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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 27-34

An overview of psychosocial impacts of disaster

Sr. Demonstrator, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Disaster or calamity causes widespread destruction or distress. For any catastrophe, we determine the degree of suffering by the size, shape, impact and the probability of reoccurrence. Stress and emotional pain can have a significant effect on individuals and communities. Recovering from the impact of the calamity and regaininga sense of control is a vital focus in delivering psychosocial interventions. The present article attempts to explore the psychosocial profiles of victims of flood, drought, storms, and cyclones that have occurred in the Indian subcontinent over the last decade and the immediate and long-term implications of the disaster. We discuss essential methods of providing relief and rehabilitation in this paper. Finally, although many South East Asian countries have been deliberating on several useful models for disaster management, further research on understanding the psycho-social impact of calamities are recommended.

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