Post-disaster recovery and 'ongoing' vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India

Chhotray, Vasudha and Few, Roger (2012) Post-disaster recovery and 'ongoing' vulnerability: Ten years after the super-cyclone of 1999 in Orissa, India. Global Environmental Change, 22 (3). pp. 695-702.

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Abstract

This paper examines what recovery means in a context where vulnerability cannot be reduced to a single hazard but is an ongoing aspect of life. It analyses convergences in trajectories of livelihood and shelter for two sites in coastal Orissa, despite important differences in hazard exposure and the nature of external assistance available in the aftermath of a major disaster: the super-cyclone of 1999. It critically examines processes and prospects for recovery, in situations where entrenched ongoing vulnerability compounded by severe limitations on grassroots adaptive capacity and weak institutional support deeply undermine even recovery to a pre-disaster state let alone a condition of greater resilience. While recognising the structural constraints on institutional performance, it signals the need for a fundamental change in state approach if resilience building is to be fostered in communities that are chronically at risk from hazards.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
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Depositing User: Vasudha Chhotray
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 12:15
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 23:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/41547
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.05.001

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