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28 Nov 2016 description

(Pyongyang, 28 November 2016): Three months after devastating floods hit the North Hamgyong province of DPR Korea, almost 12,000 families whose homes were destroyed have moved into new houses.
According to local authorities new homes for 11,928 families have been built and repairs were made to another 17,698 households. At the same time international agencies have been providing flood-affected people with food, shelter, medicines and water and sanitation relief to meet the most immediate needs, as well as educational supplies, warm winter clothing and household items.

25 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA / SEOUL / TOKYO (25 November 2016) A United Nations rights expert has appealed to Governments and civil society organizations to put people squarely at the centre of their approaches to improve the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, Tomás Ojea Quintana, concluded a 10-day visit to the Republic of Korea and then to Japan – his first trip to North-East Asia after being appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in August 2016. 

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 823,687 people in October, including through nutrition support, flood recovery assistance and food in exchange for rehabilitation activities.

  • In October, WFP staff conducted 69 monitoring to 20 counties and nine provinces, as well as five visits to Food for Disaster Risk Reduction activities in five counties.

  • The monthly Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in October was an average of 380 grams per person per day, higher than the 300 grams ration in September.

25 Nov 2016 description

New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.

22 Nov 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Some 12,000 North Korean families have moved into newly built homes in flood-ravaged North Hamgyong Province, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Monday.

The Unification Ministry here estimates that around 15,000 homes were destroyed in the recent floods in the North and some 37,700 households were affected by the disaster.

But the regime also found the money and manpower to make life more agreeable for leader Kim Jong-un. A private road is being built in the province so Kim can get to his summer homes there, according to a source.

21 Nov 2016 description

Pyongyang, November 19 (KCNA) -- Servicepersons and shock-brigade members from different parts of the DPRK are now working admirable feats in the project for improving rivers in the flood-hit northern part of the country.

In Musan County of North Hamgyong Province, a project was launched to improve rivers extending more than 10 kilometers.

The soldier-builders finished the embankment of the township within only two days.

17 Nov 2016 description

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) -- The project for building dikes against the Tuman River and streams came to a close in Hoeryong City, one of flood-hit areas in North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK.

Soldier-builders of the Korean People's Army finished the construction of dwelling houses in a short span of time and launched the project all at once.

16 Nov 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

In Recorded Vote, Delegates Reject Motion to Suspend Debate on Country-specific Texts Criticized as Flawed ‘Instruments of Coercion’

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved five draft resolutions today, four of which pertained to human rights situations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syria, Iran and Crimea, while one focused on crime prevention.

14 Nov 2016 description

Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015

Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.

14 Nov 2016 description

2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

14 Nov 2016 description
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GENEVA / SEOUL / TOKYO (14 November 2016) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás OJEA QUINTANA, will visit for the first time the Republic of Korea from 16 to 22 November, and Japan from 23 to 26 November 2016.

During his ten-day mission to Northeast Asia, the independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2016 will gather first-hand information from key stakeholders and assess the latest developments concerning the DPRK.

14 Nov 2016 description

Pyongyang, November 14 (KCNA) -- One-storied dwelling houses, three-storied and five-storied apartment houses for over 11 900 families, at least 3 000 units, were completed in more than one hundred areas including Hoeryong City, Musan, Yonsa, Onsong, Kyongwon and Kyonghung counties in North Hamgyong Province in a matter of more than 50 days. They were hit by the severest flood in the history of meteorological observation after the country's liberation.

10 Nov 2016 description

Pyongyang, November 10 (KCNA) -- A big progress has been made in the embankment project and the restoration of roads in Yonsa and Musan counties, some of the flood-hit areas in the northern part of the DPRK.

In Yonsa County, servicepersons finished a project for improving the Yonmyon Stream and the embankment in 1 500 meter-long section, removing 60 000 cubic meters of earth only in ten days.

04 Nov 2016 description

By Patrick Fuller, IFRC

On the night of 30 August, Ri Ju Ok, 75, and his wife Son Dok Ri, 72 were preparing for bed when a knock on the door had them scrambling up the hill behind their home within minutes. It was 11pm and floodwaters were coursing through their village. Red Cross volunteers had been going house to house evacuating the elderly to safety as quickly as possible.