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18 Jul 2019 description

James Belgrave

In May 2019, World Food Programme (WFP) teams visited nine of the DPRK’s provinces to assess the food security situation after the 2018 harvest was the worst in 10 years. This is an insider’s view of this mission.

18 Jul 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

Huge rains late August 2018 in southern DPR Korea brought with them floods, landslides and loss, affecting over 10,000 people. In Kumchon County, one of the worst affected areas, the floods claimed the lives of 42 people, with children among the victims. Landslides were one of the biggest dangers in this mountainous area and Ri Hyo Sim, mother of 2-year-old Yu Chol, witnessed first-hand how their home and belongings could be taken away in a blink of an eye.

03 May 2019 description

A United Nations food security assessment in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea) has found that following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest. The aggregate 2018/19 food crop production is estimated at 4.9 million metric tons, which is the lowest since the 2008/09 season.

03 May 2019 description

After worst harvest in ten years, 10 million people in DPRK face imminent food shortages

UN report finds worryingly low food consumption, limited dietary diversity and families being forced to cut meals or eat less

PYONGYANG/ROME A United Nations food security assessment in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has found that following the worst harvest in 10 years, due to dry spells, heatwaves and flooding, about 10.1 million people suffer from severe food shortages, meaning they do not have enough food until the next harvest.

06 Mar 2019 description

The Humanitarian Country Team in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is today releasing the 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan which calls for US$120 million to urgently provide life-saving aid to 3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

06 Mar 2019 description

OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION

Amid continuing geopolitical dynamics the situation for millions of people in the DPR Korea (DPRK) remains grim. The country’s most vulnerable people struggle with food insecurity and undernutrition and lack of access to basic services. As a result, around 10.9 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance to cover their food, nutrition, health and water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

Chronic food insecurity

05 Mar 2019 description

BACKGROUND

Strategic Objectives

  1. Reduce preventable mortality and morbidity through access to basic health services and psychosocial support as well as epidemic prevention, control and community surveillance.

25 Feb 2019 description

News that food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2018 was at its lowest point for a decade is raising fears that many vulnerable groups – children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, older people and people with underlying illnesses – may be at risk of under-nutrition and health problems.

15 Jan 2019 description

Overview

Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

08 Jan 2019 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and gradually grew to a medium-sized typhoon. On 23 August 2018, 6 a.m. local time, Typhoon Soulik began arcing towards the Korean Peninsula. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Soulik struck the southern island of Jeju in South Korea in the early morning of 23 August, causing heavy rain and gale force winds.

03 Jan 2019 description

By Maude Froberg, IFRC

The sound of digging echoes over the mountain slope in the early morning. It is a slow arduous digging, as the soil is becoming more frozen by the day. Choe Gwang Chol, volunteer from the Red Cross, leans against his spade and pauses.

“There is still a lot of mud in the gardens and next to the houses,” he says.

25 Oct 2018 description

FACTS & FIGURES

10.3 million people are undernourished

6.2 million people were affected by natural disasters in 2004-2016

EU humanitarian funding: €135.7 million since 1995

Introduction

16 Oct 2018 description

Seoul, 16 October 2018 – In response to large-scale flooding and landslides that hit southwestern parts of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the European Union is providing EUR 100 000 (KRW 131,000,000) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. This aid will benefit a total of 24 000 people in some of the worst-hit areas of North and South Hwanghae provinces.

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

1,060 mt of food distributed

US$ 11.93 m six months (Sep 2018– Feb 2019) net funding requirements

457,760 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP distributed 1,060 mt of fortified food to 457, 760 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under-five in nine provinces.

10 Sep 2018 description

JAPAN

As of 5 September, 11 people in four prefectures in Kansai (Osaka, Shiga, Aichi, Mie) are known to have died and approximately 470 people in 28 prefectures were injured after Typhoon Jebi struck Japan on 4 September. Over 1,700 houses/buildings are confirmed to have been partially or entirely destroyed in 24 prefectures, most of which are in Kansai region. The Typhoon resulted in more than 8,000 people being temporarily displaced, and left 310,000 households without power.