Devastating floods in North Korea are forcing the government there to turn to Christian agencies for help.
Torrential rains in the communist country have ruined crops, washed out bridges, and destroyed many homes.
Although relations with the United States are strained, North Korea requested relief supplies from Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity based in North Carolina.
"But we were contacted by the North Korean mission in New York City. They asked us for help. They asked for medicine, they asked for food, they asked for building materials," said Ken Isaacs, international director of projects for Samaritan's Purse.
The Christian charity loaded a chartered 747 airplane with 90 tons of relief aid, including medicine, water filtration systems, temporary shelter materials, blankets, and hand tools.
"What this shipment will signal is that Christians in America care about the condition of other people in the world. And that care is unconditional. This gives us an opportunity to practically demonstrate that," Isaacs said.
Samaritan's Purse said it has provided some $12 million in emergency assistance to the people of North Korea since 1997.