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2010 DPRK Humanitarian News Digest

ROK spends Only 5.6%of inter-Korean cooperation fund

December 26, 2010

The ROK unification ministry announced that it had spent only 5.6 percent of its funds earmarked for promoting humanitarian work and economic ties with DPRK by the end of November.  Over half of the 62.6 billion won (US$54.4 million) was spent on “financing loans for inter-Korean trade and economic cooperation.” For more information, click here.

 

U.S. State Department Releases Map on DPRK Malnutrition

December 16, 2010

  The US Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit released a map based on 2009 DPRK/UNICEF data. The map states that “UN finds decline in Child Malnutrition, yet Indicators remain high.”  The map includes a graph of malnutrition indicators from 1998-2009.  To see the map, click here.

 

U.S. NGO Planning Renovation of Tuberculosis Research Center in DPRK

December 16, 2010

The U.S. NGO Christian Friends of Korea plans to renovate Pyongyang National Tuberculosis Research Center next year. Although it has been raising money, it is still short of sufficient funding. For more information, click here

 

U.S. budget: funding for programs with the DPRK

December 15, 2011

The omnibus spending bll for fiscal year 2011 includes no funding for assistance to the DPRK. Also, it prohibits direct funding for assistance or reparations to the DPRK. For more information, click here and here.

 

ROK Aid to DPRK to be Auctioned

December 13, 2010

After the November 23 shelling of Yeonpyong Island, the ROK Red Cross is auctioning 7,000 tons of cement initially intended for the DPRK.  3,000 tons had already been sent. For more information, click here and here.

 

 

WFP Says the DPRK Aid Scheme Close to Failure

December 12, 2010

According to the Financial Times, on December 12, 2010, the UN aid program to 2 million children and pregnant women in DPRK is reaching less than half the target population. Kenro Oshidari, Asia Regional Director for the UN WFP (World Food Programme), , says the program is 80 percent unfunded. The program may close within months because of a dispute between the WFP and DPRK over the monitoring. For more information, click here.

 

Canada NGO Knitting Scarves to DPRK Children

December 7, 2010

 Canada NGO, First Steps, has a campaign to send scarves to children in DPRK through December 21. It hopes to make 1,000 of scarves with help of volunteers. For more information, click here.

 

The WFP Sends Nutritious Snack Aid to DPRK

December 3, 2010

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), the WFP reports that it sends nutritious snacks to help about 254, 000 people in the DPRK for the first time after it started “Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations-Nutrition Support for Women and Children.” But it is still short of sufficient funding. For more information, click here

 

The ROK Stops Sending Aid to DPRK

November 27, 2010

After the exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas, the ROK government has halted its food and cement aid originally destined for North Korea. The aid, which is currently in China, will be sent back to the ROK.  For more information, click here.

 

Friction leaves North Korea Hungrier

November 26, 2010

According to the Financial Times, after the artillery exchange between the two Koreas, donations to food aid programs in the DPRK have started to evaporate. The DPRK consistently has a food deficit of about 1 million tones a years, which is primarily filled with aid. This year, the UN predicts that the DPRK will need about 542,000 tons of food aid. For more information, click here.

 

DPRK Population Decreases by 61,000 over 10 years

November 22, 2010

According to an ROK government report, severe food shortages that worsened after the disastrous flood in 1995 has led to a decrease in population of about 61,0000 over 10 years. The causes are both a decrease in the birth rate and famine-related deaths. The 1995 flood, in which the DPRK lost 75% of its land under cultivation, still affects food security. Life expectancy in the DPRK is 64.9 years for men and 71.7 years for women, which is 11 years younger than in South Korea. For more information, click here andhere.

 

ROK Company Gives 90,000 Tubes of Ointment to DPRK

November 21, 2010

A medicine company in the ROK, Dongguk Pharmaceutical, is giving 90,000 tubes of ointment through the ROK Red Cross to the DPRK. The aid is worth about 400 million won (360,000 dollars). It is expected to arrive in Sinuiju on November 29. For more information, click here.

 

The FAO Reports Food Shortage in the DPRK

November 16, 2010

The FAO and WFP reported that about five million people living in DPRK will continue to face food shortage. Also, the FAO official, Victoria Sekitoleko, says that 37% people in DPRK suffer from malnutrition. She says the DPRK is short of 1.4 million tons of rice this year. A substantial increase in cereal production had been expected this year, however, the expectations were frustrated by a series of extreme flooding. For more information, click herehere and here.

