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.
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.
Visit by His Excellency Nasri Gustaman, Ambassador of Indonesia, to child institutions in Pyongson City, DPR Korea
A US$2 million contribution from Indonesia to WFP’s operation in DPR Korea was used to buy vegetable oil. The oil - along with Super Cereal, (a blended food, fortified with vitamins and minerals), cereals and pulses - was distributed by WFP to child institutions in the 85 counties where WFP is actively engaged in fighting hunger and undernutrition.
Indonesia will send food aid worth US$2 million in hopes of improving the famine crisis in North Korea, said Coordinating Peoples Welfare Minister Agung Laksono on Wednesday.
“[We] have coordinated with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to send aid to the World Food Program (WFP), which will later distribute it to citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea,” he said in Jakarta as quoted by tempo.co.
The Indonesian government plans to give US$2 million of aid to the North Korean government to help it with its ongoing food crisis.
According to Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, the government had long planned to aid the North Korean government, but had been held back due to technical difficulties related to the funds’ distribution.
"We want to make sure that this humanitarian aid goes to the right people in North Korea," Marty said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.
Table of contents
Grain prices rising while Food Price Index remains stable 1
Mixed news on domestic prices 2
Thai government firm on new rice support policy 4
Pork prices hit record high in China 4
Democratic People's Republic of Korea wants Myanmar rice 4
Climate change threatening Cambodia's rural poor 4
Food concerns in Myanmar 5
From the Editor
Issue 34 of Field Exchange has a special focus on infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE) and is dedicated to the memory of Tom Marchione.
Leading the IFE 'show' is an extended field article from the UNICEF team in Indonesia, sharing their IFE experiences in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2006. On reading the piece you may well get that 'deja-vu' feeling - mass arrival and untargeted distribution of infant formula, milk powder, and commercial baby foods to mothers and children. Monitoring was almost non-existent.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Church World Service is the Humanitarian Agency of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
35 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
The last few months have once again involved an extensive amount of activity for the Emergencies Support Unit (ESU) and for the Asia section within CAFOD. This has been a result of the intensification of ongoing emergencies in countries to which we are committed, as well as a number of new emergencies - notably the cyclone in India.