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Experience increasingly affirms that the post-disaster recovery phase provides a critical opportunity to shift the focus from saving lives to restoring livelihoods, and a time to introduce measures to reduce future disaster risk. Recovery can help close the gap between relief and development and transform disasters into opportunities for sustainable development. In order to fulfil such roles of recovery phase, it is effective to learn from the past recovery experiences in the world and draw upon them for better and effective recovery in disaster-affected areas.
This site on "Recovery & Reconstruction" features the cases of Hurricane Mitch (1998), Flash Floods and Landslides in Venezuela (2000), El Salvador Earthquakes (2001), Eruption of Mount Pinatubo (1991), Gujarat Earthquake (2001), Orissa Super Cyclone (1999) and Marmara Earthquake (1999), and a comparative study of the above recovery cases, and seek what can be improved in the international recovery efforts.


ADRC wishes to express sincere gratitude to the authors of the case studies, namely Dr. Carlos A. Villacis, Mr. Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Mr. Anil Kkumar Sinha, and Dr. Tetsushi Kurita.
These reports will further contribute to the development of International Recovery Platform (IRP), for which initiative was presented by the UN agencies and partners, with the encouragement and support of the Government of Japan and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), and other countries.


Latin America


India - Gujarat

India - Orissa


Comparative Study

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