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“Flooding in the suburbs of Dakar: Impacts on the assets and adaptation strategies developed by households or communities”

ABSTRACT: Since 2005, Senegal has experienced severe and recurrent flooding. In Pikine, the most populous suburb of Dakar, the 2009 floods affected a third of the population. The government mobilized major investment for drainage and water retention infrastructure, as well as for development of resettlement sites for affected households. However, little is known about those are affected are managed, their needs and the answers proposed to them. To address this gap we examine the experiences of people living in the commune of Yeumbeul Nord in the city of Pikine around the flood events of 2005, 2009 and 2012. In response to flood hazard and its impact, local residents developed a set of actions to preserve their housing, workplace, goods, family health and security, and children’s schooling. Household mobilization was focused on flood water management and physical adaptations, including raising septic tanks and toilets. Affected households preferred the strategy of housing upgrading and neighbourhood improvement over the option of resettlement.

Auteur(s) : Omar Cissé, Moustapha Séye
Pages : pp. 183–204
Année de publication : 2015
Revue : Environment & Urbanization Copyright © 2015 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
N° de volume : Vol 28(1):
Type : Article
Mise en ligne par : SEYE Moustapha