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Earthquake Disaster Management

Focussing on the Earthquake of September 30, 1993 in Latur and Osmanabad Districts, Maharashtra, India and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project at Gubal Village where Geodesic Domes were Constructed as Earthquake-Resistant Housing

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Horst Friedrich Rolly

This documentation gives a detailed account on the involvement of the government, army and civil society in the rescue and relief operations following the Latur/Killari earthquake of September 30, 1993 in Maharashtra, India and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Gubal village which was completely destroyed by the quake. Written twelve years after the disaster struck, this documentation provides insight into the long-term implications of administrative decisions on resettlement and reconstruction, the durability of the geodesic dome as an earthquake resistant housing design built for the survivors and the social sustainability and cultural acceptance of rehabilitation measures. The study is complemented by theoretical guidelines on humanitarian aid and a general introduction to Global Governance in disaster management in the framework of human rights, codes of conduct, and ethical standards.
The Author: Horst Friedrich Rolly, Professor of Comparative Education, lived and worked in India from 1987 to 1995 while serving as Head of the Department of Development Studies and Social Service at Spicer Memorial College, Pune, Maharashtra. Besides planning and co-managing a number of development projects, he was Director of the Gubal Village Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project.