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Title: Living with the politics of floods
Researcher: Das Arpita
Guide(s): Jha Manish K
Keywords: Flood, Flood Control, Flood Management and Brahmaputra.
Upload Date: 20-Jun-2014
University: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Completed Date: n.d.
Abstract: Events caused by natural forces or natural disasters as these are more commonly known newlineaccount for major destruction the world over. The past year of 2012 witnessed an newlineestimated 32.4 million across the world being affected by floods, earthquakes, cyclones, newlinetropical storms and forest fires; 98% of which were weather-related1. Natural disasters in that newlinesense are ubiquitous. Of all the physical, geological and natural phenomena that affect the earth, newlinefloods are the most widespread. There is no place in the world which has never experienced a newlinesingle event of flooding. Floods are so intertwined with human history that myths about floods newlineabound in all civilisations. Ubiquitous as they are, floods can however be classified depending newlineon their occurrence. In some regions of the world characterised by heavy, albeit seasonal newlinerainfall like the monsoons in the Indian subcontinent, cyclone-prone coastal areas, or in newlinemajor river valleys, floods are a regular occurrence. Floods in this case, then, are perennial newlinein nature. This perennial nature ensures some sort of predictability to the event. People newlineliving in such areas are equipped with a degree of preparedness such that they are not newlinecaught unawares. However, floods in such and other areas can also be episodic. Floods newlinecan be both normal and pathological if understood within the context of the ubiquitous nature newlineof this hydrological phenomenon. But the dominant understanding and discourse on floods is newlineoften polarised. Governments and policy makers often adopt a lens to look at floods as newlineunexpected, and almost always destructive. Their emphasis is primarily on macro level and newlinetechnical solutions to control floods. This is demonstrated by policies on flood control which newlineaim at controlling rivers, construction of embankments and dams on the river with far reaching newlineimplications for people living in flood prone areas and often away from them. Floods are newlineportrayed in official parlance more as a pathological than a normal phenomenon. newline
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