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22 Oct 2013 description
  1. Who are we?

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian organization operating in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 1995. IFRC works in five out of nine provinces and has the most extensive access to the country, especially when compared to other international organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). IFRC works with an average annual budget of CHF 8 million.

06 May 2013 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2012


The IFRC’s East Asia regional delegation (EARD) serves to support and build capacities within the national societies (NSs) of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC supports all five national Red Cross Societies in the region and additionally has long-term planning frameworks specifically for the NSs in China, Mongolia, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

06 May 2013 description

In Syria, fighting between the Government and opposition groups continued in all governorates apart from Tartous and As-Sweida. Following a large scale offensive by the Government initiated on 26 April, heavy fighting has been reported in and around Damascus. Clashes in Eastern Ghouta forced the closure of Damascus international airport. Approximately 6.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country while some 4.25 million people are displaced and over 1.4 million people have fled into neighbouring countries.

29 Mar 2013 description


Since July 2012, most parts of DPRK were hit by consecutive floods caused by torrential rains. The impact of these floods was exacerbated when Typhoon Bolaven hit on 28 August 2012.

DPRK Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS), with the support from IFRC, has carried out the flood response and relief operation in south Hamgyong, north Hamgyong and Ryanggang provinces which were severely affected by typhoon Bolaven with high intensity rainfall within a short period of time as well as strong winds resulting in flash floods.

01 Feb 2013 description
report ShelterBox

Shanghai Rotarian Randal Eastman assisted ShelterBox in helping homeless typhoon survivors in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), who have been living in winterised ShelterBox tents throughout the harsh winter, protecting them against the extreme subzero temperatures.

05 Nov 2012 description

Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.

30 Oct 2012 description

Period covered by this update: 13 September - 12 October 2012

CHF 272,817 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,515 families (11,600 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.


27 Sep 2012 description

The mission will conduct field work during 26 September to 6 October, and will then make a presentation of its prelinary findings to the international community based in Pyongyang on October 8. The CFSAM report is expected to be published in November.

17 Sep 2012 description

Pyongyang, September 14 (KCNA) -- The flood and typhoon that swept most areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from mid-June to late August caused heavy casualties and material losses in the country.

According to data available, 300 people were confirmed dead and another 600 injured and missing throughout the country.

The devastating flood damaged, destroyed and submerged more than 87 280 houses, leaving 298 050 people homeless.

14 Sep 2012 description

CHF 272,817 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,515 families (11,600 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

12 Sep 2012 description

Tropical storm Bolaven (Typhoon -15), passed over the Korean peninsula on 28-29 August. After passing over Seoul and northern South Korea, the storm moved over eastern DPR Korea with only South Hamgyong Province suffering any significant damage, although some damage was reported in neighbouring Ryangang province and some other localised areas.

12 Sep 2012 description

Pyongyang, September 11 (KCNA) -- DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, made a field survey of Komdok area where operations are now under way to recover from typhoon and downpour damage as early as possible.

Service personnel and people are now waging a high-pitched drive to recover from flood damage, helping and pulling each other along true to the order of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.

07 Sep 2012 description

09/07/2012 06:00 GMT

Seoul, Sept 7, 2012 (AFP) - South Korea has proposed sending emergency relief aid to North Korea, the first such offer since ties sank into a deep freeze after the death of the North's leader last December.

The South's Red Cross chief sent a proposal on Monday calling for talks with North Korea on the shipment of aid, the Unification Ministry, which handles cross-border affairs, said Friday.

Official aid from the South to the North often goes through the Red Cross as a matter of formality.

05 Sep 2012 description

This bulletin reflects the current situation and details available at this time. As the rainy season is still unfolding, with reports of more damage coming every day, the Red Cross Society of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK RCS), together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are considering requesting funds from IFRC’s disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) in the coming days. Support channelled through the DPRK Red Cross’s longer-term planning framework under the emergency planning component is also welcomed.

03 Sep 2012 description

09/03/2012 11:22 GMT

Seoul, Sept 3, 2012 (AFP) - A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country's state news agency said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven pounded the Korean peninsula last Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and damage in the two Koreas.

03 Sep 2012 description

Pyongyang, September 3 (KCNA) -- Typhoon-15 brought big damage to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

As of Sunday, it was confirmed that the typhoon left 48 persons dead and more than 50 injured or missing, 6 700 odd houses destroyed or inundated and 21 180 people homeless across the country.

It also damaged at least 50 000 hectares of farmland, ravaging crops in 45 320 hectares of paddy and non-paddy fields.

More than 16 730 trees fell down and 880 industrial and public buildings were disabled.

30 Aug 2012 description

Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) -- Typhoon-15, which swept across most areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, left 3 people dead, over 3 300 people homeless and more than 32 000 hectares of farmland ravaged.

According to data available on Thursday, more than 490 houses were submerged or destroyed in Paekam County, Ryanggang Province and 100 in Sinpho City, South Hamgyong Province.

Over 1 250 hectares of farmland were inundated throughout the country, more than 1 000 hectares of farmland in South Hwanghae Province, one of the nation's granaries.

30 Aug 2012 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – August 30, 2012 – AmeriCares is airlifting an emergency shipment of medicines to North Korea this week to aid survivors of recent flooding. The delivery includes enough antibiotics, hospital supplies and wound care products to treat up to 15,000 survivors. Flooding and landslides from typhoons in June and July damaged 69 health facilities, leaving 700,000 North Koreans without access to health care.

30 Aug 2012 description

08/30/2012 12:41 GMT

Seoul, Aug 30, 2012 (AFP) - A new typhoon hit South Korea's southern coast on Thursday, killing two people, as the country cleared up damage from a powerful storm earlier in the week that left 19 dead.

Typhoon Tembin, with winds of up to 83 kilometres per hour (52 mph), made landfall at the southern city of Suncheon and brought more than 150 millimetres (six inches) of rain to some parts of the country, the weather service said.

29 Aug 2012 description

08/29/2012 15:19 GMT

Seoul, Aug 29, 2012 (AFP) - South Korean rescuers Wednesday recovered two more bodies near two wrecked Chinese fishing boats, bringing the confirmed death toll from a powerful typhoon to 18.

Typhoon Bolaven -- the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade -- left a trail of death and damage in southwestern and south-central regions of the country.

It drove two Chinese fishing ships aground early Tuesday off the southern island of Jeju, sparking a dramatic rescue operation.