Journal article

The lived experience of disadvantaged communities affected by the 2015 South Indian floods: Implications for disaster risk reduction dialogue

Revathi N Krishna, Kevin Ronan, Caroline Spencer, Eva Alisic

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Poverty and discrimination compound vulnerability to disasters. Yet, people who experience these are some of the least involved groups in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) dialogue and research. This study aims to fill that gap by narrating the lived experience of underprivileged flood-affected communities. We conducted in-depth interviews (N = 48) with community members (n = 36) and staff members of collaborating non-governmental organisations (n = 12). We also conducted focus group discussions with staff members of the same NGOs. The results describe how systemic issues entrenched with socio-economic and cultural factors impact a community's ability to prepare for floods. These communities rec..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Early Career Fellowship)


Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to express gratitude to the community members and staff of NGOs who participated in this study. Ms. Krishna is supported by Monash University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Dr Alisic has been supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Early Career Fellowship 1090229). Both Drs. Alisic and Ronan have been supported by Australia's Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre during this study.