In October 2008, a major tropical storm produced one of the worst adverse natural events ever to affect the Republic of Yemen. Flooding from the storm caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage and losses, or about 6% of the country’s GDP. This case study presents the recovery process in Yemen after this major event. It highlights the challenges that regional, national, and international recovery institutions face when dealing with a disaster event in a country with high levels of political, security, demographic, and socio-economic challenges.
The document is part of a series of case studies developed by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) as a component of a guide for developing disaster recovery frameworks (DRF). This guide aims to help governments and partners plan for resilient post disaster recovery while contributing to longer term sustainable development. It is based on practices gleaned from country experiences in disaster recovery around the world. Hence, the development of the DRF Guide entailed the development of country-level case studies as well as thematic case studies on disaster recovery.