Do Disasters Discriminate? An Analysis of Economic Loss Incurred in Uttarakhand Disaster 2013 for Different Social Groups

Siba Sankar Mohanty
Journal article Economic Affairs • March 2019

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Abstract

From many counts, the natural disaster in Uttarakhand caused by torrential rains in 2013 that had drawn serious attention of policymakers needs an appropriate framework of analysis to account the economic losses incurred. More so because such losses have several implications for the growth of the regional economy on account of its inter-linkages in the production, consumption and distribution processes. The present study adopts a loss assessment framework in four hard hit districts of Uttarakhand and assesses the economic loss of affected districts through both direct and indirect economic loss assessment methods. Apart from this, the present study has tried to capture the gender and the caste differentiated impact of disasters in case of Uttarakhand, to identify the most vulnerable sections and to suggest appropriate measures to reduce their vulnerability in the event of a disaster.JEL Classification – A1, C4, C8, D6, Q0

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