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REPORT: Lessons from Typhoon Nari: Storm Resistant Housing Shown To Be Effective

On October 15, 2013 Typhoon Nari landed in Da Nang city with level-12 winds and level-13 (130km/h) gusts. Winds, coupled with heavy rainfall which led to flooding in many areas of the city, caused severe damages—many people were injured, thousands of houses destroyed or roofs blown off, and tens of thousands of trees either broken or uprooted. The typhoon also seriously impaired the power and water supply system and urban traffic and lighting system, especially in seafront areas. No damages were incurred, however, in the homes built as part of the Storm Resistant Housing for a Resilient Da Nang City project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and administered by ISET-International, Vietnam in partnership with the Da Nang Women’s Union. This report describes the intervention efforts that were provided to the 244 households project households in Da Nang City and discusses the cost-effectiveness of resilient housing as compared to post-disaster recovery.

This policy brief, Lessons from Typhoon Nari: Storm Resistant Housing Shown To Be Effective, summarizes the damages caused by Typhoon Nari, puts forward lessons learned and concludes that storm resistant preparation is most cost-effective than post-disaster recovery, informed planning is necessary for a resilient future and good emergency response is not enough

Sheltering From a Gathering Storm is a two-year project supported by CDKN targeting peri-urban areas in India, Vietnam and Pakistan to identify practical solutions for resilient shelters and the long-term economic returns of investing in such shelter structures, focussing on cities facing risks from typhoons, flooding and extreme heat.

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