Accounting for long-term requirements in post-disaster housing

E. E. Wijegunarathna, L. J. Prasanna, Gayan Wedawatta, Bingunath Ingirige, Kishan Sugathapala

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Abstract

Natural disasters often result in wide-scale property damage. This then necessitates reconstruction programmes during the aftermath, to repair damaged properties and to provide new properties where required. Research has shown that permanent re-construction following a natural disaster is often inefficiently managed, uncoordinated, and importantly overlooks the long term requirements of the affected community. How such housing provisions perform in the long-term has received limited attention as the emphasis is often on short to medium term recovery during the aftermath. Following the 2004 Asian Tsunami, thousands of houses were damaged/destroyed and were re-built in Sri Lanka. As these housing schemes have now been in place for a reasonable period of time, this provides a unique opportunity to study how the schemes have performed since completion, and the level of occupant satisfaction in the long term. Lessons to be learned can help shape post-disaster housing re-construction policy and practice, to ensure their performance and user satisfaction in the long-term. This initial discussion paper seeks to set the context for this proposed research
Original languageEnglish
Pages176-182
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
EventThe 12th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction - University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Duration: 5 Aug 20167 Aug 2016

Conference

ConferenceThe 12th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction
Abbreviated title12th I3R2 Conference
CountrySri Lanka
CityPeradeniya
Period5/08/167/08/16

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