The legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from post-disaster reconstruction in Honduras.

Author:

Ensor, M. O.

Editor:

First

Date:

2009

Region:

Central America

Theme:

Gender and Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons

Language:

English

Publisher:

The University of Arizona Press

Full Harvard Reference:

Ensor, M. O. (Ed.). (2009). The legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from post-disaster reconstruction in Honduras. University of Arizona Press.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, a group of seven socio-environmental scientists investigated the root causes of vulnerability that characterized pre-Mitch Honduras, the impact of the catastrophe, and the subsequent recovery efforts. This volume presents their findings and analyses of the immediate and long-term consequences of Hurricane Mitch (including one chapter focusing on gender considerations). Based on longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork and environmental assessments, the contributors make a compelling case against post-disaster recovery efforts that limit themselves to alleviating the symptoms, rather than confronting the root causes of the vulnerability that prefigured the disaster.