A comparison of social and economic recovery after Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami in Sri Lanka

Sleigh, Caroline (2007) A comparison of social and economic recovery after Hurricane Katrina and the Tsunami in Sri Lanka. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this project is to discover whether Mississippi and Louisiana recovered more rapidly and effectively following Hurricane Katrina than Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In order for communities to thrive and function, four main factors are needed; livelihood, education, health and shelter, which are often affected considerably during a disaster situation. Therefore in order for a community to recover and re-establish itself after a disaster, priority should be given to rebuild these facilities, so people can continue with their lives. The aims are achieved through an extensive literature review, to generate an understanding of the impacts of each disaster socially and economically. In addition the state of recovery in each area has been established. The reasons attributing to the success of failure of recovery have been analysed, such as the extent of warning given prior to each disaster, the government response, the non-governmental response and insurance coverage. Primary research has also been conducted through an interview, emails and questionnaires, this enabled views and opinions to be obtained from those who experienced the disasters and their recovery. At first glance it would seem that Mississippi and Louisiana had a far higher chance of recovering quicker, due to its wealth and resources. This project concluded, however, that when taken as a whole, the recovery in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean Tsunami was more rapid and effective than in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. In Sri Lanka most people were back at work as most businesses were back in operation, children were back in new schools and they had new transitional and permanent homes to live in. In comparison, some areas of Louisiana and Mississippi had not even been touched 18 months after Katrina. Homes had been abandoned and communities had been lost and many doubted whether some of the affected areas would eve be rebuilt.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/475

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