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Type Journal Article - Journal of Earth Science and Climactic Change
Title Flood vulnerability through the eyes of vulnerable people in mid-western Terai of Nepal
Author(s)
Volume 4
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 1-7
URL https://eprints.usq.edu.au/23157/2/Devkota_Maraseni_Cockfield_Devkota_JESCC_v4n1_PV.pdf
Abstract
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”, “bank 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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