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A positive side of disaster

In October 1998, a hurricane visited death and destruction on Honduras, with flooding and mudslides. A case history of a rural community documents how recovery from that event produced socio-economic improvement.

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Figure 1: Honduras, 2 November 1998.


Figure 2: Disasters, interventions and outcomes.


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Agrawal, A. A positive side of disaster. Nature 473, 291–292 (2011).

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