OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION
Amidst political tensions, an estimated 18 million people across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services. Recurrent natural hazards – particularly extended droughts punctuated by near-annual floods – exacerbate and create new humanitarian needs. As a result people have crucial, unmet food, nutrition, health and, water, sanitation and hygiene needs.
Chronic food insecurity
Flooding in North Hamgyong Province, north-east of DPRK, killed at least 138 people and displaced around 69,000 people. At least 140,000 people are severely affected and require immediate life-saving support, while as many as 600,000 people need some form of assistance.
19 September 2016 (Pyongyang): Humanitarian agencies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) urgently need US$28.2 million to assist people affected by flooding that hit the northeast of the country earlier this month.
The HCT is seeking US$28.9 million to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to 600,000 people in food security, nutrition, shelter, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene for the next six months.
The remnants of Typhoon Lionrock passed DPRK on 29 August 2016, merging with a low pressure front. Over the three days, 208 mm of rain deluged Hoeryong City. Between 30-31 August, the Tumen River rose 6-12 metres, breaking its banks.