Impact of distrust of authorities and non-governmental organisations providing an adequate response in a disaster


However, there was a sense of distrust amongst the participants towards the authorities and NGOs involved: “I notify the authorities but you can't be sure that they will come” (G8; 45+ yrs.), which, in turn, was seen as reducing the authorities' ability to respond effectively in disaster situations: “And they all expect help from the authorities, but the authorities cannot help if you don't trust them”.

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