- 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.
Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria, 15 February 2017. Representatives of 12 donor countries and agencies completed a three-day mission to Borno State, northeast Nigeria, hosted by the UN Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The government of the Republic of Korea will offer humanitarian assistance worth some 500,000 US dollars to Haiti, where Hurricane Matthew on October 4 caused massive damage to its people and property.
The Haitian government, having declared October 8-11 as a period of national mourning, is working to recover from the hurricane with the support of the international community, including international organizations and the EU.
COLOMBO –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.
BISHKEK –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a three-year agreement to improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks for more than 80,000 vulnerable people in four Kyrgyz provinces.
The government of the Republic of Korea will offer humanitarian assistance worth some 700,000 US dollars to Ecuador, which sustained massive damage to its people and property from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 16 and the aftershocks on April 17.
On April 18, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se sent a letter to Foreign Minister Guillaume Long of Ecuador, in which he extended deep condolence and sympathy over the massive damage to the people and property and expressed hope for an early recovery from the earthquakes.
1 . The government of the Republic of Korea decided to provide humanitarian assistance worth 7 million US dollars to Iraq, whose humanitarian crisis is rapidly worsening after clashes between ISIL and Iraqi government forces broke out in June 2014.
2 . Iraq is one of the countries where the United Nations has declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency, “Level-3 emergency.” This year, the UN launched an appeal for 860 million US dollars in aid to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
1 . The government of the Republic of Korea will provide a combined 1.5 million US dollars -- or 500,000 US dollars each -- in humanitarian assistance for the Central African Republic, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are facing chronic humanitarian crises but not receiving sufficient assistance from the international community.
2 . The three aforementioned countries have been undergoing severe humanitarian crises triggered by civil wars; public insecurity and political instability; vulnerable governance; and climate change over the past few decades.