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Floods, Ecology and Cultural Adaptation in Lakhimpur District, Assam

  • Ngamjahao Kipgen
  • Dhiraj Pegu
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Abstract

Recurrent floods, erosion and siltation on their agricultural land have affected the lives and livelihoods of the communities inhabiting the Brahmaputra floodplains in Assam State. The study identifies and analysed the determinants of the problems and captures the vulnerability of the locals that is the occurrence of floods, adaption capacity and adaption mechanism, and sources of livelihood of the Mising community in Lakhimpur district, Assam. The study discusses the adaptive mechanisms and the changing cultural trends of the Mising community as a result of changing landscape in the region. For instance, through this study it was found that most of the people affected by the flood have been resettled and relocated over six to seven times from their original location. Since, they do not have any land holdings for agricultural activities which were their primary occupation, now they are forced to other occupations putting them in a more vulnerable situation. This empirical study was conducted in Matmora and Laiphulia villages during November 2014 to April 2015.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ngamjahao Kipgen
    • 1
  • Dhiraj Pegu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiKamrupIndia

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