The government of the Republic of Korea will provide US$500,000 in humanitarian assistance to Indonesia, where a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on August 5 caused casualties and material damage, through the country’s Red Cross Society.
o The earthquake has left 259 people dead*, 1,033 injured, and about 270,000 displaced in Indonesia so far.
* Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) announced the number on August 9.
The Ministers/Representatives of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam (hereafter referred to as the “Lower Mekong Countries”); the European Union, the Governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and the United States; and the World Bank (hereafter referred to as the “Development Partners”); and Mekong River Commission (MRC), collectively referred to as “the Participants,”
In the spirit of promoting continued cooperation to support inclusive and sustainable development among the Lower Mekong Countries;
- The government of the Republic of Korea held a ceremony for the dispatch of the Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT), to be sent to Laos to support relief efforts following the accident at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in Laos, at Seoul Air Base on the morning of July 29.
o The ceremony was attended by the KDRT consisting of 20 medical workers, and about 40 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of National Defense, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the National Medical Center, and the Korea …
- The first batch of aid supplies, including blankets and sanitation kits, -- part of the supplies worth $500,000 that the Republic of Korea government had decided to provide to Laos over the accident that had occurred at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in the Laotian province of Attepeu on July 23 -- left Seoul Airport for the country on military transport aircraft on July 28.
° Among the first batch of aid supplies were some 1,200 blankets from the ROK government as well as relief supplies donated by the private sector, including about 200 sanitation kits from the …
- The Level-2 mobile hospital* which the government of the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with the African Union (AU), had worked to install in the African country of Mali officially opened on July 4.
* (Level-2 hospital) According to the standards of the UN, a Level-2 hospital performs 3-4 basic surgeries and treats 40 outpatients per day, and admits 10-20 patients.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to offer humanitarian assistance worth US$200,000 to Guatemala, where the eruption of the Fuego Volcano near Guatemala City, Guatemala, on June 3 killed, injured or displaced a number of people.
o As of June 6, the volcanic eruption has left 75 people dead, 192 missing, 44 injured, and 12,089 evacuated.
- The Republic of Korea government has decided to provide through the Kenya Red Cross Society $200,000 in humanitarian assistance for Kenya, where, during the rainy season that started in March, heavy rain destroyed a dam, leaving a number of people dead, injured and displaced.
° The torrential rain and the destruction of the dam is reported to have left 179 people dead, some 40 others missing and about 270,000 displaced.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth US$100,000 to Tonga, where Cyclone Gita caused severe damage on February 12, through the Tonga Red Cross.
o It is estimated that Cyclone Gita, the most powerful in Tonga’s 60-year history, has left 1 person dead, 33 injured, about 4,500 displaced and more than 1,250 houses destroyed or damaged. It is difficult to estimate exactly how much damage the cyclone inflicted on some islands due to poor communications.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide earthquake-hit Iran with 300,000 US dollars in humanitarian assistance through the Iranian Red Crescent Society.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will offer an additional 2.6 million US dollars in human assistance to a large number of Rohingya people who moved to Bangladesh after the armed clashes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, on August 25, as well as in emergency food assistance to those remaining in that part of Myanmar.
So far, a total of 655,000 Rohingya people have moved to Bangladesh since the armed clashes in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
- The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth US$1 million to help Vietnam’s central region, where Typhoon Damrey caused many casualties and extensive property damage on November 4, recover from the damage.
o Typhoon Damrey is estimated to have caused huge loss of human lives and property, leaving 82 people dead, 26 missing and about 120,500 houses affected.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian assistance worth US$550,000 to four Caribbean countries (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Antigua and Barbuda) affected by a series of hurricanes that recently hit the Caribbean coastal areas.
o Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Nate have caused huge loss of human lives and property in the countries.
The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian aid worth US$1.5 million through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since the violent clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian aid worth US$200,000 through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to Bangladesh, where heavy rains that started on August 12 inflicted severe damage in the country’s central and northern regions.
The floods, considered the worst in 40 years, caused massive casualties and property damage, leaving one third of Bangladesh’s territory under water, killing 173 people, displacing 6.9 million, and destroying 77,272 houses.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian aid worth US$200,000 to Nepal, which has suffered massive damage from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains since August 11.
- The recent heavy rains, the worst in 15 years in Nepal, affected 35 of the 75 districts in Nepal.
The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian assistance worth 300,000 US dollars to Sierra Leone, which sustained massive damage from landslides caused by heavy rains in the country’s capital of Freetown on August 14.
The Foreign Ministry will hold the 2017 interagency meeting on foreign grants on May 2 to complete the work on the comprehensive plan on grant aid for the year 2018. Second Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee will preside over the meeting.
- The government of the Republic of Korea (head of the ROK delegation: Representative for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Kwon Hee-seog) announced its plan to significantly increase its humanitarian aid to Yemen and provide 4 million US dollars this year at the High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, held at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 25.
By Jin Li and Yoon Sojung
The Korean government has announced that it will provide humanitarian aid worth USD 14 million to Syria and neighboring Middle Eastern countries throughout the year 2017.
The announcement was made by Choi Jong-mun, deputy minister for multilateral and global affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was speaking at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, in the Belgian capital on April 5.
The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to offer humanitarian assistance worth some 300,000 US dollars to Peru, which sustained massive damage from El Niño-triggered heavy rains and ensuing landslides in coastal areas for two weeks from early March 2017.
The contribution from the ROK government, including 200,000 US dollars in cash and such relief supplies as tents and tarpaulin worth 100,000 US dollars, is expected to help victims restore stability in their lives and affected regions recover from the damage.