The impact of income disparity on vulnerability and information collection: an analysis of the 2011 Thai Flood

M. Henry, A. Kawasaki, I. Takigawa, K. Meguro

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Abstract

The impact of income disparity on vulnerability and information collection during the 2011 Thai Flood was examined through a survey investigation. Lower-income respondents were found to have been more likely to be inundated by the flood than higher-income respondents because of the location of their residences, and lower-income respondents whose residences flooded were also less likely to have evacuated. Television was widely used, regardless of income level, but lower-income respondents tended to also utilise lower-technology modes, such as radios and loudspeakers, in contrast to the Internet-based modes used by higher-income respondents. Lower-income respondents also tended to be less aware of the government hotline; however, those that were aware of it were more likely to find it useful. Overall, while income was a good predictor of people's flood vulnerability, it was not the best predictor for media usage; other demographic characteristics, such as education level and age, should also be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-348
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Flood Risk Management
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep

Keywords

  • Age
  • education
  • evacuation
  • flooding
  • income
  • information dissemination
  • media use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Water Science and Technology

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