Heavy flooding and landslides in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have killed at least 76 people and injured 35 others in the provinces of North and South Hwanghae. A further 75 people – including many children – are still missing following the disaster.
DPRK Red Cross volunteers and staff are conducting search and rescue operations, giving first aid and psychosocial support to survivors, and transporting injured people to hospital. The Red Cross is also providing blankets and hygiene kits, and deploying mobile water treatment plants to the affected areas.
The floods followed several days of heavy rains, and have destroyed more than 800 buildings including homes, clinics and schools. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have been displaced by the disaster.
John Fleming, health, water and sanitation manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in DPRK, said: “Thousands of people have lost their homes and are in urgent need of shelter, food, safe drinking water and sanitation.
“With the cold season around the corner, we are concerned this disaster will increase the risk of health problems and food insecurity for the affected population.”