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17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP reached 680,249 people in December with nutrition assistance, including in flood affected counties.

  • Fortified biscuit rations were reduced in December due to projected assistance breaks tied to funding shortfalls (flood-affected areas were exempt).

  • The government-provided Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in December was an average of 400 grams per person per day. This is higher than the 380 gram ration in November and meets approximately 69 percent of daily caloric requirements.

06 Jan 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs (reduced from 15,199,723 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 330,000 people (82,500 households) affected by the floods for 12 months. The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

30 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

The protracted humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to be characterised by food insecurity, limited access to health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), resulting in chronic malnutrition and poor health outcomes. In 2016, life-saving interventions continue to complement national efforts to deliver basic services. In addition, recurring natural hazards such as floods and drought, including the impact of the 2015 El Niño phenomenon, have exacerbated existing vulnerabilities.

28 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • In anticipation of a break in assistance at the end of April 2017, WFP has reduced fortified biscuit rations. The reduction will not be implemented in the flood-affected areas in the north of the country.

  • A joint mission visited the flood-affected areas in the north in November. Needs continue to be high for essential medicines and nutritious food to prevent malnutrition and outbreaks of disease.

23 Dec 2016 description

In 2016, EM-DAT preliminary data indicates that 301 country level disasters occurred, affecting 102 countries. The impact of which sums up to a total of 7,628 deaths, 411 million affected people, and US$97 billion of economic damages.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

Late August’s floods in North Hamgyong, DPR Korea tore the lives and homes of thousands of families apart. Flash floods washed away entire towns, buried schools under mud and destroyed water stations. Choe Un Sim was one of the many people who saw her house washed away and thought it was the end.

20 Dec 2016 description

Bangkok, 20th December, 2016 – The European Commission is allocating € 300 000 in humanitarian aid funding to ensure the continued distribution of life-saving relief items to families affected by the recent large-scale flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

18 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

  • Main season cereal crops in 2016 partially recovered from last year’s reduced level

  • Higher cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (November/October)

  • Floods in late August negatively impacted livelihoods and food security of affected households

Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

17 Dec 2016 description

Article with pictures

Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), concluded a ten day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) including to the flood-affected areas in the northeast of the country.

13 Dec 2016 description

MCC partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, work to ease suffering of thousands affected by flooding and landslides in northern counties.

By Rachel Bergen

WINNIPEG, Man. – MCC’s partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, are working to provide relief assistance for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslides in the isolated country.

13 Dec 2016 description

13 December, 2016. Beijing - Concluding a ten day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has warned that the humanitarian needs of thousands of flood survivors in the northeast of the country must not be overlooked.

08 Dec 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity

Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future

8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.

05 Dec 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A railway accident in North Korea blamed on poor track maintenance has killed at least 40 and injured hundreds more, North Korean sources say.

The Nov. 21 accident near Tanchon city in South Hamgyong province occurred as members of a construction labor force were returning from work in flood-damaged areas along the Tumen River bordering China, one source told RFA’s Korean Service.

28 Nov 2016 description

(Pyongyang, 28 November 2016): Three months after devastating floods hit the North Hamgyong province of DPR Korea, almost 12,000 families whose homes were destroyed have moved into new houses.
According to local authorities new homes for 11,928 families have been built and repairs were made to another 17,698 households. At the same time international agencies have been providing flood-affected people with food, shelter, medicines and water and sanitation relief to meet the most immediate needs, as well as educational supplies, warm winter clothing and household items.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 823,687 people in October, including through nutrition support, flood recovery assistance and food in exchange for rehabilitation activities.

  • In October, WFP staff conducted 69 monitoring to 20 counties and nine provinces, as well as five visits to Food for Disaster Risk Reduction activities in five counties.

  • The monthly Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in October was an average of 380 grams per person per day, higher than the 300 grams ration in September.

22 Nov 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Some 12,000 North Korean families have moved into newly built homes in flood-ravaged North Hamgyong Province, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Monday.

The Unification Ministry here estimates that around 15,000 homes were destroyed in the recent floods in the North and some 37,700 households were affected by the disaster.

But the regime also found the money and manpower to make life more agreeable for leader Kim Jong-un. A private road is being built in the province so Kim can get to his summer homes there, according to a source.