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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs11
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Prof.
NAKAGAWA Hajime
(Research Center for Fluvial and Coastal Disasters, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Research Institutions in Japan Kyoto University / University of Tokyo / Nagasaki University / Kochi University
Research Institutions in Bangladesh Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), etc.
Adoption fiscal year FY 2013
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country People's Republic of Bangladesh
General Description of the Research Project

Investigate measures using Japanese science and technology to prevent or mitigate flood and storm surge damage
Bangladesh suffers significant damage due to flooding and storm surges, and this exacerbates poverty, further reducing the ability to counter such damage and generating a downward spiral. Preventing and mitigating damage is an urgent task. This project is attempting to produce flood and storm surge hazard maps, to propose measures to reduce damage from riverbank erosion and levee collapse, to develop warning and evacuation systems, and to work on predicting and taking action against flood-driven dispersal of harmful substances. The aim is to construct resilient local communities.

Learn resilience and disaster prevention to escape from the spiral of disaster and poverty
Progress in this project will enable the authorities to incorporate scientifically grounded recommendations into their measures and plans. It is hoped that enhancing local ability to survey, analyze, and predict flood and storm surge damage will result in communities with local disaster prevention capabilities that are resilient to disasters. That would make it possible to break the disaster-poverty spiral.

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Surveys using interviews in a Hindu community (Arpangsia in Khulna District)

Surveys using interviews in a Hindu community (Arpangsia in Khulna District)

Poor polder drainage and sedimentation resulted in inundation up to the levels of discoloration on the buildings (Kapotakho in Khulna District)

Poor polder drainage and sedimentation resulted in inundation up to the levels of discoloration on the buildings (Kapotakho in Khulna District)

Levees are eroded and farmland is lost as the Jamuna River changes its course (Break in the Chondonbaisha levee at Sariakandi)

Levees are eroded and farmland is lost as the Jamuna River changes its course (Break in the Chondonbaisha levee at Sariakandi)

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