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Title:Disaster and relief in south africa: defining the crisis of the 1987 floods
Authors:Cross, C.R.ISNI
Nzama, M.T.
Dlamini, O.S.
Year:1988
Periodical:Africa Insight
Volume:18
Issue:4
Pages:160-173
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:environment
floods
Abstract:After a brief introduction to the theory of ecological disaster in the modern world, which more and more emphasizes the influence of human intervention in the ecosystems on the increasing number of disasters, this article examines the impact of the 1987/88 floods on a black periurban district of KwaZulu, South Africa. It notably sketches some of the reasons why black women from crippled households may have predominated among the homeless, and relates their situation to the larger political, economic and environmental realities of the Third World. It ends with an examination of the question of what would have been the appropriate response to the disaster, either from private voluntary agencies or from State institutions. Ref.
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