 

Gyeongsangnam-do Province Sent 50 tons of Rice to DPRK

November 16, 2010

On November 16, the ROK Gyeongsangnam-do province sent 50 tons of rice to the DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

ROK MOU Sending Aid to DPRK

November 8, 2010 

The Ministry of Unification in the ROK sent 2,100 tons of cement sent to DPRK on November 8. Also, it will send part of 5,000 tons of rice aid on November 9 via Sinuiju. It plans to send the remaining this weekend. For more information, click here and here

 

 

U.N. Says DPRK Food Problems Remain Pressing

November 4, 2010

A senior U.N. official says large numbers of North Korean children are suffering from malnutrition and food aid. According to the WFP, as of March of this year, up to 6.2 million out of North Korea's current population of 23 million need food aid. For more information, click here

 

IFRC Commits 8 Million Dollars to Aid the DPRK

November 4, 2010

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has committed 8 million dollars for programming in the DPRK for 2011. Seventy-five percent of the budget will support a health program helping children, pregnant women and lactating women. It will also use about 19% of the budget on a disaster management program. For more information, click here.

 

The DPRK is the Third Largest Receiver of U.N. CERF in Asia

November 3, 2010

The U.N. office in the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on November 3 that the DPRK is the third largest receiver of UN CERF aid in Asia and 11th in the world. It has received $ 13.4 million of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated from January to September. [CERF is often used to fill funding gaps.] For more information, click here and here.

 

 

Gimje City Gives Rice and Flour Aid to the DPRK

November 3, 2010

Gimje City and civilian groups sent 10 tons of rice and 100 tons of flour to the DPRK on October 27. They plan to send more aid end of this month. For more information, click here.

 

ROK Civic Groups Report on Situation in the DPRK

November 3, 2010

A Coalition of civic groups in the ROK, the New World Nice People (NWNP) reported on the current situation in Sinuiju after making a visit. NWNP said that flour aid sent has been helpful to people in Sinuiju. Also, it reported that the DPRK asks for an additional 1,000 tons of corn. For more information, click here.  

 

ROK National Assembly Asks Administration to Send Rice Aid

November 2, 2010

The ruling party and opposition parties in the ROK made a joint request to the administration to send humanitarian rice aid to the DPRK.  During the interpellation, the National Assembly representatives reported that 2.5 millions of children in the DPRK are malnourished and the government should therefore send rice aid. But the Minister of the Unification, Hyun In Teak, says the DPRK’s request for half a million tons of rice is inappropriate given the current circumstances. For more information, click here

 

U.N. Reports the DPRK Facing ‘Alarming drought’

October 29, 2010

The chief of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, appealed to the world on October 28 to support aid in DPRK to feed the nation’s young children, pregnant and lactating women. Despite the rainstorms in some regions r, a predicted rainfall shortage in other regions, together with reduced food aid will have an “alarming” effect in the nation. He also said that the DPRK has rejected offers of technical assistance by the U.N. but, he urged the nation to reconsider it. For more information, click herehere and here.

 

UN Official Makes Appeal for Aid to DPRK

October 29, 2010

 The executive director of the World Food Program, Josette Sheeran, said her agency has only 20 percent of the funnding it needs for aid in DPRK. The WFP also said 40,000 children under age of five become acutely malnourished every year in the DPRK. The WFP estimates that over 1.8 million children are undernourished. For more information, click here.

 

Incheon City Sending Aid to DPRK

October 29, 2010 

The JTS (Join Together Society) and Incheon City sent aid to DPRK via Incheon port on October 29. This aid is worth 140 million won (about 130,000million dollar) including blankets and clothes. It is expecting the aid will be used outside of Pyongyang city and Jakang Island. For more information, click here

 

UK Civic Group Plans More Bread Factories in the DPRK

October 27, 2010

Love North Korean Children, a UK civic group that runs bread factories is planning to expand.. It currently runs bread factories in Pyongyang, Nansen and Hyangsan in the DPRK which produce 10,000 loaves of bread a day. Love North Korean Children raises money in the UK, the US, China and the ROK. For more information, click here.

 

Shipment Carrying Rice Aid from ROK Heads to DPRK

October 27, 2010

A ship delayed because of foul weather left the Gunsan port to DPRK on October 26. The shipment carrying 5,000 tons of rice from ROK government is part of 13.9 billion ton (12.3 million dollars) of flood relief to DPRK. The ship is expected to stop by Dandong port in China and then land in Sinuiju in DPRK. The ROK also plans to send 10,000 tons of cement to the DPRK later this week. For more information, click here.

 

Aid Request from DPRK During Inter-Korean Talks

October 27, 2010

The DPRK has requested a “huge” shipment of fertilizer and half a million tons of rice during the talks between the two Korean Red Cross associations regarding reunions between divided families. The talks ended without an agreement. The ROK Red Cross, official Kim Young Hyun, said it didn’t have the authority to approve such a large request. For more information, click here and here.

 

North Jella Province Sending Aid to DPRK

October 27, 2010

North Jeolla province is planning to send rice aid worth 400million won (90,000 dollars) to the DPRK. It will also send instant noodles, baby food and medical aid worth 800million won (180,000 dollars). For more information, click here.

