Contact IRDR


Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle

Bayes Ahmed

PhD student


Community Vulnerability to Landslides in the Chittagong Hill Districts of Bangladesh


Professor Dr. David E. Alexander and Dr Ilan Kelman

Source(s) of funding:

Commonwealth Scholarship


UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK 

Phone No:

020 3108 1108





Project description

Landslides are common geophysical hazards in the rapidly urbanized hilly towns and cities of the south- eastern Chittagong Hill Districts (CHD), Bangladesh. For example, landslides over the period June-July 2015 killed at least 40 people and damaged thousands of houses and a number of main roads. The severity of landslide disaster is gradually intensifying in the urbanized hill centres because of increased population, rapid urbanization, indiscriminate hill cutting, development of illegal settlements on hillslopes, lack of proper planning, and good governance. On the contrary, it is observed that the indigenous communities living in the hill-tracts are addressing the different thematic dimensions of community vulnerability in relation to landslides and associated risks. It is evident that the indigenous tribal communities in the CHD are more resilient to landslides than the urbanized communities/ Bengali settlers. Against this background, the aim of this research is to understand what makes the indigenous communities resilient to landslides, and eventually developing a framework for transforming the indigenous cultural knowledge among the urbanized communities in building resilience and reducing the associated risks of the socio-natural hazards.

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