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The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters$
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Debarati Guha-Sapir and Indhira Santos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841936.001.0001

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Natural Disaster Mitigation in West Bengal

Natural Disaster Mitigation in West Bengal

(p.199) 9 Natural Disaster Mitigation in West Bengal
The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters

Debesh Chakraborty

Sabari Bandyopadhyay

Ivy Das Gupta

Sayanti Sen

Debabrata Mitra

Oxford University Press

India frequently suffers from a range of natural disasters – floods, cyclones, earthquakes and droughts – that cause massive loss of both life and property. This chapter deals with vulnerable flood-prone regions, the extent of damages caused due to major floods in the past, and related policies and measures adopted in West Bengal. Flood problems in India have been described, by applying the vulnerability index. West Bengal remains one of the most flood-vulnerable states in India and a flood disaster profile of West Bengal has been put forward, showcasing the nature and extent of flood and the damage caused by floods in recent years. Thus the case study enhances our knowledge by enlightening us to how the residents of a disaster affected area have locally adopted various measures to develop disaster prevention, response and mitigation. These measures are often based on local experiences, perceptions and economic capacity.

Keywords:   Vulnerability, Mitigation, Disaster, Flood

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