 

ROK’s Flood Relief Aid for DPRK Delayed by Bad Weather

October 25, 2010

The delivery of ROK’s first aid shipment to DPRK was expected on October 25, but 5 thousand tons of rice aid has been delayed because of unfavorable weather conditions. A shipment of 100 millions of noodles was sent successfully via Incheon port. It was scheduled to stop at Dandong Port in China on October 26 and then move to land to Sinuiju. For more information, click here , hereand here.

 

A Campaign for Helping DPRK by JTS

October 24, 2010

 JTS, Join Together Society, plans to send aid to help children and seniors in DPRK on October 29 from Incheon Port. It has been collecting food aid such as flour, soy bean, baby food and snacks and blankets, fur-shoes, scarves and clothes.  For more information, click here.

 

Sun Myung Moon Donates 1 billion won to DPRK

October 18, 2010

 Sun Myung Moon, the founder and leader of the worldwide Unification Church, donated 1 billion won (900,000 dollars) towards food aid to the DPRK. He made the donation through the Ambassadors for Peace, which is collecting rice for flood victims in DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

Gyeonggi province planning to provide more aid to the DPRK

October 17, 2010

 Gyeonggi province is planning to send more rice aid to the DPRK. Gyeonggi province already sent 300 tons of flour to the DPRK in flood assistance. For more information, click here.

 

South Korean Civic Groups Send Rice and Medicine to North Korea

October 15, 2010

 On October 15, two trucks with medical assistance left for the DPRK from Korean Sharing Movement in ROK. The aid included 45,000 tablets of ant-malaria medicine for pregnant women, and 122,000 square meters of mosquito nets. On October 14, Medical Aid For Children sent 80 tons of rice for DPRK flood victims. For more information, click here.

 

South Korea Government Halts aid to North Korea funded with Tax Revenue October 15, 2010

 October 15, 2010

The ROK government has halted 602 metric tons of rice that was to have been sent from South Gyeongsang to North Korea. According to the Joong Ang Ilbo, the Ministry of Unification did so because it was primarily funded with tax revenue. Joong Ang Ilbo said “The ministry believes that if rice from South Gyeoungsang is allowed to go to the North, it will pave the way for more aid to go to North Korea from other regional governments with money to spend. The central government’s policy is to prevent aid paid with taxpayer money from going to the North. For more information, click here.

 

DPRK Crop Estimates Questioned

October 14, 2010

 In an interview with RFA, WFP Spokesperson Nanna Skau said that WFP believes that the DPRK has overstated the crop yield. The DPRK reported 5.1 million metric tons of grain, which is .1 million than last year. For more information, click here.

 

Civilian continue to aid the DPRK

October 14, 2010

 As the Unification Ministry in ROK has halted the shipment of a large donation of rice to the DPRK, civilian groups are protesting the policy. Kyoungan province continues to collect rice and is pressing the government for permission to send it. The YMCA in RPK said that it would begin a campaign to send noodles to children in DPRK, with a goal of raising 100 million won (90,000 dollars) by November. Another civilian group in Kyoungnan Province, Female Union, is making 2,000 mufflers to send for children in DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

FAO/WFP Reports on Food shortage in the DPRK

October 12, 2010

 According to RFA, the FAO and WFP finished their assessment in the DPRK; they reported a 1.5 million food shortage. The DPRK needs about 7 million tons of rice for a year. The WFP/FAO estimates that they will have only 5.5 million tons of rice including rice from DPRK and aid and, imports from other countries. For more information, click here.

 

Busan city sending sea greens to women and children in the DPRK

October 14, 2010

 Busan city will send one container of sea mustard to the DPRK. Sea mustards is particularly beneficial to children and women who have recently given birth. For more information, click here.

 

ROK Medical Aid to DPRK Halted

October 12, 2010

The relationship between North and South Korea has been growing worse and medical aid to the DPRK has been suspended as a result. For more information, click here

 

Rice Sent from ROK Provinces to the DPRK

October 12, 2010
The Rice for Unification Group in Jeonnan province has announced that it will send 100 tons of rice to the DPRK from Jeonan province and 3 tons from Kyungnan province. The rice will be sent to Sinuiju on October 13 by truck via Kaesung in DPRK. For information, click here.

 

Ambassadors for Peace Plans to Send Rice to the DPRK

October 11, 2010

 On October 11, in South Korea, Ambassadors for Peace announced its campaign to collect 1,000 tons of rice to send to the DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

ROK Aid to the DPRK

October 6, 2010

 The Agriculture Cooperation for Unification in Kyungnan province announced on October 6 that it will send 620 tons of rice to DPRK. Another humanitarian group in Kyoungnan province has raised 1 billion won (890,000 dollars) to flood victims in the DPRK. Incheon city will allocate 1.7 billion of its 2 billion won Unification Fund for flood aid. And the civilian group, Campaign for Unification sent 203 tons of rice collected from 5 opposition parties and other civilian groups last month. For more information, click here.

