DPR Korea: Floods - Aug 2010
Downpours between 19 and 20 August inundated rivers in northeast China, causing severe flooding and damage to Sinuiju city in the northwestern area of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Amnok river reached its highest water level since 1995, with flash floods submerging Sangdan, Hadan and Taji-ris in Sinuiju city, and Soho, Ojok and Maksa islands in Uiju city. According to government authorities, a total of 23,651 people were displaced, 7,139 dwelling houses were totally or partially destroyed, and more than 7,200 hectares of farmland were affected by the flash floods. In response, CHF 378,714 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 August to support the DPRK Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 16,000 beneficiaries and to replenish 2,500 family disaster preparedness stocks. The IFRC released its final report on 23 June 2011, and CHF 70,659 in unspent funds were returned to the DREF at the end of the operation. (IFRC, 23 Jun 2011)
In response to humanitarian needs arising from recent flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.), the United States will provide emergency humanitarian assistance to D.P.R.K. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute up to $900,000 in emergency relief supplies to North Korea's Kangwon and North and South Hwanghae provinces through U.S. NGOs. Following severe flooding in September 2010, USAID provided $600,000 in emergency relief supplies to the D.P.R.K.
U.S. aid to North Korea over the last 15 years totaled more than US$1.3 billion, according to official figures. The U.S. Congressional Research Service in a report Sunday said Washington provided $1.31 billion worth of food, energy and medical aid to North Korea since 1995, when the Geneva accords on the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons was signed.
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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
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Summary: CHF 378,714 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 August 2010 to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 16,000 beneficiaries and to replenish 2,500 family disaster preparedness stocks.
This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2010.
The IFRC’s East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC has programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010
In brief Programme outcome: The programmes supported by the international Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are all streamlined with the strategic aims of IFRC’s Strategy 2020:
29 April 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced plans to introduce emergency operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to feed an estimated 3.5 million people in desperate need after crop losses and a particularly bitter winter. Women and children will be the focus of the one-year WFP operation, which follows an assessment by several aid agencies of food security inside the DPRK, according to a press release issued by the agency. The operation is expected to cost just over $200 million.
Human Rights Council
- Nationwide Pardon on the 65th Anniversary of the Party Foundation
- Pyongyang Residents Rejoice at Food Distribution
- Pyongyang now Relieved after the 65th Anniversary Celebration
- „Special Safety Force‟ in Demonstrative Operation to Investigate Judicial Institutions
- Flood Destroys Half of Farm Harvests in Keumya County
- Rice Production Likely to Drop by 30% in YeomJoo County
- The Ongoing Flood Damage
As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's republic of Korea, I was on my first official visit to the Republic of Korea from 22 to 26 November 2010. The purpose of my visit was to assess the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it impacts on the republic of Korea (RoK). In October this year, my request to access the DPRK did not receive a favourable decision from the Government of the DPRK. This paved my decision to travel first to neighbouring countries, such as the RoK and Japan.
In response to North Korea's devastating artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday, South Korea has suspended aid shipments of food and cement to the North's flood-stricken Shinuiju region.
Seoul's Unification Ministry announced on Wednesday that the South Korean Red Cross' delivery of 3,700 tons of cement and US$506,000 worth of medical supplies in China's Dandong has been halted.
Nearly $2.4 million worth of private sector-led humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in North Korea awaiting shipment has also been suspended.
In DPRK, including the estimates for the 2010 main season harvest and forecast for the 2011 early season crops, a total of 5.33 million tonnes of staple food production from the cooperative farms, individual plots on sloping land and household gardens for 2010/11 is expected. This is about 3 percent higher than in 2009/10.
16 November 2010, Rome - About five million people living in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue to face food shortages despite a relatively good harvest and a slight increase in food supply, a joint report by FAO and WFP said today.
A joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission that visited DPRK in September found that the country faces a cereal import requirement for the 2010/11 marketing year (Nov/Oct) of an estimated 867 000 tonnes.
- Rice Price Drops at the News of Lifting Rice Support Obligations
- Upon Arrival of Food from China, Food is Distributed to Each County.
- Raise in Pay Next Year
- Significant Improvement in Electrical Power Conditions since October
- "Now that we have electricity, it's like drinking the nectar of the gods"
- Central Party Orders to Stop Collecting
Rice for Military Provision
- Sound of Hailing at Farms at the News of No More Collection of Rice for Military Provision
- "Finally They Think of People"
- Meat Support Obligation to the Military Also Lifted
- "At least now we can fill our bellies with potatoes."
In the context of the Asia Pacific zone's demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, the East Asia region is at high risk from a wide range of disasters and health emergencies.
There are five nations within the East Asia region: China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK), Mongolia and Japan.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the largest humanitarian organization in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for many years, thanks to its close collaboration with the DPRK Red Cross to assist to the most vulnerable in the country.
Yanghwari Farmers in Shinpo Survive on Grass Porridge
Farmers of Yanghwari Farm in Shinpo, South Hamgyong Province, are still living on grass porridge. The food that had been distributed to them last year has long since run out, and crops, including barley, potato, and corn, planted this year have been ruined due to frequent storms. The managers of the farm claim that they have no more food, because last year's ration was only enough to sustain farmers through September. The farmers say that not much was left after the army took their rice and pork to be used for army provisions.