WATERSHED DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD CONTROL, Rep. of Korea, 1972.
The Republic of Korea suffers from intensive rainfall during the summer season and because of the general topography of the country, the short and swift rivers frequently break their banks endangering lives, households and farmlands. Sometimes, during the monsoon season, a single day's rainfall can be as much as 354 millimetres. Part of the Government's economic development plan includes the designing of flood control measures and watershed managment, such as the building or renewal of river banks and canals, and land development - not only to protect lives and property, but also to bring more land under cultivation to meet the demands of an ever-increasing population. The UN/FAO WFP is assisting several of these projects by providing rations of wheat flour to the local workers who have been generally underemployed or unemployed. The total cost to WFP of the four related projects is approximately $10,000,000.
Korean workers, many in traditional costume, receive their WFP rations at the distribution centre in Assangun County, Chung-cheon Nando Province.