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Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2012)

Vulnerability to floods a study of disaster recovery in rural Karnataka

Thomas, Naveen I

Titre : Vulnerability to floods a study of disaster recovery in rural Karnataka

Auteur : Thomas, Naveen I

University : Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2012

Résumé
Environmental conditions and events such as disasters have shaped human history. The number of disasters reported has been growing exponentially. It grew from 50 per year in the 1970s to almost 500 per year in 2005. Among all the reported natural disasters worldwide, floods accounted for about forty per cent and caused about half of all deaths. Asia faced the greatest threat of floods. Annually, more than 400 million people have been directly exposed to floods worldwide for the past two decades. This was also seen in India where floods topped the list of natural disasters in terms of number of events and estimated damage. In India, 5.2 million people were reportedly affected by floods in 2011 which caused 158 deaths. A review of the data on disasters in India showed that in many places, the same people were affected twice as they faced both drought and floods. The location chosen for the study was one such area located in the northern, drought-prone part of Karnataka, in Badami taluk of Bagalkot district. The region is characterised by its under-development and has been classified as one of the more backward taluks in Karnataka state. Being mainly rain-fed agricultural villages most livelihoods revolved around land and livestock. The region faced severe floods in July 2007 and October 2009, and caused severe flood related losses in the region. Objectives and research design The conceptual frame adapted for the study was from the modified sustainable livelihoods framework which provided a useful analytical tool to study vulnerabilities and capabilities in the context of a disaster. The broad objective of the study was to examine the disaster recovery of households in the context of vulnerability to floods in rural Karnataka.

Mots clés : Social Work ; Karnataka ; Natural calamities ; Disaster ; Flood

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