Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2001/0141
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Republic of Korea - Floods
19 July 2001
Following is a summary of the report on "Damages from Heavy Rains on 14-15 July and Countermeasures for Recovery" issued by the National Disaster Prevention and Countermeasures Headquarters (NDPC) of Republic of Korea on 18 July and provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Seoul.
1. A strong low pressure revitalized a seasonal rain front, leading to heavy rains of up to 309 mms fallen in Inchon and Kyonggi area centering on Seoul starting at 23:00 hrs of 14 July 2001. 52 people were killed with 10 missing due to the floods triggered by the heavy rains. 59,000 houses were inundated. The floods also damaged other private properties, including agricultural products, farm land (127.7 hectares) and livestock (42,000 heads) as well as public properties (roads, bridges, dams and irrigation system) worth KRW96.8 billion (USD 76 million).
2. The Government of Republic of Korea (ROK) focused its efforts on rehabilitating public properties, preventing epidemics in submerged areas, disposing garbage, relieving victims of the heavy rains, and providing medical support. The President and the Prime Minister of the ROK instructed the NDPC to set up immediate countermeasures against the floods.
3. The ROK Government will provide all-out support of personnel (civilians, officials and soldiers) and equipment to damage survey and emergency rehabilitation, including search for the missing, accurate survey of inundated houses and rehabilitation of public properties.
4. The National Red Cross is working with the Government and other organizations and dispatched 12 mobile kitchens to the affected areas in Seoul, Kyonggi province and Inchon City. The National Red Cross mobilized a total of nearly KRW 310 million (USD 237,000) for their relief activities as of 17 July.
5. No appeal for international assistance has been received by OCHA to date.
6. OCHA is in contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Seoul, and will revert with further information if the situation warrants it.
7. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
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