DPRK

DPR Korea: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0159
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Floods

This situation report is based on the information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator's Office (UN RC/HC) in Pyongyang and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies among others.

Situation

1. Torrential rain between 14 and 16 July caused severe floods and landslides in many parts of the country, affecting mostly South Pyongan, North Hwanghae, Kangwon and South Hamgyong provinces. North Korea officials report that 151 people die, figures reported by come media are significantly higher but they remain uncorroborated. In addition landslides and flash floods totally or partially destroyed 23 400 houses with 16 900 families becoming homeless and resulting in extensive damage to crops and infrastructure.

International Response

2. The Red Cross was quickly mobilised and has distributed so far 4 950 family kits to the six counties which the government reports as being most seriously affected. The national Red Cross and the Federation Disaster Management Officer have monitored the distribution and the flood situation. The family kits are part of a stand by stock that is kept in country.

3. The Ministry of Public Health has delivered UNICEF emergency health kits to eight county hospitals and 66 local clinics in four provinces. County and clinic kits consist of emergency essential medicines and supplies for three months. Kits distributed in county hospitals serve 10,000 people and those for clinics cover 5,000 people. Supplies were released from UNICEF's in-country stocks.

4. WFP is delivering 150 tonnes of food aid to flood affected people in Songchon county, South Pyongan province. The food is sufficient for 13,000 people for 30 days and is part of WFP's in-country stocks for ongoing programmes.

5. The Government of the Republic of Korea plans to provide aid worth around USD10 million to match the funds mobilized by civil society. An additional aid package, which is expected to comprise mostly rice and emergency medical items, will be prepared as a response to the request by the Korean Red Cross Society.

6. OCHA is in close contact with the UN RC/HC's Office in Pyongyang and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

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Press contact:

(GVA) Ms. Elisabeth Byrs Direct tel: + 41-22-917 2653
(NY) Ms. Stephanie Bunker Direct tel: + 1-917 367 5126

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