DPRK

DPR Korea - Heavy Rains and Floods Information Report No. 2

Format
Situation Report
Source
Posted
Originally published
Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0276
SITUATION

1. SINCE 15 JULY HEAVY RAINS HAVE HIT PARTS OF DPRK , WITH UP TO 800 MM PRECIPITATION IN SOME AREAS BETWEEN 24 - 27 JULY.

2. ACCORDING TO REPORTS BY THE AUTHORITIES AND THE UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE, THE HARDEST HIT AREAS ARE NORTH AND SOUTH HWANGHAE PROVINCES, PYONGYANG, NORTH AND SOUTH PHYONGAN PROVINCES AND JAGANG PROVINCE. IN RECENT DAYS, ALSO THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN HIT BY HEAVY RAINS ( UP TO 200 MM IN 2 DAYS ) AND AN ASSESSMENT MISSION FROM THE AUTHORITIES AND THE UN AGENCIES LEFT FOR THE AREA ON 13 AUGUST. INFORMATION ON THIS MISSION'S FINDINGS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEXT DHA INFORMATION REPORT.

3. DATA COLLECTED BY THE DRPK STATE REHABILITATION COMMITTEE OF FLOOD DAMAGE, AND SUPPORTED BY THE UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE, SHOW THAT THE TOTAL AFFECTED POPULATION IS 3,270,000, AND THE DISASTER HAS CLAIMED 116 LIVES. 8,626 HOUSES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED, BEING EITHER SUBMERGED OR COLLAPSED, AS WELL AS 3,825 PUBLIC BUILDINGS. THERE IS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO 63 KM ROADS, 50 BRIDGES, 2.4 KM OF RAILWAY LINES, 763 KM OF WATERWAYS, 19 WATER RESERVOIRS, 792 PUMPING STATIONS AND 1,074 DAMS.

4. APPROX. 56,000 HA OF FARMLAND HAVE BEEN LOST DURING THE FLOODS, TRANSLATING INTO AN ESTIMATED CROP LOSS OF 336,000 TONS OF FOOD GRAINS. LOSS OF LIVESTOCK IS REPORTED TO BE APPROX 26,000, MAINLY SMALLER ANIMALS.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

5. THE GOVERNMENT OF DPRK HAS TAKEN STEPS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGES. THEY ARE ALSO (TOGETHER WITH THE UN AGENCIES) ASSESSING AND COLLECTING DATA ON THE NEWLY AFFECTED AREAS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

6. THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DPRK TO UNITED NATIONS HAS CONVEYED HIS GOVERNMENT'S CONCERN ABOUT THE CURRENT FLOODS TO USG AKASHI, AND REQUESTED THE UNITED NATIONS TO PERSUE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CURRENT UN INTER-AGENCY CONSOLIDATED APPEAL FOR THE DPRK.

7. DHA HAS BEEN INFORMED ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTION OF NGL 500,000 (US $ 299,401) FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF NETHERLANDS TOWARDS THE FLOOD RELIEF.

8. THE UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND FORWARD FURTHER INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

9. THIS INFORMATION REPORT RELATES ONLY TO THE FLOODING CAUSED AS A RESULT OF RECENT RAINS IN JULY AND AUGUST 1996. IT IS NOT LINKED TO THE UN CONSOLIDATED APPEAL FOR DPRK (1996-1997) ISSUED IN JUNE 1996. HOWEVER, THIS NEW ROUND OF FLOODS AGGRAVATES THE SITUATION OUTLINED IN THE APPEAL.

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