Provision of emergency shelter assistance to poor and near poor households affected by Typhoon Damrey in Central Viet Nam


Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November 2017, causing flooding in 15 provinces of Central Viet Nam and creating acute food security, water and sanitation, shelter and livelihood needs. More than 4.3 million people were affected in the peaks of the floods, with more than 400,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance from national and international partners.

The typhoon resulted in heavy casualties with 123 people killed and over 300 people injured. Serious infrastructure damage was reported in all 15 provinces with more than 300,000 houses damaged, including 3,500 homes fully destroyed. In addition, more than 179,000 hectares of crops were damaged and aquaculture losses of almost 40,000 cages were reported, resulting in an urgency to support the affected population in ensuring their food security for the next six months and restart their agricultural income generating activities and production.

In December 2017, the Government of Viet Nam and the UN jointly launched the 2017/2018 Flooding Response Plan, with an appeal for US$ 54 million to address urgent needs for water, water purification, food, seeds, fertilizers, shelter material and cash support. This marks the second time the Government has called for international support since the historic 1999 floods, and the first time Viet Nam has ever requested support from CERF for a sudden-onset large-scale storm.

Working closely with other UN agencies in response to this disaster, UNDP provided emergency shelter assistance to the heavily impacted provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue. UNDP worked with development partners including the Viet Nam Red Cross, Development Workshop France, and the Viet Nam Women’s Union to deliver the assistance to beneficiaries in 45 targeted communes of five provinces. The project aimed to improve adaptive and resilient capacities of vulnerable coastal communities against storms and floods in the future by:

  • Repairing and strengthening damaged houses
  • Providing training courses on safe housing techniques to beneficiaries, local authorities, and local mason groups
  • Improving storm- and flood- resilient awareness and capacity of local communities and authorities through communication campaigns.

What are the project's key results?

  • 5,403 houses were repaired and strengthened.
  • 90 training courses and house-repair demonstrations were organized at 45 targeted communes.
  • 56,638 community members had access to resilient housing knowledge and skills

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Vietnam Red Cross, Vietnam Women’s Union, The Development Workshop France

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