Discuss the Social and Economic Impact of Natural Disasters on the Caribbean.

2527 Words Sep 23rd, 2009 11 Pages
Natural disasters may be defined as natural catastrophes which cause great damage by disrupting the functioning of a society thus rendering the country incapable of coping through using its own resources as there is a need for outsider assistance in order to effectively preserve lives and the environment. Conversely, Natural hazards are natural phenomena that are potential threats to people within a society, structures or economic assets and may cause disaster. Natural disasters are inevitable and ubiquitous worldwide. Within the Caribbean, they are chiefly present in the forms of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, and volcanoes. The great damages caused by natural disasters may be divided into three categories: social, economic …show more content…
Additionally, the destruction of homes has left thousands distraught and unsure of what the future holds since they no longer have a permanent residence or home. Alternatively, loss of home may give the individuals the incentive to start a fresh, and in so doing the government often assist by providing houses which are ostensibly built in places that are more suitable for construction and are durable that is, less likely to easily fall prey to the next hurricane.
Hurricanes also results in the disruption of communities. This created chaos and confusion among the people since they will have to rebuild their homes and lives seeing as many are unable to return to their community to live after the hurricane. A prime example is the community of Cave Valley in St. Ann. It was reported to have been submerged under twenty five feet of water and approximately three hundred persons had to be sheltered at Clarksonville. Consequently, the entire community was separated as families ventured into different avenues (community of people) wherein, they will have to be re-socialized and assimilated into a new environment and the fact that a lot of these individuals are poor makes it a lot harder to move on. However, in a situation where the community can be rebuilt there is normally unity among the people and a sense of camaraderie develops as they help each other to recover from the effects of a hurricane. Hurricanes oftentimes lead to employment and profit for places