Hurricane Sandy, one year later
When Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean and North America in October 2012 it left a path of destruction in its wake, causing up to US$68 billion worth of damage. It was the second most expensive hurricane ever recorded.
Aside from the economic losses, the storm killed nearly 300 people. 120 of those killed were in the Latin American and Caribbean region, where Sandy displaced hundreds of thousands, destroyed homes, critical infrastructure and crops, and threatened livelihoods for many people who already face poverty - and (in the case of Haiti) worsening the humanitarian crisis.
In light of the first anniversary of Sandy, UNDP is looking at the impact of the storm on the people of the Caribbean. Special attention is being paid to the lessons learned and the strides made in to rebuilding.
UNDP has played a crucial role in helping countries affected by the storm to recover, supporting livelihoods, helping people to reconstruct homes and assisting communities in infrastructure restoration. UNDP has been active in disaster prevention in the region for decades and the storm clearly demonstrated that those countries that have invested in mitigating disaster risk and preparing for recovery were better able to protect investment and development gains.
In Haiti, rebuilding continues from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact, and lessons learned from the 2010 earthquake have helped ensure the storm’s toll was lower than feared. more
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“I am one of the lucky ones. The damages to my own home were minimal; I have neighbors who lost everything,” says Maria Elena Valle Ortega, more
Our work on the ground
One year on from the hurricane, UNDP says that recovery efforts from the storm are underway, but suffering of those in developing Caribbean nations may have been underplayed. more
Hurricane Sandy ploughed through the Caribbean region before hitting the eastern coast of the United States, severely impacting several countries. more
Gabion walls protected schools, communities, farmlands, harvests and critical infrastructure during Hurricane Sandy that hit Haiti the week before. more
In an effort to guide early recovery, UNDP launched the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Project to provide coordinated and evidence based recovery to the hardest-hit areas. more
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- 12 Dec 2013: Lessons for the Philippines from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
Helen Clark tours the Rockaways in New York City to see first hand the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.