The data in this report is based on ongoing assessments from resident UN Agencies on the effects of heavy rains and floods occurring in the southern areas of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) notably in the provinces of North and South Hwanghae. This report details information collected between July 28 th and August 19 th, 2011.
Government data is being received in batches. The latest set of Government data (August 22) details that a total of 31 lives were lost, and 3 persons remain missing. A total of 3,376 houses are reported as totally destroyed in the affected provinces of South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, Kangwon, Nampo City, and Kaesong City. In the same areas, a total of 48,385 unit hectares of arable land is reported as either submerged, buried, or washed away.
Heavy rainfall and repeated storms have been reported in North and South Hwanghae provinces starting June 23 rd and continuing through July and August. The most affected counties to date, are reported to be: Pyoksong, Haeju City, Chongdan, Paechon, and Pongchon counties (South Hwanghae province), and Sohung county (North Hwanghae).
The Government sought assistance from resident United Nations Agencies in DPRK to support their response efforts. No international UN appeal is envisaged at this time. UN Agencies are working in coordination with the IFRC to distribute pre-positioned supplies (details below).