Community Resilience Building in the Aftermath of Flood Disaster

Anua, Norsyuhada and Chan, Ngai Weng (2019) Community Resilience Building in the Aftermath of Flood Disaster. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 89. pp. 501-510. ISSN 2357-1330

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In the world, natural disasters are unpredictable, but communities can reduce the threat if they are prepared in advance. Increasing community resilience has been identified as a key component of disaster management, risk reduction and vulnerability reduction efforts. Flooding in Malaysia is a serious threat to communities and livelihoods. Enhancing community resilience is the key to reducing exposure to flood hazards. The main objectives of this study are (1) to identify the vulnerability of communities to floods, and (2) to study how communities can build resilience against floods. The methodology involves a quantitative questionnaire survey of a sample of 100 households, selected through random sampling technique. Qualitative in-depth interviews were also used for selected households. The findings revealed that victims who are experienced are better prepared as they use a complete preparation procedure, evacuate earlier before the flood water level rises, have adequate emergency money-savings, build or modify their house into a floating house (raft house) and other flood-proofing methods, and store adequate emergency supplies. These experienced victims have built up their resilience to floods. In contrast, victims who are inexperienced do not practice these strategies and are therefore highly vulnerable. In conclusion, this study recommends building flood victims’ individual resilience as well as improvement in social, economic, institutional and physical resilience of communities through preparedness, awareness, and adaptation to face floods.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Ilmu Kemanusiaan (School of Humanities) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Koleksi Penganjuran Persidangan (Conference Collection) > International Conference on Humanities (ICH)
Depositing User: Mr Musa Mohamed Ghazali
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 02:01
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 02:01

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