 

 Jeonbuk Province in South Korea beginning the campaign for the DPRK

October 4, 2010

On October 4, Jeonbuk province in South Korea began a campaign to help the DPRK. It plans to collect 200 tons of rice for two months, and will send it to the DPRK in December.  For more information, click here.

 

 

ROK Approves 7 million dollars from the Inter-Korea Cooperation Fund

September 30, 2010

On September 29 the ROK’s Unification Ministry approved sending almost 8 billion won (about 7 million US dollars) in flood assistance from the Council for the Promotion of Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation. That brings the total flood relief from the ROK government to approximately 13.7 billion won (12.2 million dollars), with the rest of the funding coming from the ROK Ministry of Agriculture.  For more information, click here

 

South Korean Red Cross sending rice aid to DPRK in October

September 26, 2010

 Responding to flood in North Korea, the ROK Red Cross will send 5,000 tons of rice aid to the DPRK on October 25. Other relief aid includes 10,000 tons of cement, 3 million packs of instant noodles and medication worth 6 billion won (7 million dollars). The rice shipment will depart from Incheon Harbor and be sent Sinuiju in DPRK. For more information, click here.

  

JTS to send aid shipment to the DPRK

September 26, 2010

 Join Together Society (JTS) had a ceremony to send emergency aid to the DPRK in Incheon Harbor on September 25. The aid included 500 tons pack of flour, 3,000 of blankets and 2,500 of shoes for winter. 400 first aid kits and 5,000 packets of soups were also sent. For more information, click here.

 

 NGO planning campaign to help the DPRK

 

September 23, 2010

 The Nanum international, an NGO in the ROK, planned to start a campaign to raise money for North Koreans suffering from the flood. The campaign is focusing on food and medicine aid. To help the campaign, contact nanum@paran.com. For more information, click here.

 

 DPRK calls ROK Food Aid Insufficient

September 19, 2010

 According to UPI, on September 19, an article in the North Korean weekly Tongil Sinbo said that the assistance provided by the ROK was much smaller than had been expected. The DPRK reportedly said that the 5,000 tons of rice provided by the ROK via the South Korean Red Cross was not enough to feed the North Korean people for even one day. For more information, click here and here.

 

 

UNICEF said more aid to the DPRK needed

September 18, 2010

  According to the head of UNICEF’s Pyongyang office, shortage of food and health conditions in the DPRK were worsened by a recent disaster and more support is needed from the ROK. In an interview in Seoul, the UNICEF country representative for the DPRK said support the ROK provided should be continued. For more information, click here.

 

First Round of Flood Aid Delivered to North Korea

September 16, 2010 

The first round of civilian emergency aid since recent flooding in DPRK was delivered to Gaeseong on Thursday. The transport of 530 tons of flour on two dozen large trucks by Gyenggi province and non governmental groups is also the first aid package sent by the South in response to the flooding. For more information, click here.

 

Incheon City, one of local groups in ROK, offering milk to DPRK

September 16, 2010

Last month, the city provided assistance to the organization “Korean Peace” to send milk to support about 1,000 toddlers and 1,000 pregnant women. It also will send additional aid worth 10 millions won (85,000 dollars). If the Unification Ministry officially approves the requests, the shipment would be sent through Incheon Harbor in the West Seaway on 17. For more information, click here

 

Gyeonggi Province and NGO in ROK sending 530 tons of flour to DPRK

September 16, 2010

Gyeonggi province, the Korean Sharing Movement and other NGOs sent about 530 tons of flour to the DPRK on September 16. The head of the Korean Sharing Movement and 5 directors plan to visit the DPRK in order to deliver the aid in person. For more information, click here.

 

Typhoon No. 7 Claims Casualties

September 15, 2010

  Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- Most areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have suffered serious damage due to Typhoon No. 7 in early September. According to information available in a relevant organs, scores of people lost their lives in the country, struck by torrential rains, rainstorms and landslides. More than 3,300 dwelling blocks collapsed and about 8,380 families live in makeshift shelters. An estimated 30,550 hectares of standing crops were flooded, buried or washed away. Some 230 public and production-related buildings and more than 170 sections of roads were damaged. Meanwhile, 6,200 square meters of roadbed were totally wrecked in 250-meter-long sections of railroad and 65,980 meters of railroad ruined by landslides. Power-transmission lines were broken and reservoirs and waterworks destroyed in some areas. Electricity and water supply and traffic have been cut off in affected areas and their residents lack food and medicines.

 

Typhoon No. 7 Claims Casualties

September 15, 2010

 

 According to KCNA, on September 15, the DPRK officially reported damages occurring from Typhoon No.7 in early September. Mort than 3,300 dwelling blocks collapsed and approximately 8,830 families lost their homes and are living in makeshift shelters. For more information, click here

 

ROK approves more food aid for DPRK

September 15, 2010

 According to AFP, on September 15, the ROK government has approved a plan by local groups to send aid to the DPRK. The Unification Ministry officially said that it approved requests to send emergency supplies and food aid worth a total of 2.24 billion won (1.2million dollars) including rice, flour, blankets and instant noodles. For more information, click here.

