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Assessing the Impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on Households: The Modified Domestic Assets Approach

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Disasters, 2010

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Campus : Amritapuri

School : School for Sustainable Futures

Department : Sustainable Development

Year : 2010

Abstract : This paper offers a potential measurement solution for assessing disaster impacts and subsequent recovery at the household level by using a modified domestic assets index (MDAI) approach. Assessment of the utility of the domestic assets index first proposed by Bates, Killian and Peacock (1984) has been confined to earthquake areas in the Americas and southern Europe. This paper modifies and extends the approach to the Indian sub-continent and to coastal surge hazards utilizing data collected from 1,000 households impacted by the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) in the Nagapattinam district of south-eastern India. The analyses suggest that the MDAI scale is a reliable and valid measure of household living conditions and is useful in assessing disaster impacts and tracking recovery efforts over time. It can facilitate longitudinal studies, encourage cross-cultural, cross-national comparisons of disaster impacts and inform national and international donors of the itemized monetary losses from disasters at the household level.

Cite this Research Publication : Sudha Arlikatti,Walter Gillis Peacock,Carla S. Prater,Himanshu Grover,Arul S. Gnana Sekar "Assessing the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on households: a modified domestic assets index approach", Disasters, 2010

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