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30 Jan 2015 description

Republic of Korea contributes 1.18 million for humanitarian assistance in Libya

Tunis, Tunisia 28 January 2015 – The Korean Government has contributed USD 1.18 million to support the humanitarian assistance to Libya. The contribution aims at augmenting the United Nations’ ongoing involvement to address the humanitarian needs resulting from the armed conflict in Libya.

29 Jan 2015 description

By Patrick Fuller, IFRC

Efforts to help flood-affected communities across three states of East Coast Peninsular Malaysia, received a significant boost when the Government of the Republic of Korea donated $100,000 US dollars to relief operations supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

26 Jan 2015 description

1 . The first batch of the Korea Disaster Response Team (KDRT) (nine private-sector and military doctors and nurses) dispatched to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola returned home on January 26 after successfully completing its medical activities in the country for four weeks.

19 Jan 2015 description

The Republic of Korea has confirmed a first ever multi-year contribution to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) within the framework of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). A regional, multi-year strategy, the SSAR has been spearheaded by UNHCR and endorsed by the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, supporting voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration as well as the efforts of host countries to assist refugees.

06 Jan 2015 description
report JoongAng Daily

Kim Jong-un’s offer of a summit leads to a series of concessions

The Park Geun-hye administration will offer money from the state-operated Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund to North Korea through private aid groups for the first time in five years.

The decision appeared to be part of a rapprochement that began when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un suggested a summit with the South last week.

05 Jan 2015 description

Addis Ababa. 29 December 2014 – Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization Country Office for Ethiopia (WCO) joined forces in the effort to heighten Ebola virus disease (EDV) preparedness in Ethiopia. KOICA’s support to WHO will contribute to strengthening the capacity of the Ethiopian health system to prepare for Ebola in line with the country’s EVD outbreak preparedness plan.

31 Dec 2014 description

Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines

The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

31 Dec 2014 description

Volcanic Explosivity in Asia-Pacific

This map shows the density of volcanic eruptions based on the explosivity index for each eruption and the time period of the eruption. Eruption information is spread to 100km beyond point source to indicate areas that could be affected by volcanic emissions or ground shaking.

31 Dec 2014 description

Flood Risk

Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.

This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.

Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch

31 Dec 2014 description

Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

31 Dec 2014 description

Physical Exposure to Drought

Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.

The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:

31 Dec 2014 description

Tropical Storm Risk Zones

This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

31 Dec 2014 description

Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific

Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.

24 Dec 2014 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Korean relief troops returned home from the Philippines on Tuesday, where they were stationed to help rebuild Tacloban after it was devastated by typhoon Haiyan last year.

Their mission officially concluded with a ceremony at the Army's Special Warfare Command in Seoul on Wednesday, with over 1,200 servicemen and their families present.

At the request of the Filipino government, the Araw Unit was deployed on Dec. 27, 2013 and committed to help the people of Tacloban rebuild their lives.

22 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Okapi

La Corée du Sud va allouer une aide financière de 8,5 millions de dollars américains à la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) en 2015, a annoncé mercredi 17 décembre le chargé d’affaires de l’ambassade sud-coréenne, au cours d’un dîner de presse organisé à Kinshasa. Ce fonds qui a déjà été décaissé par l’Agence coréenne au développement devra servir au développement du secteur agricole congolais.

22 Dec 2014 description

QUEZON CITY, 21 December (PIA) - The Korean Government will provide humanitarian assistance worth US$1 million to assist in the relief and initial recovery works and strengthening of disaster risk reduction (DRR) capacity of the Philippines after Typhoon ‘Ruby’ (Hagupit) lashed parts of the country early this month.

The humanitarian assistance will be provided by the Korean Embassy in the Philippines. The assistance is a testament to the strong ties between Korea and the Philippines, and sincere expression of friendship and camaraderie to the Philippines.

22 Dec 2014 description
  1. During his visit to Jordan, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se visited the Zaatari refugee camp operated by the UNHCR -- the UN Refugee Agency -- on December 19 to offer encouragement to Syrian refugees and to relay the willingness of the government of the Republic of Korea to assist them.

  2. During his visit to the camp, Minister Yun delivered some one million US dollars in humanitarian assistance. Out of the fund, 900,000 US dollars will be used to buy 300 caravans, -- container houses -- with the rest to be channeled into improving school facilities on the camp.

20 Dec 2014 description

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have inked a partnership that will enable the recovery and build the resilience of selected local government units and communities in Eastern Visayas.