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

Authors: Phong Tran

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. 


Tran, P. (2013). Lessons from Typhoon Nari. Hanoi, Vietnam: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.

Funded By: 

The Rockefeller Foundation


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