Role of social transformation in community recovery from Cyclone Nargis: Case of Kun Thee Chaung Village, Myanmar

Kensuke Otsuyama, Rajib Shaw

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Abstract

Cyclone Nargis is considered the worst natural disaster to have occurred in Myanmar. One of the severely affected communities, Kun Thee Chaung village in Bogale Township in Ayeyarwady region, received donated facilities and infrastructure in the postdisaster period; however those facilities are unused 5 years later owing to the lack of techniques transferred and lack of channels for maintenance. Although international agencies urgently conveyed their donations and projects into the affected communities, less attention was paid to the long-term recovery at the village level; therefore the effectiveness of the recovery has not yet been observed. Thus the aim of this chapter is (1) to identify the transformation of the donated facilities in long-term phase in a remote community, and (2) to analyze the effectiveness of recovery efforts in long-term recovery. The key findings observed are that acknowledgment by the new legislation empowered community-based organizations, and paved the way for science-based policy-making in a remote community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationPotentials and Challenges
PublisherElsevier
Pages385-394
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127117
ISBN (Print)9780128127124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Build back better
  • Community recovery
  • Empowerment
  • Self-governance
  • Transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Otsuyama, K., & Shaw, R. (2017). Role of social transformation in community recovery from Cyclone Nargis: Case of Kun Thee Chaung Village, Myanmar. In Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: Potentials and Challenges (pp. 385-394). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-812711-7.00022-5