programme said it has been able to reach far fewer than half the 3.5 m million North Koreans it hopes to feed.

It says it is also concerned its emergency operation is only 30 percent funded.

Local factories don t have the ingredients needed to make special nutritious biscuits the organisation added.

The Rome-based agency said that although damage to farmland from recent flooding does not seem too widespread it is too early to tell the full impact on food production among chronically hungry North Koreans.

The warning comes after Pyongyang held a massive synchronised dance and gymnastics show meant to glorify its leaders and unify its people ahead of a crucial anniversary next year.

Arirang was held on Thursday at the May Day Stadium to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People s Republic of Korea North Korea s official name..

Senior party and state officials watched children perform a gymnastics routine of cartwheels flips and splits in bright costume.

The performance comes as the North prepares for next year s centennial of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung.

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