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Disaster Risk at the Margins: Homelessness, Vulnerability, and Hazards

Vicky Walters, J.C. Gaillard
Habitat International

July 2, 2014

This paper raises issues regarding disaster risk at the margins and the linkages between homelessness, vulnerability and hazards. It draws on a scoping study conducted in Delhi, India in 2013. Field research entailed focus group discussions and interviews with homeless people across eleven locations in the city, site observations as well as discussions with the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). The study focuses on the linkages between the multi-faceted marginalization of homeless people and their various vulnerabilities to disaster associated with both everyday small-scale hazards and large-scale natural hazards.


Habitat International Homelessness Vulnerability and Hazards