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06 Jul 2015 description


Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.

40 people dead

The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.


05 Jul 2015 description


  • Prolonged dry spell affected plantings and yield potential of the 2015 food crops

  • Sharply reduced 2014/15 early season crops for the second consecutive year

  • More rains are urgently needed to avoid a significant decrease in 2015 cereal production and the deterioration of the food security situation

  • Higher cereal import requirements forecast for 2014/15 marketing year (November/October)

30 Jun 2015 description

Tehran, June 30, IRNA - North Korean Ambassador to Tehran Kang Sam Hyon in a meeting with Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society Amir Hossein Ziaee presented an emergency request by North Korean premier asking for humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Ziaee thanked the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for supporting Iran during Iran-Iraq eight years of sacred defense and said economic sanctions is a common pain suffered by Iran and North Korea leaving negative impact on life-standard of people in both countries.

30 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 24–30 June 2015

Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.

South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

25 Jun 2015 description


24 June 2015

Minister of Justice of South Sudan Addresses the Council

The Human Rights Council today held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention, during which speakers raised allegations of human rights violations in countries and regions around the world and reiterated the Council’s responsibility to address all situations of concern. The Council also heard an address from Paulino Wanawilla Unango, Minister of Justice of South Sudan.

23 Jun 2015 description

23 June 2015

(Issued as received)

Your Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Honourable Ministers and Justices,

Ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic community,

Distinguished guests and friends of OHCHR in the Republic of Korea,

I am delighted that my very first visit to Asia as High Commissioner for Human Rights is to the Republic of Korea – and the great city of Seoul.

23 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 17–23 June 2015

Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.

23 Jun 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By James Pearson

SEOUL, June 22 (Reuters) - Despite a severe drought this year, North Korea's fledgling markets and private farm plots should provide a buffer against a famine of the sort that devastated the totalitarian nation in the 1990s.

Read the full report on Reuters - AlertNet

23 Jun 2015 description

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Tuesday 6/23/2015 - 02:02 GMT

Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years.

Parts of North and South Hwanghae provinces, in the southwest of the country, received "much rain" from June 11 to 22, ranging from 72 mm (2.9 inches) in Anak county to 95 mm in Haeju city, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Monday.

22 Jun 2015 description

GENEVA/SEOUL (22 June 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday begins a three-day official visit to Seoul, South Korea, where he will open a new UN Human Rights office to work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea.

22 Jun 2015 description
report ShelterBox

ShelterBox has been working with the Korean Committee for the Promotion of International Trade (KOMT) to provide shelter for families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by a succession of heavy storms and a harsh winter.

Many of the homes affected in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will take a long time to repair, so ShelterBox has provided a selection of items that will help people to keep warm throughout the extreme temperatures experienced during the winter, which can be as low as -25°C.

22 Jun 2015 description

Pyongyang, June 22 (KCNA) -- From June 11 to 22, overall areas of North and South Hwanghae provinces in the DPRK witnessed much rain, with 95 mm in Haeju City and 99 mm in Samchon, 97 mm in Sinchon, 72 mm in Anak, 90 mm in Sinphyong, 80 mm in Unpha, 79 mm in Koksan and 77 mm in Suan counties.

In this regard, Sim Myong Ok, deputy director of the Central Weather Forecast Station under the State Hydro-meteorological Administration, told KCNA:

19 Jun 2015 description
report Guardian

North Korea faces further food shortages as production in the country’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency said.

UN representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on 10 June and found that potato, wheat and barley harvests were at risk of being cut by up to 50% in drought-hit areas.

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17 Jun 2015 description


• Prolonged dry spell from April to early June in main growing areas of the country affected plantings and yield potential of the 2015 food crops.

• Production of the 2014/15 early season potatoes and minor wheat and barley crops, currently harvested, anticipated to be considerably reduced.

• More rains are urgently needed to avoid a significant decrease in 2015 cereal production and the deterioration of the food security situation.

17 Jun 2015 description

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Wednesday 6/17/2015 - 11:07 GMT

North Korea's food supply faces a gloomy forecast this year due to a damaging drought which has sparked fears of worsening shortages in the impoverished communist country, experts said Wednesday.

Concern grew after Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday that North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century.

17 Jun 2015 description

Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The worst drought in 100 years continues in the DPRK, causing great damage to its agricultural field.

According to data available, rice-transplanting has been finished in over 441,560 hectares of paddy fields across the country as of June 8, but at least 136,200 hectares of them are parching up.

The granaries including North and South Hwanghae provinces and South Phyongan and South Hamgyong provinces have been badly damaged.

16 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 10–16 June 2015

Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea: Weekly Ebola case incidence has risen for two consecutive weeks. Guinea recorded 16 new cases in the week to 7 June, five from unknown chains of transmission. Sierra Leone recorded 15 cases, the highest weekly total since late March. It has extended the state of emergency for 90 days.