Natural Hazards

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 229–241 | Cite as

Post-Bam earthquake: recovery and reconstruction

  • Mohsen Ghafory-AshtianyEmail author
  • Mahmood Hosseini
Original Paper


This paper gives a brief explanation of the earthquake in Bam. It also reports on the rescue and relief operations, including the construction of emergency shelters and temporary housing, and on the country’s plan for the reconstruction of the city, which includes debris removal, the rebuilding of rural and urban residential and commercial units, the reconstruction of state and public buildings and public facilities such as schools, rural and urban water aqueducts and grids, the construction of a sewage system, power network and telecommunication system, the provision of water to orchards and farmlands, the renovation of industries and the revival of the cultural heritage, particularly the historical Bam citadel, among others. We also report briefly on the effect of the Bam earthquake on the Iran Earthquake Risk Reduction Strategy and actions.


Bam, Iran Construction Bazar Emergency shelters Local participation Reconstruction strategy funding Rescue and relief Risk Reduction Temporary housing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Risk Management Center of ExcellenceInternational Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES)TehranIran

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