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Volume 17 Issue 4 (December 2009), Pages 203-313

Typhoon Evacuation in Wenzhou, China: A Preliminary Analysis of Progress and the Remaining Challenges (pages 303-313)

The need for a well‐prepared response to hurricanes and typhoons2 has become increasingly evident given the catastrophic impacts. While much research has focused on how American governmental and non‐governmental organizations operate in response to hurricanes, the response in developing countries has received less attention. This article describes the progress and challenges evidenced in Chinese local government operations during typhoon evacuations, and is based on field research in Wenzhou City in September 2008, which includes historical official document analysis, on‐site observation of the 2008 Typhoon Sinlaku response process and face‐to‐face interviews with one NGO director and 16 officials. Mass evacuation response in China has changed: there are basic shelters, emergency plans and legislation supports. But there are still problems that block effective and efficient response.

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