Assessing the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on households: a modified domestic assets index approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper offers a potential measurement solution for assessing disaster impacts and subsequent recovery at the household level by using a modified domestic assets index (MDAI) approach. Assessment of the utility of the domestic assets index first proposed by Bates, Killian and Peacock (1984) has been confined to earthquake areas in the Americas and southern Europe. This paper modifies and extends the approach to the Indian sub-continent and to coastal surge hazards utilizing data collected from 1,000 households impacted by the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) in the Nagapattinam district of south-eastern India. The analyses suggest that the MDAI scale is a reliable and valid measure of household living conditions and is useful in assessing disaster impacts and tracking recovery efforts over time. It can facilitate longitudinal studies, encourage cross-cultural, cross-national comparisons of disaster impacts and inform national and international donors of the itemized monetary losses from disasters at the household level.

published proceedings

  • Disasters

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Arlikatti, S., Peacock, W. G., Prater, C. S., Grover, H., & Sekar, A.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Arlikatti, Sudha||Peacock, Walter Gillis||Prater, Carla S||Grover, Himanshu||Sekar, Arul S Gnana

publication date

  • July 2010