《中英對照讀新聞》UNICEF：Drought puts N.Korean children’s lives at risk 聯合國兒童基金會：乾旱讓北韓孩童命懸一線
A severe drought in North Korea is putting the lives of children at risk and many are in serious danger of disease and malnutrition, the U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday.
UNICEF said in a statement that there had been in a sharp increase in cases of diarrhoea among children in drought-affected areas, as access to safe drinking water and sanitation was severely compromised.
The North says it is experiencing its worst drought in a century, with some of its main farming regions particularly hard hit.
The country’s large number of malnourished children - as many as one in four children according to a 2012 study - heightens concerns about the impact of drought, UNICEF said.
Experts said that despite the severity of the drought, the North’s fledgling markets and private farm plots should provide a buffer against a famine of the sort that devastated the country in the 1990s.
malnutrition：名詞，營養不良、營養失調。例句：We start a program to help poor children suffering from malnutrition.（我們啟動一個計劃，幫助身受營養不良之苦的可憐孩子。）
plot︰名詞，計畫、陰謀、策劃、小塊地。如a garden plot花園用地；a family plot家族墓地。
buffer︰名詞，緩衝、緩衝物。例句：The air bag acts as a buffer between the driver and the steering wheel.（氣囊充當駕駛者和方向盤之間的緩衝。）