Typhoon Ketsana hit Cambodia on September 29/30, 2009, causing incredible damage and loss, affecting some 50,000 families, leaving 43 people dead and 67 severely injured. Originating in the middle of the Pacific, Typhoon Ketsana swept through the Philippines, Vietnam and the Lao PDR before it ended its destructive path in our country. The Northern provinces have been affected by severe storms and flash floods and most nearby provinces by less severe, but still devastating flooding. Most of the affected provinces are among the poorest of our country. The damages and losses caused by this natural disaster are of magnitude that will gravely compromise the development efforts undertaken so far and seriously set back the dynamism that characterized the economy in the last decade.
Recognizing the longer-term impact of the Ketsana disaster, the Government decided to undertake to assess the damages and the losses caused by the disaster in order to evaluate the needs for recovery and reconstruction. This report identifies the scope of the investments needed to recover from the Ketsana disaster and to identify the investments needed to ensure that they will be disaster-resilient.
The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) evaluates the damages and losses registered in a number of sectors, affected by the Ketsana Typhoon, and addresses medium- and longer term needs for recovery, high-resilience reconstruction and sustainable restoration of livelihoods of the affected population.