Disaster recovery experiences

The International Recovery Platform (IRP) provides collections of resources from recovery experiences to support learning and improve preparedness to "build back better" through integrating lessons learned and best practices into future recovery efforts.


Recovery needs in the wake of the damage caused by consecutive cyclones are significant.

  • Cyclones Idai and Kenneth 2019
    Post-disaster needs assessments following Cyclones Idai and Kenneth and the ensuing floods estimate total recovery needs for Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi at $3.2 billion USD, $767 million USD and $370.5 million USD, respectively.
  • Cyclone Gita 2018
    The government of Tonga conducted a post-disaster rapid assessment which showed the total economic value of damage and losses estimated at T$356.1 million (equivalent to US$164.1 million), about 37.8 percent of the nominal gross domestic product of Tonga.
  • Hurricane Maria 2017
    Hurricane Maria was subsequently one of the worst disasters in Puerto Rico’s history, killing at least 2,975 people based on the independent study conducted by George Washington University.
  • Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), Philippines 2013
    The overall damages and losses from the typhoon were estimated at US$12.9 billion and the needs for recovery and reconstruction were estimated at US$8.2 billion.
Cyclones Idai and Kenneth 2019
2015 Malawi Flood
Floods, Malawi, 2015


Learn from more flood recovery experiences

Southern leyte landslide
Southern Leyte Landslide, Philippines 2006


Learn from more landside recovery experiences

Aftermath of tsunami in Aceh City, Indonesia (2014)
Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, 2004
Mount Pinatubo Eruption 1991
Mount Pinatubo Eruption, Philippines, 1991


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Black Summer Bushfires, Australia 2019-2020


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