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Title:Assessing vulnerability before, during and after a natural disaster in fragile regions: Case study of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia PDF Logo
Authors:Birkmann, Jörn
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.50
Abstract:Current approaches of measuring vulnerability to natural hazards generally use a rather static perspective that focuses on a single point in time - often before a hazardous event occurs. In contrast, the paper argues that vulnerability assessment should also take into account the changing dynamics during and after a disaster. This paper provides a comparative analysis of the situation in Sri Lanka and Indonesia within the context of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The author presents concepts for measuring revealed vulnerabilities and methods of assessing the recovery process, and highlights the differing ways in which the tsunami affected the ongoing civil conflicts in both regions.
natural hazards
fragile regions
Sri Lanka
coastal regions
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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