Typhoon Damrey Housing Rehabilitation and Recovery


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. UNDP has mobilized financial resources from the Republic of Korea for house rebuilding in affected communes. The “Typhoon Damrey Housing Rehabilitation and Recovery’ project helps rebuild 300 houses completely destroyed or heavily damaged by typhoon Damrey in 3 provinces of Quang Nam, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. The new houses will use the typhoon resilient house designs which have been approved by the Ministry of Construction.

UNDP has been working with development partners including the Viet Nam Red Cross, Red Cross chapter in Khanh Hoa province and Vietnam Women’s Union in Phu Yen province to deliver the housing recovery assistance to 300 beneficiary households in 3 provinces through:

  • Rebuilding 300 houses using typhoon resilient house-designs
  • Providing training courses on safe housing techniques to beneficiaries, local authorities, and local mason groups
  • Improving awareness and capacity on storm- and flood- resilience and recovery for local communities and authorities through communication campaigns.

What are the project's key results?

  • Rebuild 300 new houses for poor and near-poor households.
  • Improve knowledge of safe house repair/building techniques in targeted districts of 3 provinces.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Vietnam Red Cross, RC chapter in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam Women’s Union in Phu Yen province

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