Two months on from DPRK floods Red Cross supports large reformation bid to re-house thousands

October 29, 2016 - Essential Water

29 October, 2016. Beijing / Kuala Lumpur.  Two months on from a mortal flooding that caused endless extinction in a Northeast of a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a large expostulate is underway to finish construction of thousands of permanent homes before winter sets in.

Approximately 70,000 people were left homeless after their houses were broken by floodwaters in North Hamgyong Province. Around 18,600 homes were totally broken by a floods and over 11,400 postulated damages. The Government has been heading re-building efforts and aims to finish construction of 20,000 family units. Thousands of volunteers and construction workers have been mobilized from opposite tools of a nation to support building projects opposite Musan County, Hoeryong City and Yonsa County – a areas that suffered a heaviest damage.

“In a sixty days given a disaster many places are unrecognisable, communities are being rebuilt during an impossibly quick pace”, pronounced Chris Staines, Head of Delegation with a International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in DPRK.

“The floods cut true by villages destroying homes and withdrawal a solitude of sand, rocks and waste in their wake. Now we see new communities springing adult in towns and farming areas. Thousands of houses and unit blocks are underneath construction and many are probably completed.”

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together with a UN and other general organisations are contributing to a reformation bid by providing corrugated iron (GGI) thatch sheets for 10,000 housing units. The IFRC’s grant of 200,000 thatch sheets represents 30% of a joining by a general community. The initial conveyance is on a approach from a retailer in China and in a entrance weeks, IFRC will be regulating road, rail and sea ride to broach serve consignments.

On 21 Sep a IFRC launched a 15.2 million Swiss Franc puncture interest (USD 15.5 million, Euros 13.9 million) to capacitate a DPRK Red Cross Society to strech some-more than 330,000 people with aid. But so far, usually 25% of a interest aim (3.8 million Swiss francs) has been met.

“With a appropriation shortfall one of my concerns is a rebate we have to make in a designed winterisation programme. While it is good that permanent homes are going adult fast there will still be other needs that people face by a winter. Many will not have unchanging entrance to purify water, essential medicines are in brief supply and temperatures are dipping next zero. People will need adequate food, purify water, comfortable wardrobe and fuel to feverishness their homes”.

Over a entrance 5 months a IFRC will concentration on providing families with purify H2O by distributing H2O catharsis tablets together with a hygiene recognition debate to revoke a risk of catching and waterborne diseases. Winter clothes, soap, shampoo, delicate hygiene products and other equipment essential to progressing their personal hygiene will also be distributed.

The IFRC and DPRK Red Cross are also in discussions with a supervision to consider a need for support to H2O supply infrastructure in Musan County. This might extend to rehabilitating a H2O pumping hire in Musan Up (town) that was shop-worn by a floods and procuring H2O pipes to bond newly assembled unit blocks to a categorical H2O network. 

Notes for editors:

Press briefing: Patrick Fuller, a IFRC’s communications manager for Asia Pacific has recently returned from North Hamgyong Province and will be giving a press lecture in Beijing on Saturday, 29 October, 2016.

Time: 14:00 internal time

Location: Golden Dragon Jianguo Hot Spring Hotel Beijing  金龙建国温泉酒店

No. 5 Jianguomen South Avenue, Beijing

Video B-Roll from Musan County in North Hamgyong Province will be permitted for download from a IFRC’s Newsroom and photographs permitted on a IFRC’s picture library, both permitted by

For updates on a IFRC / DPRK Red Cross North Hamgyong floods operation follow us on Twitter @IFRCAsiaPacific

Online donations to a IFRC’s floods interest can be done at;

For serve information or interviews, contact:

In Pyongyang:

  • Chris Staines, conduct of delegation, IFRC | Mobile: +850 1912501149 | Email:

In Kuala Lumpur:

  • Patrick Fuller, communications manager, Asia Pacific, IFRC | Mobile : +60 122 308 451 | E-mail :

In Beijing:

  • Hler Gudjonsson, communications nominee for East Asia, IFRC | Mobile: +86 139 10096892 | E-mail:

In Geneva

  • Benoit Carpentier, Team leader, open communications, IFRC | Mobile: +41792132413 | E-mail:  Twitter: @BenoistC

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