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DPR Korea: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 2

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Situation Report
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In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 02/2004) is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

The Situation

According to the latest reports issued by the Flood Damage Rehabilitation Committee (FDRC), flooding triggered by late July's rain in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) damaged 26,197 houses and has left 39,851 people homeless. Many sections of North Pyongan, South Pyongan, Jagang, North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, Kangwon and Ryanggang provinces were subjected to severe downpours. Heavy rains have continued to fall throughout the affected area and are expected to continue into September.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

The DPRK Red Cross and the Federation participated in a joint field assessment conducted during the first week of August to Eunsan and Pukchang counties. Flooding on 24 to 25 July in Eunsan county left 230 families homeless, damaged 300 houses and killed four people while flooding in Pukchang county in the same period left 400 families homeless and killed 20 people.

In the second week of August, the DPRK Red Cross and the Federation distributed the following relief items to flood affected families in Eunsan and Pukchang counties:

PROVINCE
COUNTY
BENEFITED FAMILIES
NO. OF BENEFICIARIES
KITCHEN
SETS
BLANKETS
PCS
WATER PURIFICATION
TABLET
WATER
JERRYCANS
SOUTH PHYONGAN EUNSAN
120
520
120
520
31200
120
PUKCHANG
230
940
230
940
28200
230
TOTAL
350
1460
350
1460
59400
350

Additionally, plastic sheeting will be distributed by the DPRK Red Cross and the Federation to flood affected families in the third week of August.

The DPRK Red Cross and Federation's ongoing community based disaster preparedness activities which teach mitigation skills that reduce damages caused by disasters such as floods to communities and DPRK Red Cross branches are producing positive impact. Activities such as reinforcing river banks in particular lessened the amount of flood related damage.

The FDRC is currently addressing the flood situation in Ryanggang province.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In DPRK: International Federation Pyongyang ; P.G. Jenssen, HoD DPRK Delegation; (Tel) 850-2-381 -4350; email:ifrckp02@ifrc.org.

International Federation East Asia Regional Delegation (EARD) in Beijing; Niels Juel, Regional Disaster Management Delegate; (Tel) 86-10-6532-7162; (Mobile Tel) 86-1360 -105-0424; email:ifrccn02@ifrc.org.

Geneva-based Regional Officer, Satoshi Sugai, email:satoshi.sugai@ifrc.org; (Tel)41-22-730-4273; fax 41.22.733.03.95

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