 

The Foundation of Korean Trade Unions helping DPRK from flood and typhoon

September 15, 2010

 The Foundation of Korean Trade Unions in the ROK is considering sending approximately 100 tons of rice to the DPRK in response to flood and typhoon damages. This would be the first time the Foundation sends rice to the DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

ROK civic groups to send food aid to the DPRK

September 14, 2010

  According to Yonhop news, on September 14, aid groups in the ROK planned to send emergency food aid to DPRK. The Korea Sharing Movement and the Join Together Society (JTS) planned to ship 400 tons of flour to the DPRK. Separately, the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, a coalition of pro-unification groups, also planned to send 130 tons of flour to the DPRK on September 16. Seoul’s Red Cross announced that it would provide aid to help the DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

S.Korea Red Cross announces Flood aid for N.Korea

September 13, 2010

The South Korea’s Red Cross said it would send aid worth 10 billion won (8.3 million dollars), including 5,000 tons of rice, 10,000 tons of cement and three million packs of instant noodles to North Korea. The head of Red Cross in the ROK, Yoo Chong-Ha, said that 90% of the aid would be financed from the unification fund by the ROK government. For more information, click here and here

 

South Korea donates $8.5m aid to North Korean Flood Victims

September 13, 2010

According to the Unification Minister in the ROK, on September 13 the ROK government announced it would send food and other aid to the DPRK. The unification ministry in Seoul said 5,000 tons of rice, 100 tons of cement, 3 million packets of instant noodles, plus medicine and other essential would be sent to the DPRK. It also mentioned the food would be enough for 100,000 people for 100 days. The shipment is expected within a month. For more information, click here

 

Delay in NK Rice Aid Decision Due to Opposing Opinions

September 10, 2010

According to a senior government official in the ROK, the aid to the DPRK has been delayed because of various opposing opinions on the matter, including concern over monitoring and transparency. But the official said that given that the amount of aid was small, monitoring was less of an issue.  He also said many organizations were applying to provide humanitarian aid, though no proposals had been approved yet. For information, click here.

 

ROK offering 200 tons of rice to DPRK

September 9, 2010

 About 70 NGOs in the ROK announced at celebration at the Kim Dae Jung convention center that they would send 200 tons of rice to DPRK on September 16. The shipment would be expected to arrive in Kaesong on 17. For more information, click here.

 

Jogye Buddhist raising funds for the DPRK

September 8, 2010

According to BBS, the Jogye Buddhist Order in South Korea has raised funds for flood damage assistance to North Korea. They will send 5,000 blankets and 750 boxes of instant noodles to the DPRK through Incheon Harbor in the West Seaway. For more information, click here.

 

DPRK Requests Rice, Cement, Heavy Equipment

 September 7, 2010

According to the Associated Press, on September 4, DPRK accepted the ROK’soffer of emergency food aid in flood damages assistance. The DPRK requested a shipment of rice, cement, and heavy equipment instead of the medicines, daily necessities and emergency food the ROK had initially offered. The ROK was reviewing DPRK’s request according to the Unification Ministry on September 7. For more information, click here.

 

ROK May allow NGOs to send Rice to the DPRK

 September 6, 2010
 

 According to the Joong Ang Daily, on September 7, the ROK is considering allowing NGOs to send rice to the DPRK. In addition to offering 10 billion won ($8.4 million) to the DPRK, the ROK government is the possibility of sending additional emergency assistance through civilian groups to the DPRK. For more information, click here.

 

DPRK affected by typhoon

  September 2, 2010

According to KCNA, on September 2, the DPRK was hit by a strong typhoon, Kompasu, moving towards the East Korean Bay from the northeastern sea of the Philippines. On Thursday, in just a few hours as much as 162 mm [6.4 inches] of rain fell in cities on the east coast including in Wonsan, Pongchon and Thongchon County, while 80 mm [3.15 inches] was recorded in Pyongyang. For more information, click here.

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Mercy Corps Provides Medicines and Medical Supplies

September 1, 2010

In response to the flood damage in DPRK, Mercy Corps is sending emergency aid, including essential medicines and medical supplies to prevent and treat waterborne diseases.  For more information, click here.

 

USG Provides $750,000 in Emergency Assistance

 September 1, 2010

According to the Chosun Ilbo, the U.S. has provided $750,000 in emergency assistance, primarily medical supplies, in response to the tragic floods. The assistance will be distributed by three U.S NGOs, Global Resource Services, Samarian’s Purse and Mercy Corp. For more information, click here.

 

ROK Government offers $8.4 Million in emergency assistance to the DPRK

 August 31, 2010

According to Reuters, on August 31 South Korea government contacted the Korean Red Cross to offer 10 billion won ($ 8.4 million) of emergency aid in flood damage assistance to the DPRK. The DPRK has not yet responded to the offer. An earlier offer was made through the Kaesong Industrial Park .If accepted, it would be the largest aid provided by the ROK to the DPRK since the Lee Myung Bak administration took office. the sinking of the Cheonan. For more information, click here.


