Thursday, November 4, 2010

World Bank Assists Cambodia's Poor Affected by Typhoon Ketsana

Phnom Penh, November 4, 2010 AKP --

The World Bank approved a US$40 million grant and credit on Nov. 2 to help restore the losses and damage from typhoon Ketsana in Cambodia.

The Ketsana Emergency Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project (KERRP) aims to restore transportation and water and sanitation services to the affected people who are mostly poor and live in the rural areas, as well as to strengthen the capacity of the government in disaster preparedness and management, said a press release of the World Bank.

“Typhoon Ketsana devastated the lives and livelihood of tens of thousands of Cambodian people, particularly the poor. This project will help to restore the damaged infrastructure such as rural roads and provide basic services such as water and sanitation facilities, to the affected people in mostly rural areas,” said the World Bank Country Manager for Cambodia, Qimiao Fan.

The International Development Association – the division of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries – is providing a grant and an interest-free loan for the project: each valued at US$20 million. This four-year project will focus on four main components:

  • The rehabilitation, reconstruction and improvement of 920 km of existing rural roads, including bridges, culverts and drainage facilities. The construction of 1,400 community-based wells with hand pumps, and the building of 32,000 units of pour-flush latrines for the affected households.
  • Supporting Emergency Response by providing retroactive financial support for specific eligible expenditures for emergency response works.
  • Supporting project implementation agencies by providing technical assistance in project management such as detailed surveys, engineering designs, procurement, financial management, construction supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and community outreach.
  • Strengthening the capacity building of institutions by supporting the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) in increasing its capacity for disaster preparedness and management. This will be achieved through the development of national and provincial risk maps, emergency management information, and early warning systems, as well as the development of housing and building codes.
The World Bank's program in Cambodia is designed to provide support to the poorest segments of the population, within the overarching goal to improve governance, said the press release. --AKP

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