The United Nations humanitarian fund created to speed up relief efforts around the world said it allocated $15.1 million for aid to North Korea in 2013.
The Central Emergency Response Fund said on its website that it provided emergency food assistance, as well as vaccines and essential medicines, to people in the flood-affected regions especially children and women in the communist North through the World Food Program and other U.N. organizations.
In 2012, the U.N. humanitarian fund allocated $12.9 million to North Korea.
The CERF provided a total of $482 million to 45 countries across the globe last year, with North Korea being the 11th-largest recipient.
The North has relied on international handouts since the late 1990s when it suffered a widespread famine that was estimated to have killed 2 million people. (Yonhap News)