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Seeking shelter: the factors that influence refuge since Cyclone Gorky in the Coastal Area of Bangladesh

Source(s):  Progress in Disaster Science (Elsevier)

This paper provides an assessment of the factors associated with evacuation to cyclone shelters in coastal areas in Bangladesh over the past 30 years. It is based on the comparative study of Cyclone Amphan (2020) and three major historical cyclones: Gorky (1991), Sidr (2007) and Aila (2009). To ensure effective and efficient evacuation, it is important to better understand people's protective actions and hazard decision making.

While substantial improvements in the disaster response infrastructure were made in the last three decades, shelter evacuation rates are still low. It was found that the majority of people are still taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach mainly due to the fear of losing property. It was found that partial evacuation, observing environmental cues prior to evacuation and seeking refuge in neighbours' houses, is indirectly associated with the fear of losing property. There is also inadequate spatial distribution of cyclone shelters with minimal facilities. This study provides recommendations to intensify risk-based planning for cyclone shelters and gender-responsive efforts to ensure a safe environment for the community to seek refuge at shelters with proper planning at the community level.



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  • Seeking shelter: the factors that influence refuge since Cyclone Gorky in the Coastal Area of Bangladesh
  • Publication date 2021
  • Author(s) Hadi, Tahmina; Islam, Md. Sirajul; Richter, Denise et al.
  • Number of pages 9 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 10.1016/j.pdisas.2021.100179 (DOI)

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