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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Floods, Revised emergency appeal n° MDRKP003

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GLIDE n° FL-2011-000096-PRK

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 2,392,728 million (originally CHF 3.49 million) in cash, kind, or services to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Red Cross National Society to assist 30,000 flood-affected people (up to 7,500 families) for 12 months, and will be completed by 31 August 2012. A Final Report will be made available by 30 November 2012. This report also serves as a consolidated report on progress from 11 August 2011 – 30 April 2012.

Appeal coverage: 99 per cent of the revised appeal. Considering the changing needs of the beneficiaries nine months after the floods, the National Society revisited the plan of action and adjusted targets to ensure their assistance meets current needs. This revised appeal reflects the changes made as well as summarizes the achievements during the past nine months.

Appeal history:

An Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 August 2011 for CHF 3.49 million for one year to assist 30,000 beneficiaries.

Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

CHF 453,413 was allocated initially from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the DPRK Red Cross (DPRK RC) in its response to this emergency.


In early August 2011, the combined impact of several floods and the strong typhoon Muifa brought serious disaster to the country. Some 9,500 houses were destroyed, leaving more than 25,000 people homeless. While flood damage was reported throughout the country, South and North Hwanghae provinces were worst hit by the repeated flooding, leaving an already vulnerable population in a very critical situation.

As an immediate response, the DPRK RC distributed relief items to 6,876 flood-affected families who lost their homes and belongings. As evidence of the seriousness of the situation, the DPRK government has made an exception and given the green light to this Emergency Appeal which was launched last year in August. Nine months have passed since the appeal was launched and with combined efforts, the situation on the ground improved. The affected population had obtained immediate relief support from the government as well as the Red Cross from this appeal. Recovery activities have been carried out as planned throughout the past months producing owner-driven shelter based on guidance from the government and Red Cross support that was made possible through this appeal.

This revised Emergency Appeal and consolidated report focuses on providing support to the most vulnerable groups among the flood-affected population in the following sectors: relief distribution of food and non-food items, shelter, health and care, and water and sanitation. The redefined scale of intervention was deemed necessary due to the changing situation in the targeted areas as the operation progresses.

The initial shelter target and provision of permanent water supply system of 1,000 families has been reduced to 600 families based on government recommendations to some of the affected population to relocate to other areas. Water filter distribution in the water and sanitation programme was removed due to the relocation of some affected families to other locations. This report also reflects the achievement made so far after nine months into the operation.