Chronic food insecurity and childhood malnutrition are widespread in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (informally known as North Korea). Over 10 million people are undernourished, a hunger problem classified as “serious” in the 2018 Global Hunger Index. Increased frequency of droughts and floods have also left the country vulnerable.
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The DPRK has remained extremely vulnerable to frequent disasters and the impact of climate change. In August 2018, over 600mm of rainfall was recorded in 12 hours, which resulted in flooding and landslides that killed 76 people.
Separately, around 20% of the population faces gaps in water supply, with a noted lack of resources to replace dilapidated facilities.
We are proud of Concern’s strong presence in North Korea, addressing one of today’s most complex and protracted humanitarian crises.