STORY: Video from state broadcaster KRT showed photographs of families in Haeju, located in South Hwanghae province, reacting upon receiving bags of medicines delivered by officials.
North Korea revealed this week it was facing an "acute enteric epidemic" on top of a weeks-long outbreak of COVID. It did not elaborate what the disease was, but enteric refers to the gastrointestinal tract.
On Thursday (June 16), an official at South Korea's Unification Ministry handling inter-Korean affairs said Seoul is monitoring the outbreak, suspected to be cholera or typhoid.
South Hwanghae province is North Korea's key agricultural region and the outbreak raised concerns it may add to chronic food shortages amid the wave of COVID-19 infections.