Living with floods: Victims' perceptions in Beijiang, Guangdong, China

Kenneth K K WONG*, X. Zhao

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study revealed the collective values of the flood victims in the Beijiang area, Guangdong, China, as a result of a hazardous flood in 1994. The victims were sceptical of large flood-prevention engineering structures. They believed that flooding was unavoidable, but by extending support networks, applying hazard-resistant designs, and developing loss-sharing adjustments the disastrous effects of a flood could be mitigated. Seemingly, victims were prepared to live with floods and adopted functional adjustments to lessen flood impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-201
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

User-Defined Keywords

  • Beijiang
  • China
  • Flood prevention measures
  • Flood victims
  • Functional adjustments
  • Sustainable floodplain development


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