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Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Typhoon Bolaven DREF operation n° MDRKP005

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CHF 272,817 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,515 families (11,600 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: 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. The high intensity rainfall within a short period of time, with strong winds, resulted in flash floods in the affected counties. Among all, Tanchon county is the most affected.

According to data provided by the DPRK government, as of 3 September, at least 59 persons are dead, 1 is injured and 50 are missing. A total of 5,766 dwelling houses have been partially or totally damaged and 2,192 houses have been submerged. Access to the affected areas were cut off due to the flooding, delaying the flow of information and making it difficult to verify the needs and gaps on the ground.

The damage caused by the floods was reconfirmed by international non-governmental organizations working in the country. Some communities were completely washed away by landslides.

This operation seeks to support the DPRK Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in providing immediate assistance to about 2,515 families with immediate relief supply as well as some on-the-ground hygiene promotion activities to avoid outbreaks of diseases. The operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 12 December 2012. A final report will be made available by 12 March 2013.

The situation

Successive torrential rains and tropical storms have caused extensive flooding at the end of August, severely damaging buildings, infrastructure and crops throughout the DPRK especially in south and north Pyongan, south and north Hwanghae, south and north Hamgyong, Jagang and Ryanggang provinces. The high intensity rainfall within a short period of time, with strong winds, resulted in flash floods in the affected areas.

On 28-30 August, Typhoon Bolaven hit the country, worsening the flood situation in DPRK, especially in south and north Hwanghae, south and north Hamgyong, Kangwon and Ryanggang provinces. Preliminary information released by the government indicates that as of 3 September, at least 59 persons are dead, 1 is injured and 50 are missing. A total of 5,766 dwelling houses have been partially or totally damaged and 2,192 houses have been submerged. Up to 52,299 hectares of crop land were submerged, buried or washed away, aggravating the food situation in the country.