On August 30, North Hamgyong Province in the northeast of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was severely affected by flash floods caused by heavy rains. Hundreds of people lost their lives, an estimated 600,000 people require humanitarian assistance and at least 30,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Musan County was one of the worst affected areas, almost 10,000 homes were destroyed. Now the Government has mobilised a massive reconstruction effort with the aim of constructing 10,000 housing units before winter sets in. Many people continue to live in temporary shelters made from tarpaulins provided by the Red Cross, others live with host families or in the remains of their damaged homes.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been working closely with the DPRK Red Cross Society to deliver emergency aid to affected communities including tarpaulins to allow people make temporary shelters, kitchen sets and warm bedding. IFRC is also supporting the construction effort by providing 200,000 roofing sheets for new homes. The IFRC has launched a 15.2 million Swiss Franc emergency appeal (USD 15.5 million, Euros 13.9 million) to reach more than 300,000 with humanitarian assistance over the next 12 months. Currently only 25% of the appeal target has been reached. Online donations: https://www.ammado.com/community/dprk-flood/
Musan County, North Hamgyong Province City
00.00- 00.14. 76 year-old Ri Ju Ok and his wife Son Dok Ri, 72, survived the devastating floods that swept through their community of Kangson-gu in Musan County on August 30, 2016, but their home was swept away along with hundreds of others. They now live in a temporary shelter made from a tarpaulin provided by the DPRK Red Cross.
00.42 Ms Pak Un Hye, 37, a DPRK Red Cross volunteer was made homeless when her home in Kangson-gu, Musan County was swept away by the 30 August floods that struck DPRK. She now lives in a temporary shelter and every day, she checks on the welfare of other displaced people like Ri Ju Ok and Son Dok Ri. She brings them relief items such as blankets, cooking pots, soap and other items for their personal hygiene. She also shows them how to use the water purification tablets provided by the Red Cross. The community have to collect their water from the stream running through the village.
01.23 Ms Pak delivers soya milk to construction workers building new homes in her community. DPRK Red Cross volunteers together with all the members of the community are contributing to reconstruction efforts in various ways.
01.42 More than 125 families in Kangson-Ri are living in temporary shelters. During the day they work on local construction sites
01.46 – Interview – Patrick Fuller, Communications Manager for Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
02.22 – Many members of the community in Kangson-gu continue to live in their partially damaged homes
02.28 – Interview – Patrick Fuller
02.52 – Construction work is ongoing along the Musan Valley where the Government is leading efforts to build apartment blocks and individual houses which are at various stages of completion.
03.12 – Interview – Patrick Fuller
03.51 – Many communities have been rebuilt in safer locations to prevent the risk of flood damage in the future