- After the initial humanitarian relief
operations are undertaken, the longer-term work of reconstruction and restoring
people's livelihoods often continues for months or years.
- Reconstruction starts on day one.
It has been a disastrous week for many people who live in East Asia and the Pacific islands. One after another, major natural disasters hit several countries killing well over 1,000 people and laying waste to homes, hospitals, schools, hotels, roads and bridges.
First, flooding and high winds caused by tropical storm Ketsana left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.