Torrential rains led to devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in mid-2012, which displaced thousands of people.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) assisted in the response. A team undertook an assessment of 13 health facilities in the flood-affected area, including a local hospital, pharmacy and both urban and rural health centers.
Staff delivered medical kits to help health workers in South Pyongan province care for some of the thousands of people caught up in the emergency. These kits contain everything needed to meet medical needs in the weeks following a natural disaster. In addition, teams distributed relief items to some of the communities affected, including blankets, water containers and plastic sheeting to provide temporary shelter. Tons of rice and more than a million water purification tables were also donated.
At the end of 2012 MSF had 2 staff in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. MSF has been working in the country since 1995.