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An unseen reality - recovery following small disasters in remote areas


An unseen reality - recovery following small disasters in remote areas

This report examines the recovery experience of small, remote Nepalese communities in the aftermath of disaster. The aim is both to provide academic insight and to contribute to the formulation of better recovery strategies, policies and plans by government and other “external” agencies.

The study involved in-depth interviews with community members directly affected by the flood, semistructured interviews with government officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and a focus group discussion disaster affected households.  This study demonstrates and concludes that while the recovery process following smallscale disasters in remote communities follows the three-stage recovery process of existing academic models, the characteristics of each stage differs markedly. In particular, the research presented here demonstrates that recovery following small- scale disasters is dominated at every stage by self-help at the community level and that external government and agency intervention, while of major importance, is largely limited to the immediate rescue and recovery phase and does not extend to longerterm complete recovery.