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Post Disaster Livelihood Insecurity and Coping Strategies: The Case of Thane Cyclone Affected Cashew Plantation Farmers

Indian Journal of Sustainable Development

Volume 2 Issue 2

Published: 2016
Author(s) Name: Rakesh S., Bindiya Narang | Author(s) Affiliation: Jamia Millia Islamia (Central) University, New Delhi, India
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Abstract

Natural disasters have continued to take a toll on the lives and livelihoods of people since eons. The strongest tropical cyclone of 2011 named Thane, severely wreaked havoc in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu, causing extensive damage to cashew plantations and consequently disrupting the means of survival of several small and marginal farmers. The foregoing paper presents the case of such farmers in the Meliruppu village in Panruti Block of the said district. It endeavors to capture the post disaster livelihood insecurity among the cashew farming households and adoption of specific coping strategies to tide over the resultant distress. The study further contemplates suggestions for the effective recovery and resurrection of livelihoods of the affected populace.

Keywords: Cyclone, Livelihood Security, Cashew Plantations, Disaster

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