Flood Loss Redistribution in a Third World Megacity: The Case of Mumbai

  • Monalisa ChatterjeeEmail author
Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 5)


Loss redistribution2 is an embedded coping3 mechanism that plays a significant role in sustaining low income populations during times of crisis. Mumbai provides evidence of existing and emerging loss redistribution practices that may be representative of slums in many other Third World mega cities. In Mumbai slum, populations typically have access to more than one method of loss redistribution, depending on a variety of socio-economic factors, to assist in the recovery process after floods. The study identifies these socio- economic factors that impact the type and number of sources available to affected households and in turn also serve as an indicator of resilience in these communities.


Religious Organization Informal Establishment Slum Dweller Flood Vulnerability Economic Assistance 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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