Natural Hazards

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 1119–1126 | Cite as

Behavior of crossing flood on foot, associated risk factors and estimating a predictive model

  • Hamidreza Shabanikiya
  • Hesam SeyedinEmail author
  • Hamid Haghani
  • Abbasali Ebrahimian
Original Paper


Crossing the flood on foot is one of the two major causes of flood-related death. This study was aimed to determine risk factors associated with risky behavior of crossing the flood on foot and modeling behavior of people when exposed to the flood. Data were gathered by a questionnaire in Quchan, a city of Iran. People with the age of 18–35 years old, those who do not take flood warnings seriously, individuals who do not have experience of exposure to flood and those who believe they have moderate to advanced level of swimming skills were identified as high risk groups. Appropriate group training programs can be set for them to reduce risky behavior of crossing the flood on foot.


Crossing on foot Risk behavior Flood Iran 



This research has been supported by School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hamidreza Shabanikiya
    • 1
  • Hesam Seyedin
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hamid Haghani
    • 3
  • Abbasali Ebrahimian
    • 1
  1. 1.Health in Emergencies and Disasters, School of Health Management and Information SciencesIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  2. 2.Health Management and Economics Research Center, School of Health Management and Information SciencesIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.Statistics Department, School of Health Management and Information SciencesIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran

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