East Asia regional office (MAA54001) Annual Report 2014

Overview

The IFRC East Asia Regional Office (EARO) supports and builds capacities of National Societies (NSs) in the East Asia region. The region includes China, Mongolia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The IFRC supports all five national Red Cross Societies in the region and additionally has long-term planning frameworks specifically for the NSs in China, Mongolia, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

EARO continued supporting the National Societies in East Asia in increasing their capacity to deliver relevant and sustainable services to the communities, and was successful in reaching the objectives of its programmes. Due to shifting EANS priorities, some of the activities have been postponed for later. In East Asia region was struck by earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruption and other disasters. The EANSs, supported by IFRC, have effectively responded to the most serious of those disasters. EARO had

CHINA

Leadership changed in the RCSC in 2014. On 26 September, a new RCSC Communist Party Secretary and Executive Vice President was inaugurated.

Several disasters hit China and resulted in extensive loss of lives and property. Earthquakes, rainstorms, typhoons and manmade disasters claimed about 1,000 lives and had serious social impact. The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and IFRC have provided assistance to the disaster victims in various part of the country.

JAPAN

Japan was affected by typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in 2014. Several people were reported dead or missing.

The typhoon “Vongfong” hit Japan with heavy rain and strong wind on 11 September. Around 28,000 households in the affected areas were without electricity because of the typhoon. Branches of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) in the affected areas were put on standby for the deployment of relief teams and monitored the situation around the clock until the situation had been brought under control.

On 27 September, Mt Ontake in central Japan erupted. 32 people were seriously injured. Two JRCS disaster medical assistance teams were deployed to the affected area. The local Red Cross branch provided 150 blankets to the evacuation centre to help the victims.

On 22 November, an M-6.8 earthquake struck the north of Nagano prefecture in the central part of Japan. The main areas affected by the strong tremors were Nagano city, Otani town and Ogawa town. A total of 39 people were injured. Seven houses collapsed in Hakuba town, which is in a mountainous area. JRCS dispatched three national medical response teams to the affected areas to support the rescued/evacuated people and to make a rapid assessment for the development of further plans of action.

MONGOLIA

MRCS continued to receive technical and financial support from IFRC and other partners. IFRC has provided extensive support for the national convention of the MRCS, technical training related to financial development, HR development, organizational development and other aspects such as linking MRCS with the IFRC Asia Pacific Fundraisers’ Network, safety and security, volunteer management etc.

A regional resilience workshop was organized by IFRC in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in December. Workshop participants developed and endorsed an action plan for 2015. EANSS agreed to scale-up Community Resilience Programmes in their NSs and to mainstream them with on-going projects/programmes.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

The leadership of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross (KNRC) changed in October. A new President of KNRC was elected. She has extensive experience from her previous engagements in the private sector and strongly supports regional cooperation among National Societies in East Asia.