Torrential rains between 7 and 14 August 2007 caused severe flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), killing over 450 people and affecting over 960,000. Nine provinces in central and northern DPRK are worst affected, as well as the capital Pyongyang. Nearly 170,000 people have been made homeless.
Côte d’Ivoire remains one of the most complex protection crises in the region, reflecting the adverse impact of a political-military crisis that erupted in September 2002 following the failed coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo. Despite reconciliation-based governing arrangements, the country is still split into a rebel-held landlocked North, a Government-controlled South and a buffer zone known as the Zone of Confidence manned by the United Nations forces and the French Licorne forces.
Conflicts in Eastern Chad are traditionally fluid. Individual ambitions, rivalry between sedentary and nomadic groups and/or ethnic communities, the widespread circulation of small arms, the spill-over of the conflict in Darfur and the presence of Chadian and Sudanese rebel forces and militias all contribute to a tense environment. This is compounded by increased pressure on scarce natural resources.