DPR Korea: Floods Information Bulletin No. 3
Red Cross/Red Crescent Action
A total of 340 metric tonnes of rice has been distributed on three separate occasions by the Red Cross Society of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Federation. This amount will last the 43,000 affected victims until mid-November 1999. The 150 metric tonnes of rice taken from the Kaesong branch's Disaster Preparedness stocks need to be replaced immediately due to the unpredictability of future disasters.
Local efforts to plant rice were also affected by the disasters and the harvest in December 1999 is not expected to yield enough for consumption and stock replenishment.
The situation of the 3,000 people still living in temporary accommodation cannot be allowed to prolong, primarily for health reasons. As it is not feasible to provide them with housing materials to rebuild their homes, the provision of household items such as cooking sets, water containers, water purification materials, blankets and essential furniture will provide the victims with basic necessities and lighten the load of those they are living with.
As a result of the disaster which struck
the Kaesong area and similar disasters in the north and south
Pyongan areas, the planned decentralisation of the very limited available relief equipment from Pyongyang
to all operational provinces and Wonsan in Kangwon, was hastened and completed. Equipment provided
to each location included one rubber boat, one outboard motor, ten life jackets and two large capacity tents for use as temporary shelter. Given the situation, however, this assistance is considered as inadequate. Other agencies have little or nothing to offer the people in terms of relief equipment.
Funding is urgently needed to facilitate the rehabilitation phase for victims of this disaster. An application has been submitted to the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) for financing the entire operation. See budget details here below:
Budget summary for the rehabilitation phase in CHF
|Water treatment, 1500 bottles||
|Water containers, 1,500 units||
|Blankets, 3,000 pieces||
|Rice, 150 metric tonnes||
|Cooking kits, 3,000 units||
|Hygiene kits, 3,000 units||
The Red Cross Society of the DPRK has rapidly and efficiently provided an emergency response to the current situation and this is a direct result of its disaster preparedness programme. This small scale rehabilitation programme will help to bring relief to those families still in desperate need and without any other means of assistance.
Asia & Pacific Department
Operations Funding and Reporting Department