Disaster risk reduction infrastructure requirements for South-Western Bangladesh

Wedawatta, Gayan, Kulatunga, Udayangani, Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Parvez, Ahmed (2016) Disaster risk reduction infrastructure requirements for South-Western Bangladesh. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6 (4). pp. 379-390. ISSN 2044-124X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-06-2015-0022

Abstract

Purpose
Development of effective disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies for communities at risk of being affected by natural disasters is considered essential, especially in the wake of devastating disaster events reported worldwide. As part of a wider research study investigating community perspectives on existing and potential strategies for enhancing resilience to natural disasters, community perspectives on infrastructure and structural protection requirements were investigated. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach
Patuakhali region in South-Western Bangladesh is a region significantly at risk of multiple natural hazards. In order to engage local communities and obtain their perspectives, focus group discussions were held with local community leaders and policy makers of at-risk communities in Patuakhali region, South-Western Bangladesh.

Findings
Infrastructure and structural protection requirements highlighted included multi-purpose cyclone shelters, permanent embankments and improved transport infrastructure. Much of the discussions of focus group interviews were focused on cyclone shelters and embankments, suggesting their critical importance in reducing disaster risk and also dependence of coastal communities on those two measures.

Originality/value
The research design adopted sought to answer the research questions raised and also to inform local policy makers on community perspectives. Local policy makers involved in DRR initiatives in the region were informed of community perspectives and requirements, thus contributing to community engagement in implementing DRR activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disaster risk reduction, Infrastructure, Flooding, Disaster management, Infrastructure management, Floods, Disaster planning, Community development, Cyclones, Community engagement
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2018 14:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35699

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