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Journal cover: Disaster Prevention and Management

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Flood disaster management in Malaysia: an evaluation of the effectiveness of government resettlement schemes


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Title:Flood disaster management in Malaysia: an evaluation of the effectiveness of government resettlement schemes
Author(s):Ngai Weng Chan, (Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, Enfield, UK. He is now based at the school of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.)
Citation:Ngai Weng Chan, (1995) "Flood disaster management in Malaysia: an evaluation of the effectiveness of government resettlement schemes", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 4 Iss: 4, pp.22 - 29
Keywords:Disasters, Floods, Hazards, Malaysia, Relocation
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/09653569510093405 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:In disaster management, relocation/resettlement is more often seen as the worst option as it gives the impression that nothing else can be done about the hazard and people have to be moved. Relocation is unpopular, as plans to relocate entire communities are costly, mainly because of the need to acquire alternative locations and the provision of housing for those resettled. More significantly, at least on the part of those being relocated, it provokes social disruption and upheaval when people are bundled into an alien environment. Notwithstanding the influence of structural/societal forces, people are also reluctant to be relocated far from relatives, friends and their place of work (or schools in the case of children). Examines the effectiveness of government-run permanent relocation schemes as a response to flood hazards in Malaysia.



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