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The Impact of Earthquake on Poverty: Learning from the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake

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Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China
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Department of Geography and Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Hainan Key Laboratory of Earth Observation, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sanya 572029, China
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National Disaster Reduction Center, Ministry of Civil Affairs, Beijing 100124, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4704; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124704
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 3 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 December 2018 / Published: 10 December 2018
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Abstract

How to combine disaster prevention and mitigation, post-disaster reconstruction and poverty alleviation has become a new hot issue. On 12 May 2008, a major earthquake devastated the Wenchuan area in Sichuan Province in the heartland of China. After ten-years have passed, it is a good time to review what we learned from the Great Wenchuan earthquake. The impact of Wenchuan earthquake on poverty-stricken counties, poverty-stricken villages, and poverty-stricken households was analyzed. Suggestions for improving the method of combining disaster prevention, post-disaster reconstruction, and poverty alleviation were proposed. The results from this research could serve as an important reference for formulation of the poverty alleviation and development program after a major earthquake. View Full-Text
Keywords: Wenchuan earthquake; damage; disaster reconstruction; poverty alleviation Wenchuan earthquake; damage; disaster reconstruction; poverty alleviation
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Jia, H.; Chen, F.; Pan, D.; Zhang, C. The Impact of Earthquake on Poverty: Learning from the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4704.

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