Flooding in North and South Pyongan

Thursday 25 July 2013

Heavy seasonal rain over the past two weeks has resulted in flooding in many parts of DPRK Korea. Particularly severely affected are the provinces of North and South Pyongan. The Red Cross (IFRC) reports that Anju City, South Pyongyang province is 80% flooded after the Chongchon River caused embankments to break in the early hours of 21 July 2013.  There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties with between 8 and 24 deaths and 14 people missing.

The government has reported, in its initial assessment, that there has been extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure with 45,948 people made homeless across the country, mostly in the two provinces of North and South Pyonang.  Farmland has been inundated with some 10,000 hectares affected with around 1,000 hectares of crops destroyed.

See full reports on Current Emergencies page