The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are set to conduct disaster response training for North Koreans living in flood-affected areas, in an effort to reduce disaster risk by developing local capacity and raise public awareness as the country’s rainy season begins.
In an “Emergency appeal operations update” on flooding in the DPRK’s North Hamgyong Province, the IFRC said last week that exercises have been staged to prepare for potential flooding during the upcoming rainy season.
“Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlement Awareness (PASSA) training is planned in August 2017 targeting 500 community participants,” the IRFC said in the report.
In a separate report on the PASSA, the aim of the training is reported to be to “develop local capacity to reduce shelter related risk by raising awareness and developing skills.”
Participants will go through eight different exercises such as “identifying hazards and vulnerabilities that create risk related to shelter,” “recognize and analyze causes of shelter vulnerability,” and “make a plan to put those shelter safety strategies into place, based on local capacities.”
The IFRC also said that the organization would train locals to “improve the capacities in North Hamgyong to respond to future disaster.”
North Korean state media reported last week that the government was calling on citizens to work to prevent damage to crops from the floods that are expected to hit the country this month.
IFRC also reported that, as of the end of June, its operations are running low on funds, saying it had raised only 62 percent of its CHF7.4 million objective.
“Due to funding constraint, no funds have been allocated for mitigation measures,” the agency said, adding that no progress rate had been made on “conducting disaster risk reduction mapping exercises and installing identified disaster mitigation structures in the affected communities.”
The IFRC also said it had made no progress in purchasing and distributing “coal for cooking and heating”, due to the low funds, and that a lack of resources was causing delays in procuring and installing solar heating systems in 18 North Hamgyong Province hospitals and clinics which have been deemed to be at a high-risk from flooding.
The IFRC has trained local residents and Red Cross staff in Hoeryong city, as well as Yonsa and Musan County on the China – DPRK border – areas which were hardest hit by last year’s flooding.
Flooding caused by Typhoon Lionrock in late August and early September last year was described by state media as the “biggest cataclysm” to have hit the country since 1945.
According to a UN report in May this year, the floods caused extensive damage and impacted an estimated 600,000 people.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Featured Image: UNICEF DPRK
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