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Effectiveness of earthquakes relief efforts in Nepal: opinions of the survivors

Bimal Kanti Paul (), Bidhan Acharya and Kabita Ghimire
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Bimal Kanti Paul: Kansas State University
Bidhan Acharya: Tribhuvan University
Kabita Ghimire: Kansas State University

Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, 2017, vol. 85, issue 2, 1169-1188

Abstract: Abstract This study assesses how well government and nongovernmental organizations and others performed during emergency relief operations in Nepal after the country was struck by a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015. The primary source of data for this study was face-to-face interviews of 302 respondents from 10 study sites in two earthquake-affected districts. Information collected through four focus group meetings was also used to supplement the survey data. The performance or effectiveness of relief operations was measured by developing an additive composite index score. Both disaggregated and aggregated scores reveal that the emergency materials provided to the earthquake survivors in Nepal were appropriate and adequate for their needs and the aid distribution was relatively fair and timely. Analyses of survey data further suggest that the emergency aid was uniformly distributed among respondents of the two selected districts. Based on the study findings, we provide several recommendations to improve relief operations in future disasters.

Keywords: Government and nongovernmental organization; Emergency relief operation; Nepal earthquake survivors; Appropriate and adequate disaster aid; Fair and timely distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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