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COASTAL COMMUNITIES COULD SURVIVE IN CYCLONE: A CASE STUDY ON WATER GYPSY (BEDE)

Publication Date - 2014-01-01 00:00:00

Publication Title : COASTAL COMMUNITIES COULD SURVIVE IN CYCLONE: A CASE STUDY ON WATER GYPSY (BEDE)

Publicationed By : Mr. Raman Kumar Biswas

Publication Publication Date : 2014-01-01 00:00:00

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Water gypsy usually known as Bede or Bedey is a nomadic racial community of Bangladesh ancestrally lives, travels and earns their livings on the river. Generally they live on a flat platform alongside of river. But residing in the boat is their inherited tradition. Majority of the Bedes rely on snake related trading, lucky heathers and also sell herbal medicines for their livelihoods support. Neglecting hundreds of hostilities of nature they come out in search of their livings. As they mainly resided in the boat and embankment of the river and also waterways is the main communication system therefore they get easily affected by devastating cyclone. The coastal bedes’ perception, prediction and survival strategies against cyclone are area of interest in this paper. The aims of the study are to find out the perception and prediction indicators used by the Bede people during cyclones; examine their survival strategies at the face and pace of cyclones; assess the problems they frequently face for being a marginalized group of the society; and highlight important findings that can be used by the disaster management programmers/planners of NGOs and GO line agencies. The study mostly relied upon qualitative data and information with the close accordance of objectives. Relevant information on the concerned issue has been collected through in-depth, key informant interviews and group discussions with the Bede people were also carried out. Primary data and information collected through questionnaire have been summarized and analysed for the purpose of the study. The key finding of the study includes survival strategies and relies upon cumulative …



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