Flood-hit communities were showed how to repair their house with resilient techniques including strengthening the roofs and building good foundation. (Photo: UNDP)

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – A training course on typhoon resilient housing was held on March 19 in Xuan Son commune, Van Ninh district, south central Khanh Hoa province – one of the most affected localities by tropical storm Damrey in early November last year.

The event, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Red Cross Chapter of Khanh Hoa province, included demonstrations which showed the local communities on how to repair their house with resilient techniques including strengthening the roofs and building good foundation.

It is part of a project titled “Provision of emergency shelter assistance to poor and near poor households affected by typhoon Damrey in central Vietnam” funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Flood-hit communities were showed how to repair their house with resilient techniques including strengthening the roofs and building good foundation. (Photo: UNDP)

The project targets the families whose houses were heavily damaged by typhoon Damrey. More than 5,000 affected houses are being repaired. More than 27,000 vulnerable people are receiving training on resilient housing in five provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue.

Akiko Fujii, UNDP Deputy Country Director, visited the site and met local people affected by the natural disaster in Xuan Son commune.

The training is an important step towards ensuring better preparedness of vulnerable households for the future typhoons, she said, adding that having storm-resilient houses will increase protection of valuable lives, assets and livelihoods, and consequently reduce the potential negative impacts on families’ health, children’s education and psychological stresses when hit by storms.

Tropical storm Damrey, the strongest one in 2017, hit central Vietnam on November 4. More than 130,000 homes were damaged, of which over 3,500 were destroyed. - VNA