Five Years after the Ladakh Flood: At the Intersections of Coping, Adaptation and Re-Experienced Trauma

Five years after the 2010 flash flood, Ladakh has recovered quickly in terms of infrastructures. New buildings have been erected in the same place, communication lines and transportation restored. It almost looks like as if nothing ever happened, but today the slightest sound of thunder and lightning and the unusual amount of rain revives the psychological trauma.  We used in-depth interviews as well as narratives from flood survivors, community leaders and students away from home who experienced disaster “secondhand” through extensive media coverage, asking if coping strategies of 2010 eroded the foundation for adaptation today.




About the Speaker:

Dr. Nancy Chin, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Centre and Phunchok Namgial.