Grounded Realities of Recovery in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka
This chapter examines the geographies of resettlement and reconstruction in Sri Lankan communities following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It first considers the similarities between Sri Lanka and the United States, particularly the city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in terms of disaster recovery and reconstruction. It then argues that community concerns and anxieties regarding the politico-economic realities of displacement and resettlement in Sri Lanka were articulated against prevailing fault-lines of war and inequality, citing the potential relocation of affected families to the interior of the country. With an eye toward the lessons that might be shared with the U.S. Gulf Coast, the chapter suggests that keen attention to local conditions and structural inequalities is vital for rebuilding disaster-torn communities.
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