Samaritan’s Purse Sends Emergency Supplies to DPRK

 August 31, 2010

In response to the heavy rains in July and August in the DPRK, the American NGO Samarian’s Purse is airlifting tons of relief goods. The plane is expected to land on September 2. For more information, click here.


KCNA: Flood Damage Serious in Sinuiju City, Uiju County

 August 26 2010

Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) -- Torrential rains and floods have inflicted a serious damage on Sinuiju City and Uiju County, North Phyongan Province.

Rivers have overflowed by unprecedented downpours of rain that fell on the northeastern area of China on the August 19 and 20 and heavy rains on the area around Lake Suphung of Korea from August 21 to lash the city and county.

According to information available for a relevant organ, more than 7,100 dwelling blocks for 7,750 families have been totally or partially destroyed or submerged.

An estimated 7,200 hectares of farmlands have been flooded, buried or washed away and more than 300 production-related and public buildings, 400 meters of bridges, 7,700 cubic meters of railroad, many structures, vehicles, water pumps and electromotors damaged.

Many pieces of power transmission equipment have also been lost.

The government is buckling down to flood recovery, stabilizing the life of the affected people.

 

KCNA: Chinese Govt Decides to Provide Relief Materials to DPRK

 August 25, 2010

The Chinese government decided to provide emergency relief materials to the DPRK in connection with the fact that some areas of the DPRK including Sinuiju, North Phyongan Province, were hit by flood recently.

This measure will encourage the Korean people in their efforts to recover from the flood damage as early as possible and more energetically step up the building of a thriving nation.

 

KCNA: Flood Victims Rescued by Servicepersons 

August 22, 2010

Planes of the air force and warships of the navy of the Korean People's Army rushed to the area of Sinuiju, North Phyongan Province, hit by sudden torrential rain and successfully conducted an emergency operation on August 21 to rescue the inhabitants who were at the crossroads of life and death.

Unprecedented downpour hit the northeastern area of China on August 19 and 20, causing flooding in rivers. This also adversely affected the northwestern area of Korea.

5,300 cubic meters of water rushed into the River Amnok per second from a river of China, causing the water level of the river to rise suddenly from 0:00 on August 21. As a result, the river swelled in a minute, leaving even Sinuiju City inundated. This paralyzed traffic and did damage to many objects.

Hardest hit by flooding were Sangdan-ri, Hadan-ri, Taji-ri, Soho-ri in Uiju County, Ojok Islet and Maksa Islet in Sinuiju City. They were completely submerged and single-story houses went under water.

The flood victims were at a loss on the roof tops of buildings and hills.

The institutions concerned took emergency measures to rescue the victims but the damage was so serious that they proved unsuccessful. Upon hearing this, General Secretary Kim Jong Il ordered KPA units to immediately launch rescue operations.

Air force units sent dozens of planes and navy units warships and various types of means and succeeded in evacuating at least 5,150 flood victims to safe areas in close touch with officials of party and power organs and people's security organs in the flood-hit areas.

The inhabitants in the flood-ravaged areas and servicepersons who were mobilized for the rescue operations noted in excited tone that the socialist system in the DPRK is the most advantageous and benevolent one as the life and properties of people are protected by servicepersons and Kim Jong Il is the greatest father as he provided this land of bliss for the people.

 

KCNA: Sinuiju Area Struck by Devastating Flood

  August 21, 2010

Sinuiju City and its vicinity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have been severely affected by flood.

All dwelling houses, public buildings and arable land in Sangdan, Hadan, and Taji ris of the city, Soho and Ojok ris of Uiju County and other rural communities around the city have been submerged with the River Amnok overflowing due to more than 300mm rainfalls on the area around Lake Suphung from midnight to 9 a.m. Saturday and heavy rains on border areas of China.

 Christian Friends of Korea Assesses Flood Damage

August 20, 2010

Christian Friends of Korea announced on August 20, 2010 that they would assess the impact of the July floods in a trip beginning late August and called for funds to address flood damage. See their press release or visit their website here. 

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The DPRK was hit by heavy rains from July 19 through July 23. On August 5, KCNA declared the flood damage to be serious.

 

KCNA: Red Cross Relief Activities in DPRK

August 10, 2010 

Red Cross activities have been conducted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to heal the flood damage and stabilize the life of the people in the affected areas.

The DPRK Red Cross Society, in collaboration with the members of the delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working in the country, has sent relief goods to the flood-stricken areas.

Red Cross branch offices in such areas as Anju City and Nyongwon and Taehung Counties of South Phyongan Province and Sinhung, Yonggwang and Pukchong Counties of South Hamgyong Province have made a detailed survey of the flood damage, while stabilizing people's livelihood.

