Local Perspective on Loss and Damage in the Context of Extreme Events: Insights from Cyclone-affected Communities in Coastal Bangladesh

Abstract

This paper investigates how loss and damage from extreme events is being experienced at the local level – in this case cyclones in the coastal region of Khulna – and what approaches are being used to address it. To better understand how communities in Bangladesh are experiencing loss and damage from extreme events, in this case cyclones Sidr (2007) and Aila (2009), primary research was undertaken in six affected communities in Khulna. Based on surveys and semi-structured interviews, the study sought to better understand the losses and damages experienced by these communities as a result of the cyclones. The desk-based component of the research undertaken for this paper examined the initial response of the government and other humanitarian agencies to provide post cyclone relief and facilitate recovery. The paper also provides an overview of gaps and needs and provide recommendations to better address loss and damage from cyclones and other extreme events at the local level.

Citation

Shamsuddoha, M.; Mahmudul Islam; Mohammed Atikul Haque; Forruq Rahman, M.; Roberts, E.; Hasemann, A.; Roddick, S. Local Perspective on Loss and Damage in the Context of Extreme Events:Insights from Cyclone-affected Communities in Coastal Bangladesh. (2013) 28 pp.

Local Perspective on Loss and Damage in the Context of Extreme Events: Insights from Cyclone-affected Communities in Coastal Bangladesh

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