The Red Cross Round-up

The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.
Korea: The Democratic People’s Republic of  Korea (DPRK) is experiencing flooding associated with seasonal rains, hitting areas like Hwanghae and the south and north Hamgyong provinces since early August. To date, 3,455 people have been affected, 21 are reported dead, while 9 others remain missing. The floods have damaged or destroyed 968 houses and are expected to worsen in the coming days as the rainy season continues.

The DPRK Red Cross Society has been providing immediate assistance and safe evacuation of people  in the affected areas. During the evacuation, the National Society, together with local authorities, deployed 30 provincial disaster response teams (PDRT) along with local Red Cross volunteers to conduct rapid assessments. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will also provide non-food items such as family tents, tarpaulins, kitchen sets, jerry cans, hygiene kits, and water purification tablets to be distributed to the affected communities.
blog-Aug-12-(1).jpgMyanmar: An estimated one million people in 12 of Myanmar’s 14 regions have been affected by the worst flooding in decades. In response to the disaster, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched a 4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal (4.1 million US dollars) to support the Myanmar Red Cross Society’s relief and recovery activities targeted at 100,000 people in the worst hit regions of Magway, Sagaing, Chin and Rakhine.
China: Typhoon Soudelor made its second landfall in Putian City, Fujian Province in southeast China on August 8th , causing torrential rain and strong winds.  The typhoon affected around 3.1 million people, leaving 17 people dead and 5 missing. In addition, 3,390 houses were reported collapsed and over 100,000 hectares of crops were destroyed. The Red Cross Society of  China’s provincial branches were able to distribute relief materials and send emergency response teams to provide immediate assistance to the affected communities since the typhoon made landfall. A Red Cross Water and Rescue Team in Fujian currently has 18 members engaged in various rescue and evacuation missions, while The Red Cross Society’s Fujian branch distributed 300 disaster relief kits to Putian, and together with the Zhejiang branch distributed 3,000 family kits, 55 tents, 1,500 mosquito nets, 4,600 flashlights, 5,650 jackets and 1,500 sets of clothes to the severely affected areas.

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