Situation Report (SR): 1 - Flash floods in South Phyongan, North Phyongan, Kangwon, North Hamgyong and South Hamgyong provinces of DPR Korea
Flash floods on 27-29 July 2012 affected vast areas of the country.
Most affected provinces are South Phyongan, North Phyongan, Kangwon, North Hamgyong and South Hamgyong.
As of 1 August 2012, 88 deaths, 134 injured and 50 missed persons are reported and 5 258 houses have been damaged and 63 000 population affected.
Government has mobilized non affected health facilities and hundreds of health workers to care for the injured and sick. The Red Cross has already mobilized relief and medical supplies to the areas affected.
In addition to the injured, increase in the diarrheal cases observed.
Health officials expect increase of diarrheal diseases, skin infection and ARI in the coming days.
“Health” and “Water and Sanitation” clusters are activated.
Flash floods on 27-29 July 2012 affected vast areas of the country. Most affected provinces are South Phyongan, North Phyongan, Kangwon, North Hamgyong and South Hamgyong.
On 31 July 2012, the Inter-agency team consisting of UNRC office, UNDP, WFP, WHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA, EUPS 1,2,3,5, SDC and MoFA/NCC visited two most flood affected areas to assess the situation. The team had split into two sub-teams - the first sub-team visited east-cost areas at South Hamgyong province and the second one went to the west to South Pyonggang province.
The Inter-agency team visited number of facilities and institutions in Songchon county in South Pyonggang province and Chonnae county in Kangwon province. In Ampoo ri, the team visited the school established as a shared point for displaced people on 31 July 2012.
Shortage of water, hygiene items, essential drugs and food has been observed in all visited places.
On the day of visit, IFRC non-food items were distributed to IDP. Displaced people were distributed to non-affected families.
Out of 49 hospitals, seven were washed away. Other hospitals were mobilized for accepting wounded and infected people. Over 1,500 health workers were mobilized for first aid, distribution of medicines, and identification of affected people and public health measures.
Health authorities established first aid points for wounded people close to their houses and workplaces.
The flash floods in the rivers and washed away 74,250 buildings and houses, leaving 88 dead, 134 injured and 50 missing. 15,716 families were affected, out of which 5,258 houses completely washed away and affected, leading to 19,349 displaced people. Public toilets, bridges and roads have been damaged.