This paper aims to describe an in-depth study conducted on transition of recovery into subsequent recovery phases after the 2010 super floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The objectives of this research were to examine the post-disaster activities after the floods and highlight the critical areas hindering the transition into an effective recovery phase.
A case study approach based on literature reviews with semi-structured interviews with disaster management stakeholders were applied as the primary source of data.
The study found that long-term recovery was the most neglected phase of post-disaster recovery (PDR). The factors hindering successful transition following short-term recovery activities are lack of following: community-level involvement, local administration and community capacity, disaster governance, different stakeholders and coordination, information and knowledge management.
This paper examines the long-term disaster recovery after the 2010 super floods in three districts of Sindh. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to investigate the factors in other areas for different types of disasters.
These findings are critical to planning future post-disaster recoveries in the region. It also provides a basis to investigate other types of disasters.
The transition of recovery into long-term phase has never been investigated before. The recovery phase is an opportune time to incorporate strategies for building back better, resilience, mitigation and preparedness. A PDR that does not incorporate these strategies in the long-term leaves affected communities in more vulnerable conditions for future disasters.
Declaration of Competing Interests: The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.
Ali, R.A., Mannakkara, S. and Wilkinson, S. (2020), "Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 597-614. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-03-2020-0016Download as .RIS
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