“Impartially alleviating the suffering of people is the humanity of the Red Cross.”
2010 was a ground-breaking year for the Korean Red Cross as it greatly increased its capacity for humanitarian action. We have undertaken various activities to integrate vulnerable multicultural families and North Korean settlers into Korean society. The Korean Red Cross has also provided aid to the underprivileged and endeavored to recruit more volunteers. All this was made possible through developing diverse sources of funding.
On 19 July, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross (KNRC) dispatched the medical emergency team to Inje county in Gangwon province, the most severely damaged flood-hit area in the country. The medical emergency team was mobilized to prevent diseases and ameliorate medical conditions of the people affected by the floods.
As of 18 July, the KNRC had dispatched more than 30 disaster relief mobiles (e.g. mobile kitchen, emergency mobile, mobile laundromat) and 3,551 staffs/ volunteers to assist 13, 156 people affected by the typhoon and the floods .
Under the coordination of the KNRC national head office in Seoul, KNRC local chapters delivered 11,545 relief item sets (including food, blankets, clothes, kitchen sets, etc) to the people affected by disasters.
The Republic of Korea National Red Cross (KNRC) launched emergency relief activities to assist the victims of the earthquake in Indonesia.
On 31 May, the KNRC dispatched the medical emergency team (consisted of the Head of the General Surgery Division at Red Cross Seoul Hospital, doctors, pharmacists, and nurses) to disaster-affected areas where necessary medical infrastructures and services could not be provided.
The emergency medical relief team of the Korean Red Cross responded swiftly to helping the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan. From 20 October to 19 November, the 15-member team of doctors, nurses and relief staff made progress in Besham village in northwest Pakistan.
In line with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, on December 29, 2004, Korean Red Cross has launched an appeal to raise KRW3 billion (USD2.8 million) for helping victims of the earthquake and Tsunami stricken the areas off the western coast of northern Sumatra Sunday morning, 26 December 2004.
Typhoon "Maemi" swept through southern areas of South Korea on 13 September, leaving at least 87 people dead and almost 9,000 homeless. Some 28 people are still unaccounted for, feared carried away by mudslides and floods.