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Vulnerability Aspects of Urban Flooding: A Review


Shrutidhara Kashyap and Ratul Mahanta



The Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2018, Volume : 14, Issue : 3
First page : ( 578) Last page : ( 586)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2018.00175.0

Vulnerability aspects of urban flooding: A review

Kashyap Shrutidhara1,*, Mahanta Ratul2
1Ph. D. Research Scholar, Department of Economics, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014 (Assam)

2Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014 (Assam)

*Corresponding author’s email:

JELCodes O13, Q01, Q54, Q56.

Online published on 27 September, 2018.


The paper attempts to summarise different works on vulnerability aspects (physical and social) of urban flooding carried out by earlier researchers. Like any hazard, flood vulnerability too is determined by the exposure, sensitivity and coping capacities by affected agents. The nexus between economic development and urban flooding is an essential component of vulnerability. The literature revealed that as economic development occurs, unplanned urbanization in absence of adequate institutional mechanism was detrimental to frequent occurrences of floods in urban centres. The causal factors, impacts, methodological aspects are integrated which will provide a basis for designing flood management.



Economic development, physical vulnerability, social vulnerability, urban flooding, vulnerability.

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