Participating in the relief activities are more than 4,500 Red Cross members and volunteers. They have set up first-aid treatment stations in many places to give medical services to those suffering from injuries and contaminated water.

Branch offices have also provided residents with information necessary for preventing accidents and diseases in anticipation of another torrential rain.

 

 KCNA: Work Brisk to Recover from Flood Damage

  August 8, 2010

Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) -- A work is progressing apace in the areas of the DPRK hit by consecutive days of heavy rain and downpour.

The city of Pyongyang and local areas are tapping all reserves and possibilities to ensure the supply of necessary materials and mobilizing all manpower and means on the basis of the assessment of the damage done to those areas.

Urgent consultative meetings took place in the flood-stricken areas to take measures to bring the living of the inhabitants there to normal. Rapid progress is being made in the work to reconstruct the dwelling houses and public buildings destroyed by heavy rain and downpour and put roads and bridges into their original shape.

The working people in South Hamgyong Province reinforced all the destroyed irrigation waterways in at least 110 places in a short span of time while those in North Phyongan Province are reporting successes everyday in the project to improve the flood-hit rivers and streams.

South Hwanghae Province drained off water from the waterlogged thousands of hectares of paddy and dry fields, reducing the damage done to crops. It is now busy clearing ditches near fields and improving river embankments.

The work to recover from flood damage is also making brisk headway in railway transport, post and tele-communication and other fields in flood-stricken Jagang Province. Rail roads have been put into order and tele-communication lines in the destroyed or inundated major construction sites restored immediately.


KCNA: Work Brisk to Recover from Flood Damage

August 8, 2010

 

 

Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) -- A work is progressing apace in the areas of the DPRK hit by consecutive days of heavy rain and downpour.

The city of Pyongyang and local areas are tapping all reserves and possibilities to ensure the supply of necessary materials and mobilizing all manpower and means on the basis of the assessment of the damage done to those areas.

Urgent consultative meetings took place in the flood-stricken areas to take measures to bring the living of the inhabitants there to normal. Rapid progress is being made in the work to reconstruct the dwelling houses and public buildings destroyed by heavy rain and downpour and put roads and bridges into their original shape.

The working people in South Hamgyong Province reinforced all the destroyed irrigation waterways in at least 110 places in a short span of time while those in North Phyongan Province are reporting successes everyday in the project to improve the flood-hit rivers and streams.

South Hwanghae Province drained off water from the waterlogged thousands of hectares of paddy and dry fields, reducing the damage done to crops. It is now busy clearing ditches near fields and improving river embankments.

The work to recover from flood damage is also making brisk headway in railway transport, post and tele-communication and other fields in flood-stricken Jagang Province. Rail roads have been put into order and tele-communication lines in the destroyed or inundated major construction sites restored immediately.

 

Relief Web Releases Map of DPRK Floods

August 6, 2010

On August 6, Relief Web released a map showing that flooded areas in the DPRK: P'yongan-bukto; P'yongan-namdo;  Chagang-do; Hamgyong-namdo; Hwanghae-namdo and Kangwon-do

August 2010 Relief Web Map of Flooding
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/CVIE-883CFS?OpenDocument&amp;rc=3&amp;emid=FL-2010-000153-PRK<br />

 

KCNA: Flood Damage Confirmed Serious

August 5. 2010

 

Pyongyang, August 5 (KCNA) -- It has been ascertained that torrential rains in July did a great deal of damage to people's living, railway transport, agriculture and other economic sectors in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

According to information available in a relevant organ, some 5,560 dwelling houses and more than 350 public buildings and production-related facilities were destroyed or inundated and some 14,850 hectares of farmland submerged, buried or washed away in the country.

A total of 673 dwelling houses collapsed in Jagang Province and 486 in South Hamgyong Province. Even casualties were reported from the areas and their residents have seriously been affected by heavy rains.

Not a small number of industrial establishments were damaged or flooded, inflicting an adverse effect on the economic growth and the people's living.

Two 150,000KVA transformers, a 75,000KVA transformer and other power equipment were broken and roadbeds buried under landslides, blocking up railway traffic in some areas.

Some river embankments were crumbled and roads and bridges waterlogged or wrecked in South Phyongan and Kangwon provinces and other areas.

Many sections of irrigation channels were also seriously damaged.

An estimated 7,380 hectares of farmland got submerged in such granaries as South Hwanghae, North and South Phyongan and South Hamgyong provinces alone.

Efforts have been made to heal the flood damage in the affected areas.

 

NASA: Flooding Along the China/North Korea Border

August 5, 2010 

 

NASA provided images and reported (Flooding along the China/North Korea Border) that “Although the differences in water levels along Yalu Jiang are not dramatic, they are discernible. The river appears wider in 2010, and higher water levels appear along the multiple tributaries feeding the river.”


