Flooding in Informal Communities: Residents’ Response Strategies to Flooding and Their Sustainability Implications in Old Fadama, Accra

Matthew Abunyewah, Seth Asare Okyere, Stephen Kofi Diko, Michihiro Kita, Michael Odei Erdiaw-Kwasie, Thayaparan Gajendran

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    Abstract

    Flood vulnerabilities and eviction threats are challenges informal settlement residents encounter in urban Africa. Although recent literature posits emerging residents’ coping and adaptive capacity to flooding, research on African cities is scarce. To address such a knowledge gap, this chapter explores micro-level flood response strategies in Old Fadama-one of Ghana’s informal settlements-and their sustainability implications of providing residents with long-term relief from flood vulnerabilities. Findings reveal that residents’ awareness and experience with floods have led to some individual and community-level responses. Nonetheless, perennial flooding in the community is indicative of the limits of such response strategies in tackling flood vulnerability. This situation is compounded by local government threats of evictions after flood disasters. Together, these undermine the sustainability of residents emerging coping and adaptive capacities. This chapter, therefore, argues for an integrated community-based urban flood management approach that engages informal settlement residents’ response strategies and their socio-ecological circumstances to provide sustainable pathways to traverse their flood vulnerabilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDisaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
    Subtitle of host publicationDisaster Risk Management Strategies
    EditorsSaeid Eslamian, Faezeh Eslamian
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter18
    Pages435-461
    Number of pages27
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030721961
    ISBN (Print)9783030721954
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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