Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2015

Total allocations: US$8,276,986

Underfunded Emergencies

In January 2015, during the first round of Underfunded Emergencies allocations, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $2 million to sustain aid operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

 

Underfunded Emergencies

Rapid Response

For the last eighteen months, a long period of abnormally dry weather has affected DPRK resulting in a drought.  While precipitation has consistently been below average in 2014 and 2015, the shortfall has been far greater in May and June 2015; to-date in 2015, the lowest average rainfall in the last 5 years has been recorded. The four of the most affected provinces have been South and North Hwanghae, South Pyongan and South Hamgyong.
  
As a consequence of drought conditions and resulting decreases in water volume in dams, rivers and underground reservoirs there has been a significant increase in the incidence of waterborne diseases and other health concerns. As many communities rely on domestic water wells, the drying or already dry water bodies are leading people to use alternative unsafe sources of water, leading to spike in diarrhoeal diseases and contributing directly to increased rates of malnutrition.
 
Field assessment missions in May/June 2015 to South Hwanghae and North Pyongan Provinces identified the most severe cases of SAM ever observed. As a result of the prevailing drought conditions the health system is facing difficulties to cope with the increased diarrhoeal cases.
 
To boost the response to the deteriorating situation prior to the peak of the lean season and before the main harvest in October, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is providing $6.3 million in rapid response funds to humanitarian partners in DPR Korea for life-saving and time-critical activities in the initial stages of the drought response. Some 1.3 million affected people will be supported with CERF funds. 
 
In nutrition, the CERF-funded response will target malnourished children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women through implementation of an integrated treatment for malnutrition, including supplementary food rations like fortified biscuits, blended foods, oils and pulses; promoting lifesaving infant and young child feeding practices; micronutrient supplementation; and other medicines required to combat malnutrition. UN agencies currently work in 29 counties in nutrition but will be expanding these programmes to reach an additional 60 counties. $4.5 million has been provided for two joint nutrition projects to UNICEF and WFP.
 
In water, sanitation and hygiene, the CERF-funded response will focus on expanding the provision of safe drinking water as well as preventing the escalation of incidence of diarrhoea through safe hygiene practices. The interventions in this sector include: providing supplies for treatment and safe storage of drinking water, such as water purification units, tablets, water treatment sets, foldable jerry cans and buckets; supplies and promotion of safer hygiene practices, including soap and hygiene education materials. $1.7 million has been provided to UNICEF and WHO for two joint projects in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. Download the factsheet here.

Rapid Response