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Understanding the Issues Involved in Socio-Economic and Socio-Cultural Vulnerability among the People Living with Landslide Risks in the Hilly Districts of Chittagong Division, Bangladesh
Professor Dr. David E. Alexander
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UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK
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Landslides are a common problem in the urbanized hilly areas of Bangladesh. The major recent landslide events were related to torrential monsoon-rainfall within short period of time. In addition, rapid urbanization, increased population density, improper landuse, illegal hill cutting, indiscriminate deforestation and agricultural practices are triggering the landslide hazards. Finally lack of cultural knowledge, socio-economic vulnerability and institutional detachments are making the landslide scenario more disastrous.
O’Keefe and colleagues argued that disasters are more a consequence of socio-economic than natural factors. According to them – ‘without people, there is no disaster’ (O’Keefe et al., 1976). This notion focuses on the importance to studying the socio-economic and socio-cultural aspects of vulnerability in disaster risk reduction. Therefore, this research places the people who experience landslides at the centre.
At this drawback, the aim of this research is set to understand the issues involved in the socio-economic and socio-cultural vulnerability of the people living with landslide risks in the hilly districts of Chittagong division in Bangladesh.