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Post-Tsunami Reconstruction Manual

July 31, 2006, 6:30:00 PM

In the early morning hours of December 26th, 2004, a 9.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami along the Indian Ocean shook and alarmed the otherwise calm and quiet coastal towns of Tarangambadi and Chinangudi in Nagapattinam District. The earthquake generated 10 metre high waves. Serious damage to properties and loss of lives were reported from the coastal area.

As part of the participatory model of post-tsunami reconstruction work in Nagapattinam developed and organised by SIFFS, Dr. Benny Kuriakose and his team carried out extensive research and groundwork in the tsunami-affected villages to develop a detailed construction programme that involved proper training and orientation for site engineers, supervisors, and engineers.

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Dr. Kuriakose here lays out the design standards and details, types of building and construction materials to be used, and other related useful information with regard to the efficient realisation of disaster reconstruction works, using the in-house training programme as the basis for this Tsunami reconstruction manual, titled "Manual For Supervisors And Project Staff."