What are the needs?
Extreme weather conditions have posed challenges in the last few years. In July-August 2012, floods triggered by heavy rains hit the areas of South Pyongan, North Pyongan, Kangwon, North Hamgyong, South Hamgyong and Jagang. The government reported more than 115 dead and around 85 000 displaced. Over 47 000 hectares of farmland were severely damaged.
While recent assessments on the food and nutrition situation in North Korea do not call for emergency assistance, the situation remains fragile and subject to deterioration in case of shocks.
How are we helping?
The EU has been responding to humanitarian needs in North Korea since 1995 with over € 135 million in total.
In response to the floods in July and August 2013, the EU released €132 520 to be used by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to help with the distribution of household items, the provision of safe water and the promotion of hygiene for some 5 000 affected and displaced families in South and North Pyongan and North Hwanghae provinces. Similar assistance was provided through the IFRC following the floods in August 2012.