India is among the countries that have been severely affected by both floods and cyclones. In 2012, the Government of India estimated that nearly 12 percent of India’s land is prone to floods and river erosion. The Population Council conducted formative research in the state of Odisha to explore the people’s perceptions on impact and resilience to cyclones and floods, and to examine the state-level infrastructure and institutional initiatives to strengthen responses to these events. Findings reported in this brief indicate that flooding and cyclones have had a disproportionate affect on vulnerable groups, including women, children, the elderly, and disabled people, in addition to the poor and the landless. The report details coping and adaptation mechanisms by the community as well as measures taken by the government to respond to floods and cyclones. It includes a number of recommendations to meet the needs of the population as indicated by the findings.
Patel, Sangram Kishor. 2018. "Community-level assessment of floods and cyclones in coastal Odisha, India: Impact, resilience, and implications," research brief. New Delhi: Population Council.
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