Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 255

Survival and Resilience of Two Village Communities in
Coastal Orissa: A Comparison of Coping with Disasters

Priya Gupta


The crucial element in a disaster is the human component. In this paper, this human factor is discussed with reference to a group’s vulnerability, which is a concomitant of certain important attributes such as the occupation/livelihood of a group. However, when a community or a group manages to survive disasters despite their vulnerabilities, it calls for a discussion on the various processes of resilience and coping that enabled their survival.

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