chapter  12
25 Pages

Medical Management of Earthquake Disasters

ByBrig KJ Singh

A disaster is often attributed to an ‘Act of God’. Th e World Health Organisation (WHO) has defi ned a disaster as any occurrence that causes physical damage, economic disruption, loss of human life and deterioration in health services on a scale suffi cient to warrant an extraordinary response from outside the community area. An objective study of the characteristics of the physical force of an earthquake and the resultant damage has produced a change in perception regarding the issues that pertain to coping with the eff ect of disasters. Th e focus now is on public and professional participation in assessing risks and developing disaster-resistant communities.