Natural Disasters: An Indonesian Story--The Effect on Children, Families, and Mental Health
From Jeff Layne
Dr. Dhanushka Thamarapani
Department of Economics
Dr. Dhanushka Thamarapani is originally from Sri Lanka and teaches economics at CSU Chico. She has been performing research work in Indonesia for the past 5-6 years, looking at post earthquake effects on families from an economic perspective. Although her research does not include the 2004 earthquake that struck the western coast of the Aceh Province, it focuses on the epicenter of the 2006 earthquakes. A magnitude-6.8 quake centered the south of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, triggering a tsunami that smashed into the southern coast. These reoccurring natural disasters have lasting effects on children, disrupt families, and affect mental-health. Dr. Thamarapani highlights the policies and solutions for future anticipated natural disasters, that are, unfortunately, worsening due to climate change.
March 3, 2020