The Comparative Analysis Of Coping In Two Different Vulnerable Areas In BangladeshJournal: International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (Vol.2, No. 8)
Publication Date: 2013-08-25
Authors : Tahmina Yasmin; Khaled Masud Ahmed;
Page : 26-38
Keywords : Index Terms Adaptation resilience coping climate change disaster char land remote island.;
Abstract The negative consequence of climate change and its correlation to the disaster have augmented peoples vulnerabilities and exposures especially in the developing countries like Bangladesh. Though people exposed to the vulnerabilities and risks seem to be less prepared to deal with adverse situation they base traditional knowledge in coping with the changing climate. This research is unique in this regard as it reveals the criteria that influence peoples ability to cope in the long run by identifying the different coping practices in terms of spatial socio-economic and mental instability. A few literatures were found basically emphasized on the current coping mechanisms rather than concentrating the criteria that influence the coping capacities. Data were collected through numerous questionnaire surveys with selected households living in a char land and a remote island of Bangladesh and also used different tools of Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment techniques. The outcome revealed that the inhabitants have to spend maximum portion of their income for food and repairing houses that are often destroyed by recurring disasters just to survive. Savings are almost zero and medical and education expenses are only amplifying their burden. The most suitable options for coping includes eat fewer meals borrowing money or take loan and sell labour in cheap at advance. All these copings are leading people to malnutrition economic imbalance and domestic hostility along with mental instability which would hinder peoples ability to take proper decision in time of risk or affect current coping ability with recurring events or the vice versa.
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