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19 Sep 2016 description


The HCT is seeking US$28.9 million to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to 600,000 people in food security, nutrition, shelter, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene for the next six months.

Situation Overview

The remnants of Typhoon Lionrock passed DPRK on 29 August 2016, merging with a low pressure front. Over the three days, 208 mm of rain deluged Hoeryong City. Between 30-31 August, the Tumen River rose 6-12 metres, breaking its banks.

18 Sep 2016 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$38.1 million of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) since the start of 2016.

  • Switzerland is the largest donor to DPRK so far in 2016, accounting for 32% (US$12.2 million) of total funding.

16 Sep 2016 description


• Typhoon LIONROCK and a low pressure system have triggered heavy rains from 28 August to 2 September over the north-western DPRK causing extensive flooding in particular in the North Hamyong province.

• At least 138 people have been killed, 395 missing, over 107 000 people have been displaced and more than 35 000 houses have been destroyed. Access and communication to the affected areas is badly impacted.

15 Sep 2016 description

Pyongyang, 15 September 2016 – World Health Organization is providing emergency health supplies and funds to DPR Korea where flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in northern provinces.

15 Sep 2016 description
report IRIN

By Jared Ferrie

Massive flooding in North Korea has killed at least 138 people and washed out roads, making it impossible for relief workers to reach thousands of victims. In addition to physical barriers to delivering aid, the crisis highlights the difficulties agencies face in a country subject to authoritarian rule, as well as international sanctions.

Read the full story here.

14 Sep 2016 description

Crisis overview

Major flooding in northeastern DPRK, primarily in North Hamgyong province, has affected 600,000 people, left 140,000 in urgent need of assistance, and displaced 107,000. 395 people are missing, and 133 have died. Considerable damage to vital health, water, and transport infrastructure leaves much of the affected population without shelter and vulnerable to waterborne diseases and food insecurity.

Key findings

Anticipated scope and scale

14 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Les pays participant aux deux sommets sur les réfugiés devraient s’engager à renforcer leurs offres de réinstallation et d’aide

14 Sep 2016 description
report UN News Service

13 septembre 2016 – A l'ouverture de la 33e session du Conseil des droits de l'homme mardi à Genève, le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a exprimé sa préoccupation face au refus d'un nombre croissant d'États membres d'accorder au Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'Homme (HCDH) ou aux mécanismes des droits de l'homme, l'accès aux pays ou aux régions spécifiques qu'ils demandent.

14 Sep 2016 description

I am honoured to address this first session of the Council's second decade.

After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access – either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us.

14 Sep 2016 description

14 September 2016 (Pyongyang): A total of 138 people have been confirmed killed and 400 people remain missing after remnants of Typhoon Lionrock caused heavy rains and flooding in the northeast of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) two weeks ago. The full extent of the damage is still being determined as some areas impacted by the floods remain inaccessible.

13 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


In the north of DPR Korea severe flooding triggered by Typhoon Lionrock has displaced over 100,000 people and destroyed homes, schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure. The impact has been devastating and UNICEF is urgently working to help those most in need.

13 Sep 2016 description

PYONGYANG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food assistance to more than 140,000 people in the north of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) affected by some of the worst floods in recent history. WFP is concerned about the continued vulnerability of these people as the extremely cold winter is approaching and major food losses are expected.

13 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

At Global Refugee Summits, Commit to Resettlement and Aid

(New York, September 13, 2016) – The massive refugee crisis demands an unprecedented global response, Human Rights Watch said today. At two summits on September 19 and 20, 2016, at the United Nations, world leaders should take bold steps to share responsibility for millions of people displaced by violence, repression, and persecution.

12 Sep 2016 description

By Patrick Fuller, IFRC

At least 140,000 people are now estimated to be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance following the floods that struck 14 days ago in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) causing widespread devastation across the province of North Hamgyong in the north east of the country.

11 Sep 2016 description


Flooding, triggered by heavy rains as a result of Typhoon Lionrock, in north-eastern DPRK has displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and other critical infrastructure. Areas along the flooded Tumen River are acutely impacted with Musan and Yonsa counties and Hoeryong City in North Hamgyong Province particularly severely affected. Counties in Ryanggang Province that border Yonsa County may also be affected but currently there is limited information available from these areas.

09 Sep 2016 description

GENEVA (9 September 2016) - In accordance with a resolution* adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March, the UN High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has designated two independent human rights experts, Ms. Sonja Biserko and Ms. Sara Hossain, to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana.

09 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 9 September 2016 - In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.