Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2012

CERF provides $2 million for flood-affected people in DPRK

22 August 2012: Torrential rainfall in July and August in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has triggered severe flooding that has left over 212,000 people homeless, more than 169 people dead and 400 missing, according to the Government.

The flooding has severely damaged buildings and public infrastructure, including roads and bridges, as well as 30,600 hectares of agricultural land. More than 700,000 people have limited access to primary and secondary health-care services due to the destruction of 69 public health centres.

Humanitarian partners are prioritizing access to clean water and health care due to the breakdown of water-supply systems, and crowded sites where displaced people have congregated. To stop the situation deteriorating, humanitarian partners seek to deliver emergency food, water, sanitation, health services and non-food items to the most vulnerable flood-affected communities.

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CERF in Action - Rapid Response

CERF provides $10.9 million for Underfunded Emergency in DPRK

1 March 2012: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released an allocation of US$10.9 million to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to respond to the humanitarian needs of more than 1.3 million people.

The people of DPRK suffer from chronic food insecurity and underdevelopment, and the consequences of frequent natural disasters. The country faces multiple health challenges, particularly in the areas of maternal, child and reproductive health, compounded by degraded health care infrastructure and lack of medicines. Diarrhoea and pneumonia are still the main causes of deaths among children under five in the country. Under-nutrition is one of the major underlying causes of maternal and child mortality and constitutes a serious public health problem.

Key aid priorities include food and nutritional assistance, agricultural support and interventions in the health sector.

CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies