This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 5,037,707 Swiss francs (reduced from 7,421,586 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 110,000 people (reduced from 330,000 people) affected by the floods for 16 months. The operation focuses on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building. A major change includes a stronger focus on health activities such as household first aid kits and extended first aid training for volunteers. The revised plan reflects support already provided by the government to affected communities, as well as limitations that have resulted from inadequate funding.
The disaster and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date
29-31 August 2016: More than 300mm of rain in North Hamgyong Province, coupled with the impact of Typhoon Lionrock, triggers the flooding of the Tumen River and its tributaries around the Chinese-DPRK border and other areas in the Province.
01-11 September: DPRK RCS mobilises staff and volunteers for rapid initial assessment, early warning, evacuation, search and rescue, first aid, psychosocial support and to distribute 7,000 non-food items (NFIs).
13 September: IFRC releases 506,810 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to meet the humanitarian needs of 20,000 people.
20 September: IFRC launches an Emergency Appeal for 15,199,723 Swiss francs to support 28,000 people for 12 months.
23 September: Operation update 1 updates number of people targeted through the appeal to 330,000.
05 January 2017: IFRC issues the first Revised Emergency Appeal for 7,421,586 Swiss francs to support 330,000 people for 12 months.
15 July 2017: Operation update 4 issued, informing the extension of the operation timeframe from 12 to 16 months to support 110,000 people until 31 December 2017.
1 November 2017: IFRC issues Revised Emergency Appeal n° 2 for 5,037,707 Swiss francs to support 110,000 people.