Helping poor people recover and rehabilitate after Typhoon Damrey

19 Mar 2018 by Le Dai Nghia, Safe Housing Component Manager; and Phan Huong Giang, UNDP CCE Media and Communication Analyst

Housing is one of the most valuable assets but it is also very vulnerable to typhoon and floods. Even though Typhoon Damrey hit Viet Nam some months ago, its impacts are still heavily felt by the poor households.  We visited some households in Binh Dao commune, in Thang Binh district of Quang Nam province who told us about the typhoon’s enduring effects long after its passage. Despite repairing their houses, these families are still in precarious situations and live in vulnerable houses. The roofs reparations are generally only temporary and the walls are wet and moldy. They live with dogs and chickens. These living conditions can have negative effect on their health and temporary reparations could cause the roof to collapse at any time. The first house was Mr. Do Van Lai’s. He shares a small tiled house of 20 square meters with four other family members. The roof contains a few new parts. His wife told us that: “My husband and I are sick constantly and the children are too small. We are not healthy enough to be able to work as other people and to have a safe home for the children to stay “. We visited another house. … Read more

“Currently, the roof still flutters” – Insight into Typhoon Recovery in Khanh Hoa Province

06 Feb 2018 by Trina Loken, Junior Professional Consultant

On February 5 and 6, UNDP visited four communes in Khanh Hoa province in the South-Central region of Viet Nam. This was a region that three months prior was directly hit by November’s highly destructive Typhoon Damrey. As we drove through the different communes, it was clear that relief and recovery needs were still plentiful. We took note of many houses without adequate roofs, many only sheltered by some canvas material held down by weighted plastic bags – a temporary solution but by no means resilient when faced with future storms. Although we did not see his house, we heard from one man interviewed that he was currently using a tree to pin down the roof to his house, which he acknowledged as unsafe for his family. When asked to describe her experience when the typhoon hit, a woman in Van Khanh commune told UNDP: “At that time, me and my husband were staying at home and suddenly there were very strong winds and the roof of the house flew away. We were very afraid, so we brought the children to go to my mother-in-law’s house. But the water came into my mother-in-law’s house and it flooded as high as my … Read more

Climate Change Resilience in Viet Nam: Viet Nam’s typhoon season and changing vulnerability

02 Feb 2018 by by Marie Florine THIEFFRY, Intern UNDP Viet Nam

Photo: UNDP Viet Nam/Phan Huong Giang
Viet Nam is among the 10 countries most affected by climate change from 1997 to 2016 according to the Long-Term Climate Risk Index.  During the last 50 years (1958-2007), the annual average temperature increased about 0.5° and 0.7° and the sea levels rose by 2.8 mm/year along the country’s 3000km coastline that caused land erosion and slides. By 2100, 5% of Viet Nam’s land is at risk due to climate change and 7% of the agricultural activities will be impacted in turn reduce the GDP by 10% in the Red River and Mekong Deltas. These trends will particularly the 11% of the Vietnamese population considered as especially vulnerable groups including the poor and near poor, women, children, those with disabilities and ethnic minorities. Large scale typhoons that originate in the Pacific, often finish their race on the Vietnamese coast causing storm surge and flooding that affects hundreds thousand of people. For example, Typhoon Damrey which hit Viet Nam on 4th November 2017 ripped through to Central and South-East region, battering 9 provinces with wind of up to 135 kilometres per hour causing damage to agriculture, aquaculture, infrastructure and housing.  More than 100 people were killed, and more than 4.33 million of … Read more

Shelter from the Storm: Why flood and storm resilient housing is key to sustainable development in Viet Nam

12 Nov 2017 by Jenty Kirsch-Wood, UNDP Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Specialist

Source: OCHA
Last week Typhoon Damrey ripped through central Viet Nam.  More than 100 people lost their lives, while more than 130,000 homes were damaged or flooded.  Winds of up to 135 km/hour battered provinces like Khanh Hoa- an area historically has been spared such ferocious storms in the past.  It was particularly poignant that the storm struck as high level global conferences were bringing world leaders together to discuss both the global impact of Climate Change and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  It is sobering that current climate change projections appear to be being proved correct.  Last week’s storm seems very much in line with the Government of Viet Nam’s official climate projections, which forecast both more intense typhoons and storms that that take less predictable, and often southerly tracks.  I hope that the world leaders meeting to discuss Climate Change action in Bonn next week, including the high-level Viet Nam delegation, take note and take action to ensure swifter action to reduce global emissions and to promote adaptation that can reduce future typhoon damage and loss.   Equally important I hope that APEC leaders take note of the massive costs of this storm, and remember that green, low-emissions development is a prerequisite, … Read more

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