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close this bookRehabilitation and Reconstruction - 1st Edition (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - Disaster Management Training Programme - United Nations Development Programme , 1993, 47 p.)
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close this folderPart 1 - Scope of rehabilitation and reconstruction
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View the documentNature of the disaster
View the documentScale of the damage
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View the documentSectors affected
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View the documentPolitical commitment
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close this folderPart 2 - Relationship to other stages of disaster management
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View the documentMitigation into reconstruction
View the documentReconstruction and development
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The processes of rehabilitation and reconstruction are complex and depend largely on the analysis of the disaster itself:

- the nature of the disaster (hazard type)
- the scale of the damage
- the location of the events
- the particular sectors affected

Planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction will depend on the losses sustained by the community. These are typically:

- buildings
- infrastructure
- economic assets
- administrative and political systems
- psychological
- cultural
- social
- environmental

The losses sustained due to the disaster result in needs which must be carefully analyzed

Available resources must be incorporated into the planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction. These are typically:

- funds
- materials
- equipment and tools
- energy and power sources
- land (for building)
- human resources
- adequate and relevant information
- administrative structures

Political commitment is critical to the success of rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

There is a wide range of actors involved in the carrying out these efforts. Each of them have varying responsibilities throughout the phases of the disaster recovery. The actors usually include:

- military
- disaster relief units or agencies
- government ministries
- reconstruction commissions
- local authorities
- international agencies
- media
- professional/commercial sector
- communities