Xinhua News Agency:  Record Rainfall hits China's NE Border River Basins

August 4, 2010

 

According to Xinhua News Agency, (Record rainfall hit China's NE border river basins) the Yalu and Tumen rivers have had the most rain since precipitation has been recorded, over 200  percent higher than in normal years. Xinhua reported that “the province's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, which borders the DPRK to its south, has suffered the worst floods in a hundred years this year, with nearly one fourth of its 2.18 million residents affected by the extreme weather.”


KCNA: Inhabitants in Flood-stricken Areas Rescued  

July 23. 2010 

 

Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) -- 68 working people and children in Unsan of North Phyongan Province and Sinhung and Hamhung areas of South Hamgyong Province were miraculously rescued by helicopters from the serious flood that hit those areas in the afternoon of July 22.

 

KCNA: Torrential Rain Persists

July 23. 2010

 

Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) -- Torrential rain hit some areas of the DPRK on July 22 and 23 under the influence of low atmospheric pressure that moved southeast from the north of the West Sea of Korea.

According to information available from 21:00 of July 22 to 6:00 of July 23, torrential rain persisted in Kangwon Province and North and South Hwanghae Provinces.

Typical rainfall registered 124 mm in Ichon County from 21:00 of July 22 to 3:00 of July 23 while 107 mm in Kaesong, 79 mm in Paechon County and 52 mm in Pongchon County from 3:00 to 6:00 on July 23.

 

KCNA: DPRK Again Hit by Torrential Rain

July 22. 2010

 

Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- Some parts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea were hit again by torrential rain under the influence of subtropical anticyclone from the Northwestern Pacific and low atmospheric pressure that moved to the northern area from north of the West Sea of Korea.

According to information available from 0: 0 of July 21 to 21 of July 22, rainfall registered over 200mm in Unsan County of North Phyongan Province and Songwon County of Jagang Province and more than 180 mm in Singye County of North Hwanghae Province, Ryongrim County of Jagang Province, Phangyo County of Kangwon Province and Yodok area of South Hamgyong Province.

Torrential rain hit nearly 50 local areas including Huichon City of Jagang Province, Pukchang and Maengsan counties of South Phyongan Province, Thaechon County of North Phyongan Province, Poptong County of Kangwon Province, Yongkwang and Hamju counties of South Hamgyong Province.

 

KCNA: DPRK Hit by Heavy Rains

July 18. 2010

  

Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- Many areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have been hit by heavy rains caused by a subtropical anticyclone over the northwest Pacific and a low atmospheric pressure over the central part of the West Sea of Korea.

According to information available from 12 a.m. of July 16 to 9 a.m. of July 19, the precipitation was 332mm in Jangphung, 287mm in Kaesong, 274mm in Phangyo, 252mm in Kaephung, 251mm in Sepho, 243mm in Nyongbyon, 239mm in Sinphyong, 236mm in Pukchang, 227mm in Koksan, 226mm in Maengsan, 204mm in Ichon and 201mm in Nyongwon.

More than 100 millimeters of rain poured on some 70 areas of Pyongyang, Nampho City, North and South Phyongan, North and South Hwanghae, Kangwon, Jagang and South Hamgyong Provinces.

50-70 millimeters of rainfall were observed in Kophung County of Jagang Province between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. of July 17, Nampho between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. of July 18 and Phyongwon, Sukchon, Sunchon, Kaechon and Jungsan of South Phyongan Province and Unchon and Songhwa of South Hwanghae Province from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. of July 18.

 

KCNA: Strict Measures Taken to Prevent Flood Damage 

July 8. 2010 

 

Pyongyang, July 8 (KCNA) -- Nationwide anti-flood measures are taken in Korea in every July and August.

Large and minor hydro-electric power stations across the country including Kangwon, Jagang and South Hamgyong Provinces have properly repaired and readjusted dams, intakes, waterways and other structures.

Collieries and mines in the central and northern parts of the country including Anju, Sunchon and Tanchon areas have checked, repaired and reinforced drainage equipment in time to keep pits, excavated coal and ores from being inundated and washed away.

 

Thorough measures have been taken in the railway transport sector to protect from flood railroads, railway bridges, retaining walls and other railway facilities and structures in the northern inland and on the east coast.

Co-op farms in South Hwanghae and North and South Phyongan Provinces are improving waterways and ditches to protect land, crops and agricultural production facilities from any heavy rainfall.

 

The sectors of the land and city management are checking the rivers, waterways, reservoirs, sewerage networks and storm sewerage system to remedy defects. 

Lock gates are kept ready to open sluices any time.

The hydrometeorological services are trying to ensure promptness and correctness in weather forecast.

 

KCNA: China Offers Aid Materials to DPRK

July 7. 2010 

 

Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- The Red Cross Society of China donated aid materials to the DPRK Red Cross Society.

A ceremony for donating them took place in Pyongyang on Wednesday. Present there were Paek Yong Ho, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society, and officials concerned, a delegation of the Red Cross Society of China headed by Vice-President Hao Linna, Ambassador Liu Hongcai and officials of the Chinese embassy here. Speeches were made at the ceremony.