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20 Aug 1996 description

NEW YORK, 16 August (Department of Humanitarian Affairs) -- Exactly one year after unprecedented torrential rains devastated much of the agricultural sector and infrastructure of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, heavy rainfall in July-August is once again causing widespread flooding in that country.

13 Aug 1996 description

From B. Szynalski, Director, Operational Policy and Support Division.

12 Aug 1996 description
report Voice of America


08 Aug 1996 description
report American Red Cross

Washington DC, August 8, 1996 -- Some 2,300 people have died since the start of the 1996 monsoon season in Asia,

with more than one hundred million people affected by severe flood damage to homes, croplands and infrastructure in
eight countries: North Korea, China, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Heavy rain has been falling in North Korea since mid-July, with particularly severe downpours in the past week seriously
06 Aug 1996 description

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight summer, severe floods in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) are threatening the country's food supply and damaging infrastructure, according to Robert Hauser, country representative in Pyongyang for the World Food Programme. Rains fell continuously July 26 to 28, 1996, in the southwest section of the DPRK, the heart of the country's rice-producing area.

02 Aug 1996 description
report InterAction

What U.S. NGO's are doing

A Report & Media Resource Guide
Produced by InterAction

The American Council for Voluntary International Action

This guide is regularly updated on http://www.interaction.org

U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations Providing Flood Relief to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

02 Aug 1996 description

SEOUL (Aug 2, 1996 02:47 a.m. EDT) - Food shortages in North Korea have reached a "famine stage" in some areas and recent floods are worsening prospects for the isloated state, an international aid agency said on Friday.

"North Korea will face great tragedy unless the weather condition improves in weeks to come," Tetsunao Yamamori, president of the Food for the Hungry International (FHI), told Reuters.

30 Jul 1996 description

BEIJING (Reuter) - Hundreds of thousands of volunteers in flood-hit North Korea were on alert on Tuesday after weather forecasters predicted more torrential rains would soon hit the hungry hermit nation, aid workers in Pyongyang said.

Floods caused by ''unprecedented'' rain had this month killed many people in North Korea, causing serious damage to a nation still reeling from devastating floods last year, official media in the isolated communist state reported on Monday.

30 Jul 1996 description
report Associated Press

By PAUL SHIN Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Torrential rains have inundated rice paddies and caused "heavy losses" of lives in North Korea, which is already facing a serious food shortage following last year's floods.

"Crops will not be harvested as planned," the official Korean Central News Agency said Monday.

The agency, breaking its practice of not reporting weather-related accidents or damage, said "the unexpectedly heavy rains seriously damaged vast areas of the country."

It said the floods caused …

29 Jul 1996 description

The World Food Programme, in response to growing hunger in North Korea, has launched an expanded emergency operation for the country that will feed three times as many people as before and will last until next spring.

29 Jul 1996 description

TOKYO (Reuter) - North Korea has been hit by torrential rains for the second year in a row, prompting a flood warning and a new potential threat to the communist nation's frail economic condition.

There were conflicting reports about whether the floods were as serious as last year when they caused widespread food shortages.

A report on North Korean television by Chong Yong-u, deputy director of North Korea's Central Weather Forecast Research, said there had been rain of up to 20 inches in some places in the southwest of the country since last Wednesday.

18 Jul 1996 description

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Secretary of State Warren Christopher, preparing for an Asia trip, has voiced impatience with North Korea's failure to join four-party security talks and said there are limits to what the international community will do to raw Pyongyang in.

''I think we're all anxious that those two plus two discussions take place,'' Christopher said in an interview with Reuters late Wednesday, referring to the U.S.-South Korea proposal for talks that would include North Korea and China.

16 Jul 1996 description

WINNIPEG, Man. -- North Koreans suffering from hunger in that country will soon receive food from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).