Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions
by Dennis McGilvray (9780415778770)

Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions
Dennis McGilvray
Release Date: 09 March 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
Category: Development Studies
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415778770
ISBN-10: 0415778778

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, which devastated 70% of Sri Lanka's coastline and killed an estimated 31,000 people was remarkable both in the magnitude of the disaster and in the scale of the relief and recovery operations mounted by national and international agencies. The disastrous ocean wave caused by an undersea subduction earthquake off the western coast of Sumatra struck the coast lines of at least eight nations, including Sri Lanka. This book explores the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka, where coastal communities that are significantly different in terms of social structure, economy, language, religion, kinship, and cultural identity were affected. In addition, a separatist guerrilla movement has been fighting the central government of Sri Lanka for decades, so Sri Lanka's tsunami relief and recovery operations took place in a situation of regional ethnic conflict.
The book is framed within this larger political and social context and it explores to what extent "culture matters" in grassroots responses to a natural disaster. From a multidisciplinary perspective, chapters by experts in the field analyse regional and ethnic patterns of post-tsunami reconstruction according to different sectors of Sri Lankan society. The book is a timely and useful contribution to the literature by demonstrating the key importance of comprehending the local cultural contexts of disaster recovery processes.

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