Damage, loss and needs assessment for disaster recovery and reconstruction

[Cyclone sidr in Bangladesh]

On 15 November 2007, Cyclone Sidr, a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, struck the coast of Bangladesh and moved inland, destroying infrastructure, causing numerous deaths, disrupting economic activities, and affecting social conditions, especially in the poorer areas of the country. This report describes the assessment of damage to physical assets, the subsequent losses sustained across all economic activities, and the impact of the disaster on both the national economy and household-level activities and wellbeing. The members of the Local Consultative Group, in a meeting on December 12, 2007, agreed to conduct a Joint Damage, Loss, and Needs Assessment (JDNLA) on the impact of Cyclone Sidr. The aim of the assessment is to identify priority areas to support the Government of Bangladesh in cyclone recovery efforts as well as to design a disaster management strategy. A comprehensive methodology was used to estimate damage to assets, changes in economic flows, and impacts on social and economic conditions. The estimates were based on quantitative information collected during field surveys in the aftermath of the disaster by the Government of Bangladesh and the Development Partners. The estimates were supplemented by completed and ongoing assessments of United Nations (UN) agencies and community-based analysis conducted by the national and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) . that participated in the joint effort.

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Feb 2008

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