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International Recovery Platform

PDNA GUIDELINES VOLUME B - Macroeconomics Impact of Disasters

One of the main objectives of a post-disaster assessment is to estimate the impact of the event on overall socio- economic development in the affected country or area. To estimate total disaster impact, two components are normally estimated: first, the economic impact that represents the consequences of the destruction of physical assets and of the changes in production flows arising from the event that triggered the disaster, on overall economic conditions and performance; second, the impact on human development that represents the consequences of the disruption of the population´s normal livelihoods, employment and income as well as access to basic services of health and education. A subsequent estimation of post-disaster financial requirements to achieve recovery and reconstruction is possible only after disaster impact has been determined.

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