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Disaster and Gender : Impact of Super Cyclone on Life and Livelihood of Women

Mamata Swain; Mrutyunjay Swain and Ranju Hasini Sahoo

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ISBN 10: 8183870279 / ISBN 13: 9788183870276
Published by Serials Pub, New Delhi, 2006
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Contents Foreword. preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Incidence of cyclone in Orissa and state action. 3. The 1999 super cyclone. 4. About affected study villages. 5. About affected women. 6. Impact on life and livelihood of women. 7. Rescue and relief measures. 8. Conclusions and policy implications. Bibliography. Acronyms. Index. Orissa has been a place of frequent visitation on natural calamities like flood cyclone and drought with devastating consequences on its economy and society. The recurrent occurrence of these climate induced natural disasters and lack of proper preparedness and mitigation measures have resulted in unexpected misfortunes causing colossal loss of life property and social networks. However different types of natural calamities have differential impacts on different strata of society. Such variations in impacts and recovery patterns adopted by different vulnerable survivors are more pronounced when the intensity of natural disaster is more. The super cyclone that hit the coastal Orissa on October 29 30 1999 was one of the most violent and devastating disasters that Orissa has ever experienced and its effects were widespread and distinct on different social strata. This book analyses the immediate and short term impacts of super cyclone of 1999 on different aspects of life and livelihood of women who are considered as the most numerous vulnerable segment of a society. The study analyses different aspects of impact assessment that include health nutrition drinking water availability sanitation and other activities of women centering household management the extent of psychological trauma and other post traumatic stress disorders reflected in life processes of women disruption in socio cultural practices and loss of asset income and employment. The coping responses of different category of women in the aftermath of super cyclone are also analysed. The effectiveness of relief and rehabilitation assistance provided by different governmental non governmental and charitable organisations to help the affected women to cope with the immediate post cyclone situations is also examined. The study concludes that continuing absence of gender focus in disaster management especially in relief interventions reinforces gender and class biases. At the same time disaster sometimes not only produces disruptive and disorganising effects but also generates reconstructive and regenerative human responses which help in creating a more equitable society. Hence there is a need to create gender awareness among policy makers civil society organisations donor agencies and those working to protect people from the effects of disasters to understand women's vulnerabilities and use disaster management efforts to enhance their capacities to establish a gender equal society. 230 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 60470

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Publisher: Serials Pub, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2006

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