CERF releases $2 million to assist flood-affected people in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

19 September 2013: Heavy rainfall in July has caused flooding and severe physical damage across the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The North and South Pyongan regions have been especially hard hit.

An estimated 23,440 households have been completely or partially destroyed, leaving some 59,000 people homeless. In addition, seven water supply sources have been damaged, leaving much of the population without access to clean water.
In response to the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$2,102,708 to four United Nations agencies:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $627,400 to provide safe water supplies.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has received $130,803 to provide essential and life-saving reproductive health services.

With an allocation of $922,349, the World Health Organization (WHO) will increase access to treatments for life-threatening diseases. WHO will also seek to control potential outbreaks of diseases in the flood-affected areas.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $422,156 to replenish its stocks of maize, which WFP distributed immediately following the flooding.

Some 788,000 people are expected to benefit from the allocations.