Published : 2010-03-30 00:13
Updated : 2010-03-30 00:13
South Korea said Tuesday it will send 1 billion won ($866,000) worth of hand sanitizer next week to North Korea to help the impoverished neighbor combat the spread of the H1N1 flu virus, according to Yonhap News.
The shipment of 200,000 liters of sanitizer, scheduled for next Monday, comes after South Korea delivered some $15 million in anti-viral medications to the North in December in the first state-level cross-border humanitarian aid in nearly two years.
North Korea first acknowledged cases of Influenza A virus infection on Dec. 9, but it has yet to report any flu-related deaths.
The hand sanitizer will be transported to the North Korean border town of Kaesong on South Korean trucks across the military demarcation line and handed to the North there, Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said.
"North Korea agreed to accept the aid on Feb. 22," he told reporters, adding about 20 25-ton trucks will likely be mobilized to deliver the aid.