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07 Oct 2016 description

600,000 people affected by nation’s worst floods in living memory

After disastrous flooding in North Korea in August and September left tens of thousands of children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, a second wave of danger looms with winter approaching.

Nearly 70,000 people are homeless and another 600,000 people are in need of help because of the floods, which have so far killed more than 130 people. Without more urgent assistance, warn UNICEF and Save the Children, children are likely to endure even more suffering.

31 Aug 1999 description
report Save the Children

At a glance

  • economic collapse is creating widespread food shortages
  • malnutrition: 16% of children are acutely malnourished and 60% are stunted
  • breakdown in health services
  • working with the Ministry of Public Health to improve the skills of nursery and hospital staff in the rehabilitation of malnourished children
  • working with the government to set up a national nutritional surveillance system
  • SCF is seconding two nutritionists to Unicef who are working closely with the Ministry of Health and DPRK's Institute of Child Nutrition.