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Helping poor people recover and rehabilitate after Typhoon Damrey


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. Thu lives alone. Her house is so small that it can only contain an altar and a bed. She suffers from a disability and is often sick. After the typhoon hit the central provinces, the walls of her house cracked and the roof blew away. She uses a temporary shield to avoid being exposed to the rain and the sun.

Families like Lai’s and Thu’s will be supported by a project called “Damrey housing rehabilitation and recovery” funded by the Republic of Korea.

This project will support the construction of 300 storm-resilient houses in the provinces of KhanhHoa, Phu Yen and Quang Nam. UNDP will implement this project in partnership with the Viet Nam Red Cross, the Provincial Red Cross Chapter of KhanhHoa and the Provincial Women’s Union of Phu Yen.

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