Flood vulnerability assessment for social inclusion and disaster preparedness
Dhanusha Balakrishnan1,2, Christoph Funk2, Seema Balan1, Archana Raghavan Sathyan1
1Kerala Agricultural University, College of Agriculture, Dept. of Agricultural Extension, India
In recent years, natural disasters have claimed lives and disrupted economic and social structures in both developed and developing countries. Among natural disasters, floods and landslides have been the most devastating and recurring, accounting for 47 % of all weather-related disasters, and affecting 2.30 billion people worldwide. India is one of the regions most affected by flooding, where the frequency of floods is increasing, mainly due to topography and socio-economic conditions. Kerala, a southern state of India, has drawn attention in the recent past due to significant alterations in the characteristics of the southwest (SW) monsoon, resulting in severe flooding and landslides. Although farmers in Kerala are frequently affected by floods and landslides, there is a lack of studies on the vulnerability of farmers in these regions to floods and landslides focusing on socioeconomic aspects. Therefore, assessing farmers' vulnerability to natural disasters is a compelling action that should be taken to reduce disaster-related risks and ensure livelihood sustainability.
Keywords: Farmers, floods, landslides, vulnerability assessment
Contact Address: Dhanusha Balakrishnan, Kerala Agricultural University, College of Agriculture, Dept. of Agricultural Extension, 695522 Thiruvananthapuram, India, e-mail: balakrishnandhanushagmail.com