Flood vulnerability through the eyes of vulnerable people in mid-western Terai of Nepal

Devkota, Rohini Prasad and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff and Devkota, Laxmi Prasad (2013) Flood vulnerability through the eyes of vulnerable people in mid-western Terai of Nepal. Journal of Earth Science and Climactic Change, 4 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2157-7617

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There are many studies on the flood risk mapping and analysis on various flood prone watersheds identifying
vulnerability indicators and organizing them into different themes such as physical, social, economic, access to
resources, communication, and gender dimensions. But there is no research on vulnerability of people to flood under climate change scenario from Nepal, where most of southern part experience flood each year in the monsoon season. This paper intends to assess the perceived flood vulnerability through the eyes of vulnerable people at the community level in two southern districts of Nepal. A total of two focus group discussions were conducted and 240 households were interviewed during field visit on Feb-May, 2012. Based on the perception of local peoples, 25 vulnerability indicators were identified and tested against a scale from 1 to 5 where 1 indicated 'very low' impact and 5 'severe' impacts. The 'high frequency of flood', bbank cutting/sand casting' and 'damage agricultural land' was found first three highly vulnerable indicators, whereas 'physical', 'social' and 'economic' parameters were found most vulnerable parameters. The findings of this study can be useful in vulnerability assessment and mapping of flood risk which are in turn crucial for flood management.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 24 May 2013 05:46
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 23:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: flood prone; vulnerability; parameters; indicators; monsoon season; Nepal
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040604 Natural Hazards
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000132
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23157

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