Democratic People’s Republic of Korea/North Hamgyong Province: Floods Emergency Appeal n° MDRKP008 operations update n° 3 (6 months report)

This Operation Update n° 3 gives an account of the humanitarian situation and the response carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) during the period between 12 September 2016 and 12 March 2017, as per revised emergency plan of action (EPOA) with the support of IFRC to meet the needs of floods affected families of North Hamgyong Province in DPRK.

SUMMARY

The Emergency Appeal was revised on 5 January 2017, and this revised emergency appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs (reduced from 15,199,723 Swiss francs) to enable 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 flood response operation is focused on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

The major change in the revised appeal included a stronger focus on health activities such as household first aid kits and extended First Aid training for volunteers. The requirement for additional international staff as surge support has also been established and in the revised appeal there is a provision for one operation manager for three months and one WASH delegate for 12 months.

APPEAL HISTORY

  • 13 September 2016 – Emergency Plan of Action for allocation from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) launched to support 20,000 people for 6 months with CHF 506,810 to ensure that the immediate needs of flood-affected population are met through provision and replenishment of essential household and shelter items.

  • 20 September 2016 – Emergency Appeal was launched to support 28,000 people for 12 months with provision of health and care, WASH, Shelter, essential household items distribution and replenishment, winterization and DRR /Capacity building assistance. The IFRC initially sought CHF 15,199,723 to support the operation.

  • 23 September 2016 – Operation Update No. 1 was made on September 23 that outlined the support details for immediate humanitarian needs of 28,000 people (7,000 families) in North Hamgyong Province, highlighting the programmes and services under this operation to directly support the affected communities across the Province.

  • 27 October 2016 – Operation Update No. 2 was published to reflect the progress on relief activitiesconducted by DPRK RCS and highlighted the lack of funds leading to numerous activities that could not be executed.

  • 5 January 2017 – Emergency Appeal Revision was made to prioritize the activities based on immediate needs. The IFRC sought CHF 7,421,586 to support the 330,000 people for 12 months with provision of health and care, WASH, Shelter, essential household items distribution and subsequent replenishment, winterization and DRR /capacity building assistance.