This paper relates the experiences of some rural and urban areas of Tamil Nadu in the aftermath of the tsunami, focusing on issues in their rebuilding and rehabilitation. It draws upon research which the authors are undertaking in the rural districts of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore and
also in the settlement of Tsunami Nagar, where some 2000 urban households from five slums have found shelter for more than a year now. The research draws on interviews conducted with inhabitants of both rural and urban settlements where rehabilitation is under way, focusing on housing, livelihoods
and infrastructure, in particular. It explores the self-help rebuilding experiences of these communities and also the work of local NGOs, international agency partners and local and regional governments. Only a preliminary summary of the results of the study is reported here.
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