Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 453

Assessment of Vulnerability to Floods in Coastal Odisha:
A District-Level Analysis

Niranjan Padhan
S Madheswaran



The study deals with the assessment of flood vulnerability in Coastal districts of Odisha by adopting an integrated approach based on the factors (exposure, susceptibility and resilience) and domains (socio, economic, environmental and physical dimensions) of vulnerability. Both deductive and inductive methods have been adopted for the selection of proxy indicators from each of the domains of vulnerability. Based on the result of sub-indices of each domains, composite flood vulnerability index (FVI) has been developed to identify the intensity of vulnerability among the concerned districts of the state. From the analysis, Kendrapara district emerged as most vulnerable district and Cuttack the least vulnerable among the six coastal districts of the state.

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