- WFP DPR Korea Country Brief, Aug 2016
- GHA/Start Network: Crisis Briefing: Humanitarian funding analysis: Flooding in DPRK, 13 Sep 2016
- UN RC DPRK Joint Assessment North Hamgyong Floods 2016
Appeals & Funding
- DPR Korea: Flood Emergency Response Plan (Sep 2016)
- 2016 DPR Korea: Needs and Priorities
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
A commentary by Andrei Lankov
World media have written extensively in recent months about the damage caused by severe flooding in North Korea. North Korean media have even described this year’s flooding as unprecedented, a catastrophe with no parallel for decades. This may well be true, even though North Korean state media and government agencies have a record of exaggerating the scale of natural disasters—obviously in order to attract foreign aid.
Pyongyang, October 19 (KCNA) -- The framework for houses has been completed in severely flood-hit Musan County, North Hamgyong Province of the DPRK.
Soldier-builders carried out the framework of dwelling houses far ahead of schedule by keeping the operation of building machines at full capacity, exploring inner reserves to the maximum and introducing advanced construction methods.
The government has initiated daily reporting of relevant epidemic prone diseases from the affected areas to the counties, the provincial and national levels. In the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) an Emergency Operations Room has been set up to plan and coordinate response based on available information from the field. The Emergency Operation Room works 24/7.
Pyongyang, October 17 (KCNA) -- A rapid progress has been made in the construction of public buildings in flood-hit North Hamgyong Province of the DPRK.
In Obong district of Hoeryong City, one of the flood-hit areas in the province, soldier-builders completed the framework for school with a total floor space of 6 000 square meters, kindergarten and clinic in a little over fifteen days after groundbreaking.
They are now speeding up the construction of public buildings with a goal to complete it by the end of this month. -0-
Flooding in North Hamgyong Province, north-east of DPRK, killed at least 138 people and displaced around 69,000 people. At least 140,000 people are severely affected and require immediate life-saving support, while as many as 600,000 people need some form of assistance.
Despite increases this year in agricultural production, authorities in North Korea’s northern provinces are once again refusing to distribute promised surplus grain to area farmers, demanding also that potatoes harvested beyond state requirements be used to produce food starch, North Korean sources say.
Under a policy intended to spur production, farmers are allowed in theory to keep 30 percent of their work unit’s production, with the government taking the rest. Farmers are also supposedly allowed to keep any surplus grain if they exceed their production targets.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
This update presents key internal displacement developments and policy updates
REPUBLIC OF KOREA / JAPAN
600,000 people affected by nation’s worst floods in living memory
After disastrous flooding in North Korea in August and September left tens of thousands of children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, a second wave of danger looms with winter approaching.
Nearly 70,000 people are homeless and another 600,000 people are in need of help because of the floods, which have so far killed more than 130 people. Without more urgent assistance, warn UNICEF and Save the Children, children are likely to endure even more suffering.
(Pyongyang, 6 October 2016): Following severe floods in DPR Korea, hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes, food stocks and personal belongings are still in need of immediate life-saving assistance. To assist those who have been affected, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$ 5 million to support the humanitarian response in North Hamgyong Province.
The Humanitarian County Team (HCT) is supporting the Government’s response, initially releasing relief materials including food, nutrition supplements, shelter kits, water purification and sanitation, health and education supplies. Building on the initial response, the HCT is targeting 600000 people to address needs in food security, nutrition, shelter, health, water, sanitation and hygiene and education.
As of 30 September 2016, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22 billion to meet the needs of 95 million humanitarian crisis-affected people in 40 countries. Together the appeals are funded at $9.4 billion, leaving a shortfall of $12.6 billion.
Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- A rapid progress is made in the construction of dwelling houses in Kyonghung County township, one of the flood-hit areas in North Hamgyong Province of the DPRK.
The interior and exterior plastering of new flats for 100 families was going at the final stage on September 28. The housing construction in the township started on Sept. 16, with mobilization of servicepersons.
The soldier-builders have set it a goal to finish the housing construction in this area by mid-October. -0-
Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- A work is progressing apace to reconstruct the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK.
Up to now, devastated railways and roads, power grid and communications network have been restored in many sections to ensure the smooth advance of construction units into the disaster areas and the normal transport of building materials.
There will be two high-level briefings during New Zealand’s September presidency: one on the Middle East, with a Syria focus, chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and the other on counter-terrorism and aviation security, chaired by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
Council members are expected to continue to hold straw polls to gauge the viability of candidates that have been nominated for the position of the next Secretary-General.
Following a severe flooding in the northeastern region of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has resulted in the loss of at least 133 lives with nearly 400 or more still missing, displacement of over 100,000 people, and considerable damage to buildings and critical infrastructure, the Royal Thai Government has made an emergency donation of US$30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support its ongoing humanitarian operations in the …
Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- Transport ships loading cement leave Nampho City for the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK one after another.
The city conducted a 3 day-long campaign to finish packing and shipment of cement and sent the first ship some days ago, while directing big efforts to packing and shipping cement in close cooperation with relevant units.
Nampho Port also pays big attention to supplying fuel and accessories in time to put wharf cranes and other facilities in full operation.
Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- South Phyongan and North Hwanghae provinces of the DPRK are taking active part in rendering material assistance to the flood-hit areas of the country's North Hamgyong Province, in hearty response to the appealing call of the Workers' Party of Korea.
A campaign is going on to boost production at electric power, coal and cement production bases in South Phyongan Province. The province has sent to those areas a large amount of building materials, food grain, clothes and daily necessities.