Democratic People's Republic of KoreaOngoing
Appeals & Response Plans
This report 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 31 December 2017, as per revised Emergency Operation Appeal (EPOA) with the support of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to meet the needs of floods affected families of North Hamgyong Province in DPRK.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest international humanitarian organization and the UN's frontline agency for fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
In a world where one in nine people worldwide still suffer from hunger, the international community has committed to end hunger and achieve food security by the year 2030, as mentioned in Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (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 16 months.
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.
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.
WFP reached 143,300 people with emergency food assistance following the floods in North Hamgyong province. People are in need of food and nutrition assistance until the end of the harsh winter in March 2017.
To provide assistance to the flood affected areas, WFP requires an additional USD 7.2 million for the flood response.
The monthly Public Distribution System (PDS) ration during the period July-September was the lowest ration distributed in 2016, equalling 52 percent of the daily caloric requirements.
Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- A work is progressing apace to reconstruct the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK.
Up to now, devastated railways and roads, power grid and communications network have been restored in many sections to ensure the smooth advance of construction units into the disaster areas and the normal transport of building materials.
Heavy rains in August following Typhoon Lionrock resulted in floods in the provinces of North Hamgyong and Ryanggang. Initial Government figures for North Hamgyong indicated 44,000 people were displaced, 60 people died and 25 people were missing.
Delayed arrival of commodities caused a break in the production of fortified biscuits, affecting 277,817 children in August, who only received a ration of fortified cereals.
• In the first half of 2016 UNICEF DPRK provided children in urgent need of support with life-saving interventions to improve child health, nutrition and water and sanitation.
• UNICEF has also supported safer storage facilities for essential childhood vaccines, which are now functioning in 44% per cent of immunization facilities. A programme to improve community-based care for children with malnutrition is now accessible to 60% of under-5 population.
Snapshot 16 – 22 March
Somalia: On 15 March Al Shabaab moved into Puntland and seized control of Garad, a port town. In the following days Al Shabaab captured another coastal town in Nugaal region and attacked a security checkpoint near Bosaso. Most of the residents are reported to have fled the area. Al Shabaab has previously been active in Puntland, but generally around its base of the Galgala Mountains, west of Bosaso, and it has not attempted to take territory.
Snapshot 9 – 15 March
Yemen: Insecurity in Aden is increasing, with attacks carried out on civilian targets. At least 150 people have been reported killed in the past three months, including at least 50 in March. Humanitarian actors have increasing difficulty to carry out operations. In Taizz, the west of the city has been taken by pro-Hadi forces after heavy fighting: fighting for the east continues.
Snapshot 2–8 March 2016
Malawi and Mozambique: Flooding and drought have led to the most severe food crisis Malawi has faced in a decade: 2.8 million people face acute food insecurity, including 900,000 facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes. In Mozambique, an estimated 600,000 people are in Crisis due to drought. In addition, 9,300 Mozambicans in Malawi who fled armed conflict need WASH, health and shelter assistance.
2015 FUNDING OUTLOOK
"We are raising as much, or more, as we’ve ever raised. Our traditional donors are as generous as ever.
It’s that the number of crises is outpacing the generosity. We need those who have given to us to give more. And we need more donors to support the gap.” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, speaking in August 2015 to Philanthropy Age magazine.
October 2015 – Trends
Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey
November 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
Snapshot 2–8 September 2015
Yemen: The health system in Taizz governorate is close to collapse. All public hospitals have closed, and the remaining health facilities are overwhelmed by severely injured people as well as a dengue outbreak. Access remains severely restricted across the country. Hudaydah port, the main entry point for humanitarian supplies in north and central Yemen, remains closed, and road transport from Aden port to northern governorates remains limited.
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Snapshot 12 August –18 August 2015
Yemen: The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. 1.4 million people have become displaced since conflict escalated in March – a 12% increase since early July. Fuel shortages and access issues continue to affect provision of health services. 23% of Yemen’s health facilities are either partially funtional or non-functional.