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16 Oct 2018 description

Seoul, 16 October 2018 – In response to large-scale flooding and landslides that hit southwestern parts of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the European Union is providing EUR 100 000 (KRW 131,000,000) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. This aid will benefit a total of 24 000 people in some of the worst-hit areas of North and South Hwanghae provinces.

09 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Critical food programmes in North Korea can’t wait for ‘diplomatic progress’, UN food agency warns

According to Herve Verhoosel, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN agency is staring at a massive 73 per cent shortfall in funding for 2018, hurting critical programmes such as nutritional support for children.

“We must not wait for diplomatic progress to alleviate the suffering of millions of people - funds are urgently needed now,” said Mr. Verhoosel.

20 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

1,060 mt of food distributed

US$ 11.93 m six months (Sep 2018– Feb 2019) net funding requirements

457,760 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP distributed 1,060 mt of fortified food to 457, 760 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under-five in nine provinces.

10 Sep 2018 description


As of 5 September, 11 people in four prefectures in Kansai (Osaka, Shiga, Aichi, Mie) are known to have died and approximately 470 people in 28 prefectures were injured after Typhoon Jebi struck Japan on 4 September. Over 1,700 houses/buildings are confirmed to have been partially or entirely destroyed in 24 prefectures, most of which are in Kansai region. The Typhoon resulted in more than 8,000 people being temporarily displaced, and left 310,000 households without power.

07 Sep 2018 description

Description of the disaster

Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and gradually grew to a medium-sized typhoon. As of 23 August 2018, 6 a.m. local time, Typhoon Soulik has begun arcing towards the Korean Peninsula. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Soulik struck the southern island of Jeju in South Korea in the early morning on 23 August 2018, causing heavy rain and gale force winds.

07 Sep 2018 description


On 29 and 30 August, persistent heavy rains over a 48-hour period caused flash floods in North and South Hwanghae Provinces, in the south-west of DPR Korea. According to Government data, nearly 10,700 people have been displaced from their homes. At least 76 people are known to have died and many hundreds more are injured or missing. Numbers are expected to rise as further assessments are conducted.

07 Sep 2018 description


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the commitment made by Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 5 September to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

06 Sep 2018 description

Beijing/Kuala Lumpur / Geneva 06 September 2018 – Red Cross volunteers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are searching for survivors in the aftermath of severe flooding that has killed 76 people in North and South Hwanghae provinces. More than 75 people are still missing, many of them children.

05 Sep 2018 description


• Below-average rains, coupled with high temperatures from mid-July until mid-August, a critical period for crops, affected 8 percent of the average area cultivated in the main season.

The main agricultural season starts in April, with the arrival of the spring rains, and the harvest normally takes place between September and October (see Figure 1).

05 Sep 2018 description
  • Severe floods have been affecting North and South Hwanghae provinces since 30 August. In both provinces there were reportedly 200 deaths and over 9 000 displaced. Houses, infrastructure and crops have also been destroyed. Kangwon province is allegedly badly affected, but limited information is available (10 000 houses damaged and 35 000 displaced according to the Red Cross Society).
03 Sep 2018 description


On 24 August, Tropical Storm Soulik caused extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in heavy flooding in Kangwon and South Hamgyong provinces. Munchon city was worst affected with 10 reported deaths, 60 persons missing and ongoing search and rescue activities. Over 58,000 people were reportedly displaced from both Munchon city and Kowon city. Many schools and health facilities were destroyed or damaged. The water supply system of Munchon city was destroyed leaving tens of thousands of people without access to safe drinking water.

24 Aug 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Tropical Storm Soulik was formed off the coast of Guam on 16 August 2018 as a small storm and has gradually grown to a medium-sized typhoon. Japan Meteorological Agency followed suit and upgraded it to a typhoon on 17 August 2018.

23 Aug 2018 description

Beijing / Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 23 August 2018 – Vulnerable communities on the Korean peninsula are braced for the impact of Typhoon Soulik, expected to make landfall in South Korea at midnight on 23 August and move northeastwards to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday morning.

22 Aug 2018 description


21 Aug 2018 description

20 AUGUST 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

20 Aug 2018 description

GENEVA (20 August 2018) – The reunion of separated North and South Korean families has been welcomed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“These reunions are a significant step on the path to fully respecting and honouring the human rights of all people living on the Korean peninsula and beyond,” said the Rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana.