Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Article in Press

Post-earthquake disaster extent and damage assessment of residential buildings in South-western Uganda

Barasa Bernard

  •  Received: 14 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 14 June 2018
Post-disaster assessments are of enormous value in multi-level and sectoral development planning, decision making and response. This study investigated the extent, magnitude, intensity and level of shaking of post-earthquake disaster risk and assessed the household residential building damages and injury ratios experienced in both Isingiro and Rakai Districts. Socio-economic and structural datasets were collected through random and snowball sampling procedures. A total of 300 households were studied. Questionnaires and visual structural assessments were conducted. A multi-criterion spatial analysis was performed to determine the extent and magnitude of earthquake damage. The results revealed that the post-earthquake disaster risk extent, magnitude, intensity and shaking were severe in Rakai and Isingiro Districts. A total of 962 buildings were registered as fully or partially damaged by the tremor. The estimated total cost of earthquake damages/losses experienced in both districts was USD 2,365,314.3. Mud and wattle houses were the list affected by the earthquake. Thus the residential settlement guidelines should be enforced and communities sensitised on earthquake preparedness and management.

Keywords: Earthquake, geology, injury, damage, losses.