Typhoon Bolaven hit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 28 Aug 2012, worsening the extensive flooding caused by successive torrential rains and tropical storms since July. As of 3 Sep, 59 people had been killed, 5,766 houses had been destroyed or damaged and 2192 houses were submerged. Up to 52,299 hectares of crop land were submerged, buried or washed away aggravating the food situation in the country. (IFRC, 5 Sep 2012)
In the Republic of Korea, the typhoon killed 19 people and left a trail of damage across parts of the country. It was the strongest typhoon to hit the country for almost a decade. (AFP, 30 Aug 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.
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.