Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Typhoon Bolaven - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin reflects the current situation and details available at this time. As the rainy season is still unfolding, with reports of more damage coming every day, the Red Cross Society of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK RCS), together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are considering requesting funds from IFRC’s disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) in the coming days. Support channelled through the DPRK Red Cross’s longer-term planning framework under the emergency planning component is also welcomed.

Since July, most parts of DPRK were hit by consecutive floods caused by torrential rains. The impact of these floods was exacerbated when typhoon Bolaven hit on 28 August. While information on the extent of damage is slowly coming in, according to data provided by the DPRK government, as of 3 September, at least 59 persons are dead, 1 is injured and 50 are missed. A total of 5,766 dwelling houses have been partially or totally damaged and 2,192 houses are submerged.

In response to the latest typhoon, DPRK RCS, with the support of IFRC, released 2,515 emergency relief kits, including quilts with covers, cooking sets, plastic sheets, jerry cans, hygiene kits and water purification tablets, which were distributed to the flood affected families covering 11,604 beneficiaries in three provinces.