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    Ferdous, Md Ruknul
    et al.
    IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, NL-2611 AX Delft, Netherlands;Univ Amsterdam, Fac Social & Behav Sci, NL-1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Wesselink, Anna
    IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, NL-2611 AX Delft, Netherlands.
    Brandimarte, Luigia
    KTH, Dept Sustainable Dev Environm Sci & Engn, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Slager, Kymo
    Deltares, NL-2600 MH Delft, Netherlands.
    Zwarteveen, Margreet
    IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, NL-2611 AX Delft, Netherlands;Univ Amsterdam, Fac Social & Behav Sci, NL-1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Di Baldassarre, Giuliano
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, NL-2611 AX Delft, Netherlands;CNDS, Ctr Nat Hazards & Disaster Sci, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden.
    The Costs of Living with Floods in the Jamuna Floodplain in Bangladesh2019In: Water, ISSN 2073-4441, E-ISSN 2073-4441, Vol. 11, no 6, article id 1238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bangladeshi people use multiple strategies to live with flooding events and associated riverbank erosion. They relocate, evacuate their homes temporarily, change cropping patterns, and supplement their income from migrating household members. In this way, they can reduce the negative impact of floods on their livelihoods. However, these societal responses also have negative outcomes, such as impoverishment. This research collects quantitative household data and analyzes changes of livelihood conditions over recent decades in a large floodplain area in north-west Bangladesh. It is found that while residents cope with flooding events, they do not achieve successful adaptation. With every flooding, people lose income and assets, which they can only partially recover. As such, they are getting poorer, and therefore less able to make structural adjustments that would allow adaptation in the longer term.

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