2006 North Korean floods

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2006 North Korean floods
An industrial-sized dam with water flowing through it
Water management infrastructure such as the Supung Dam proved insufficient to hold back rain water in North Korea
DateJuly 2006
LocationNorth Korea
DeathsHundreds killed and missing (government), 151 killed (Red Cross), 549 killed, 295 missing (Choson Shinbo), 54,700 killed or missing (Good Friends)

Flooding in North Korea in July 2006 caused extensive damage and loss of life, although reports differ about its extent.

Death toll estimates[edit]


A statement by the official Korean Central News Agency on August 3 described the events as "claiming huge human and material losses." Chosŏn Shinbo, a newspaper published by a pro-North Korean association linked to the North, said in early August that the floods killed at least 549 people, left 295 others missing, and left 60,000 homeless.

The South Korean aid group Good Friends estimates that the flooding left 58,000 people dead or missing and that some 1.5 million people may have been made homeless and in a rare move North Korea asked for aid from South Korea. South Korea pledged $20 million to North Korea to help with the flooding.[5] There has been no statement from the North Korean government on whether the reports from the South Korean aid group are true.

According to cattlenetwork.com, the greatest flooding was experienced in the Kangwon, Kaesong, South Pyongan, South Hamgyong and South Hwanghae provinces, with substantial damage to agricultural land. The U.S. based Radio Free Asia reported the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as saying that in some locations "whole villages have been swept away and essential public facilities (such as clinics) destroyed, while widespread damage to roads and bridges has displaced and stranded many people", that over 7,000 homes were completely destroyed, with almost 13,000 families left homeless, and that South Pyongan, North Hwanghae, Kangwon, and South Hamgyong were the worst-affected provinces.

North Korea cancelled its gymnastics show Arirang Festival in order to recover from the flooding. [1]

Both the United Nations and the South Korean Red Cross offered food aid to the affected regions, though according to a report by Associated Press, Pyŏngyang turned these offers down.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DPRK Seriously Affected by Heavy Rains". Korean Central News Agency. 21 July 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "151 dead; 29 missing in North Korea floods". Press Trust of India. 5 August 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Up to 800 killed or missing from N.Korea floods". Reuters. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Group: 54,700 Dead, Missing in North Korea". Associated Press. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  5. ^ "South Korean flood aid for North", BBC, August 20, 2006