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Korea - Democratic People’s Republic of
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Media caption: Kum-Hyok Kim, 11, helps his grandmother, Bong-Suk Shin, 65, whom he lives with, look through the rubble of their home for anything they can salvage. Their home was destroyed in flooding due to Typhoon Lionrock. (MCC Photo/John Lehmann)
Extra information: Kum-Hyok Kim, 11, helps his elderly grandmother, whom he lives with, look through the rubble of their home for anything they can salvage. It was destroyed in flooding due to Typhoon Lionrock. Kim and his grandmother live in Yonsa County, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea.
From August 28 to September 2, heavy rains caused by Typhoon Lionrock pounded northeast part of DPRK, causing flooding and landslides in six counties of Hamgyong province. According to the UN, 138 people were killed, more than 69,000 are still displaced and 600,000 people are in need of assistance.
DPRK is a chronically food-insecure country which is prone to disasters, particularly flooding. MCC’s partnerships in the country meant hundreds of people received relief kits and food shortly after the flooding took place.
In September, MCC’s partner, Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), distributed 500 MCC relief kits and 110 school kits to respond to the flooding in Musan and Yonsa counties.
In addition, MCC, through First Steps, will purchase 6,060 square meters of corrugated steel roofing for rebuilding damaged daycares, kindergartens, and clinics in Yonsa. Approximately 4,200 children will benefit from this project.