Post-Earthquake Quality of Life: Assessing the Bam Recovery Process

Masoumi, Homa and Malekpour Asl, Behgad and Badr, Siamak (2021) Post-Earthquake Quality of Life: Assessing the Bam Recovery Process. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 595-605. ISSN 2521-3938

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This paper examines the recovery process of the Bam (earthquake hits on December 26, 2003) on the survivors’ quality of life after 17 years. Our purpose is to explore the main root causes of the success or failure of the Bam recovery process. The results of this research could be effective in the success of the future disaster recovery process. For this reason, a self-report questionnaire designed to collect data on socio-demographic attributes, quality of life, and earthquake effects and its recovery rate from Bam’s citizens’ point of view. Cross-sectional data were collected during the summer of 2020 in Bam city by the snowball sampling method. The total sample comprised 150 of 164 (91.4% response rate) citizens who lived in Bam at least one year before the earthquake (and until now). Three analysis methods were applied, first descriptive statistics, second a statistical test (one-sample t-test), and third Ishikawa diagram. The results show that the Bam recovery process was not successful and Bam recovered only 54% in quality of life dimensions. The research hypothesis (H0: The recovery process of Bam city has improved citizens’ quality of life) has been rejected based on the findings. Finally, in the last part of the analysis, eight main causes have been determined for the Bam recovery’s failure in increasing the quality of life. Although failure causes are in both management and physical dimensions, it seems that the physical causes are also rooted in the management system of Bam city.

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Additional Information: This paper has been written in the pandemic situation of covid 19. Sorrowfully, we lost one of our mentors, teachers, and one of the greatest people we knew, Dr. Sharif Mottavef to this disease, who always had encouraged us to develop and to be a better version of ourselves. May his soul rest in peace, his memory be blessed, and his path be followed. He will always be in our minds and hearts.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Recovery; Quality of life; Resiliency; Vulnerability; Disaster management; Bam
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 07:53
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 17:39

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