Principal Investigator: Simon Rushton. Lead Organisation: University of Sheffield
Co-investigators: Bhimsen Devkota; Sarita Panday; Martina McGuinness; Jonathan Mark Joseph; Jiban Kumar Karki; Julie Balen; Andrew Chee Keng Lee
For generations, cyclones and tidal surges have frequently devastated lives and property in coastal and island Bangladesh. This study explores vulnerability to cyclone hazards using firsthand coping recollections from prior to, during and after these events. Qualitative field data suggest that, beyond extreme cyclone forces, localised vulnerability is defined in terms of response processes, infrastructure, socially uneven exposure, settlement development patterns, and livelihoods. Prior to cyclones, religious activities increase and people try to save food and valuable possessions.