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07 Dec 2012 description

GLIDE n° FL-2011-000096-PRK

Period covered by this final report: 16 August 2011 to 31 August 2012

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,392,728 Appeal coverage: Based on the initial appeal of CHF 3.49 million, the appeal remained at 69 per cent covered in cash and kind.

Appeal history:

• A revised Emergency Appeal was launched in February 2012 for CHF 2.39 million to assist 30,000 floodaffected people (up to 7,500 families) for 12 months.

13 Jul 2012 description

“Good Friends” aims to help the North Korean people from a humanistic point of view and publishes “North Korea Today” describing the way the North Korean people live as accurately as possible. We at Good Friends also hope to be a bridge between the North Korean people and the world.

  • Even well-off families Can Only Add a Handful of Rice to Their Corn Meal Porridge

  • Chungdan County Residents Can't Even Get a Bowl of Porridge

  • Summer Comes Again When Last Year’s Flood Damage Has Not Been Even Repaired

04 Jun 2012 description

GLIDE n° FL-2011-000096-PRK

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 2,392,728 million (originally CHF 3.49 million) in cash, kind, or services to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross National Society to assist 30,000 flood-affected people (up to 7,500 families) for 12 months, and will be completed by 31 August 2012. A Final Report will be made available by 30 November 2012. This report also serves as a consolidated report on progress from 11 August 2011 – 30 April 2012.

30 Apr 2012 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011

In brief

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 (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan. The IFRC has annual programmes that support the national societies in China, Mongolia, and the DPRK.

27 Apr 2012 description

This report covers the period January – December 2011

Programme(s) summary

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 the IFRC’s Strategy 2020:

Strategic aim 1: Save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters

19 Jan 2012 description

The Red Cross Society of China provided 6,000 boxes of instant noodles worth 300,000 RMB to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 16th, January 2012, in the requirement of the DPRK Red Cross.

Asked by RCSC, Liaoning provincial red cross bought disaster relief food and transferred them to Sinuiju from Dandong city.

Serious flood in DPRK led to crop failure in 2011.

06 Jan 2012 description


Asia and the Pacific continues to live up to its reputation as the world’s most natural-disaster-prone region. The International Disaster Database, EM-DAT, reports 89 natural-disaster events in the region in 2011. In terms of the number of events, China (14), Indonesia (6) and the Philippines (22) top the list. However, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand suffered the greatest number of lives lost.

21 Dec 2011 description
report The Guardian

US postponement of food aid decision after death of Kim Jong-il is related to denuclearisation talks, experts claim

Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 21 December 2011 18.56 GMT

Read the full article in the Guardian.

07 Dec 2011 description


  • Despite floods in parts, higher aggregate cereal harvest estimated for 2011

  • Cereal import requirements remain high but are estimated to fall in 2011/12

  • More than three million vulnerable people are estimated to face food deficit as chronic food insecurity continues throughout the country

Despite floods in parts, higher aggregate cereal harvest estimated for 2011

30 Nov 2011 description

[Intro] There is a way to prevent loss of grains

Station 3 Focuses on the Issue of Threshing

Grain Losses While Threshing

Despite Asking Farmers to have a sense of ownership…

With Stricter Border Controls, Chinese Villages Lack Farmhands

Hard to Cross the Boarder with No Cellular Phones

18 Nov 2011 description
report Voice of America

South Korea says it is looking to donate baby formula originally intended for North Korea to countries in Africa and elsewhere hit by disasters. The formula was part of a bigger aid shipment that was never accepted by Pyongyang.

The South Korean government says consultations are underway with other countries and charity groups about where to donate nearly 300,000 packs of baby food.

17 Nov 2011 description

By Francis Markus in Pyongyang

With thousands of survivors of severe floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea still seriously short of food and proper shelter, there’s an urgent need for more support towards relief efforts, but also for more backing and investment for disaster risk reduction.

Local officials and national Red Cross society staff say that only about 20-25 per cent of the rice crop in the worst hit province of South Hwanghae is expected to be saved, following the flooding.

14 Nov 2011 description

On November 11th, 40 Tzu Chi volunteers left for North Korea for 9 days relief operation in 4 prefectures. The volunteers planned to distribute more than 13,000 tons of rice, 350,000 liters of cooking oil and 43 tons of infant formula to benefit over 400,000 recipients equaling to 143,000 households in total. This time, volunteers will distribute the largest amount of aid items in one single relief operation which make the new record of Tzu Chi’s relief distribution history.

11 Nov 2011 description

By Francis Markus in Chontae Ri, South Hwanghae Province

The rice stalks which Chang Ok Bun, 32, is feeding into her makeshift earthenware stove give off a characteristic smoke with an innocent fragrance of the countryside.

But let’s not for a minute lose sight of the fact that squatting on the ground in front of a tent made from a Red Cross tarpaulin to cook up a meager lunch of maize eked out with radish, is still a pretty miserable experience.

In this tiny village of Chon Tae Ri, there are only three families living in tents, of which Ms. Chang’s is one.

09 Nov 2011 description

Period covered by this operation update: 24 September – 25 October 2011.

Appeal target (current): The Emergency Appeal sought CHF 3.49 million in cash, kind, or services to support the DPRK Red Cross National Society to assist 30,000 flood-affected people for 12 months, and will be completed by 31 August 2012. A Final Report will be made available by 30 November 2012.

Appeal coverage: 49%; additional funds are urgently needed to meet the needs outlined in this appeal.

Appeal history:

08 Nov 2011 description

[Intro] Is Crackdown on North Korean Refugees the Best Way?

Refugees Expected This Winter

Fees for Border Crossing Skyrocket as Surveillance Increases

Border-crossing Families Increase due to Food Crisis

No Means of Asking for Support from Daughter Who Fled to South Korea

Some Increase in Crops in North Hamgyong Farms

Lack of Salt Poses Challenge for Making Next Six Months’ Supply of Kimchi

06 Nov 2011 description

By Francis Markus in Soksa Ri, South Hwanghae

As you approach the village of Soksa Ri from the road, it looks like any other settlement of neat cottages, resting on a gentle slope, amid the freshly harvested rice fields.

It’s only when you get closer that you see the ruins of villagers’ homes and the buildings with large chunks of the roof torn off them by July’s floods, which inflicted widespread devastation on tiny community of 65 households - and large areas of the DPRK’s most important agricultural land.

03 Nov 2011 description

OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) is a global, real-time database that records all reported international humanitarian aid, including that for UN Agencies, NGOs, the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement, bilateral aid, in-kind aid, and private donations.
FTS features a special focus on Consolidated Appeals and Flash Appeals because they cover the major humanitarian crisis and because their funding requirements are well defined - which allows FTS to indicate to what extent populations in crisis receive humanitarian aid in proportion to needs.

03 Nov 2011 description


Between May and September 2011, a number of disasters including floods and storms continued to devastate Asia and the Pacific region.

Floods occurred in China from June onwards, affecting over 36 million people and killing at least 355 people. Despite direct economic losses of nearly US$6.5 billion, no international assistance was requested.