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North Korea Major Crises: floods are disaster says Red Cross

North Korea

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

No country deserves devastating calamities. North Korea hits that at present. Rescue efforts are facilitated but quite a task to complete. Read the news here:

The  News

Rescue workers are struggling to reach stricken communities in the country’s far north, where thousands have been left homeless, and the risk of disease is looming

At least 133 people are known to have died after torrential rains triggered massive floods that tore through villages, devastating entire communities and washing away buildings.

Hundreds more are missing and 140,000 people are in urgent need of food and shelter.

“The floods came through with such force, they destroyed everything in their path,” Staines said.

“People were salvaging whatever possessions they could from piles of debris that used to be their homes.”

Some 24,000 houses have been totally destroyed and thousands more damaged, with the full extent of the disaster still emerging as rescue workers battle to reach areas that have been totally cut off, the Red Cross said.

“There was barely a building left unscathed,” in some villages they visited on the outskirts of Hoeryong City, Staines said.

“People displaced from the floods are now in a very difficult situation and there are real risks of secondary disasters, particularly relating to people’s health,” Staines added.

At least 100,000 people in Hoeryong City do not have safe drinking water, with up to 600,000 people in the affected area facing disruptions to their water supply, the Red Cross said.

The disaster is set to worsen North Korea’s already chronic food shortages, with around 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of farmland inundated just weeks before the local maize and rice crops were due to be harvested.

“Their loss is another disaster that will be felt in the coming weeks and months,” the Red Cross warned.

The impoverished nation is vulnerable to natural disasters, especially floods, due partly to deforestation and poor infrastructure.


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Donate Blood while You Can

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
If you qualify, donate blood while you can especially those who have rare blood types like +AB. When it is needed, it really doesn’t matter how much it will cost – for as long as, there is an available stock. The sad part is when you have all the money and connections but no blood type of the same sort is in store! We can forget politics or  overpricing that might be happening but the Philippine Red Cross is still the best blood bank you can donate to.

It is clearly posted at the Red Cross counters that blood is for free. The only thing that is not complimentary is the processing fee which will cost around 1, 100 Pesos per bag. Donations are however welcome and many find it that when you have a donation card, you are prioritized. Nonetheless, this is not true to all who experienced availing blood from the facility. It is just rightful however to donate whatever you can afford to keep the Red cross operation going!

Note also that when you avail for donated blood from the Red Cross to get the Doctor’s Request form from the hospital with all the details of the required blood – because no blood bags can be released without it. Also, patience is needed when picking up even reserved blood bags from the Red Cross – because you may never know if what you requested can come before or after the others who are waiting with you.

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