Which is riskier: life on the floodplain or in housing imposed from above? The case of flood-prone areas in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

Which is riskier: life on the floodplain or in housing imposed from above? The case of flood-prone areas in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

Author: 
de Almeida Neto, Domingos José
Publisher: 
SAGE Publications
Date published: 
2016
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Responsibility: 
Heller, Léo, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Environment and Urbanization
Source: 
Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 28, No. 1, April 2016, pp. 169-182
Abstract: 

Poor communities living in areas at high risk of flooding are often considered by authorities to be victims of their own ?choice? in locating their dwellings in such areas. Instead of the government contributing to improving their resilience, the situation can become a way to justify the people?s relocation to areas not susceptible to flooding. The dynamics of living in flood-prone areas are examined here in the context of the Baixada da Habitasa and Seis de Agosto districts in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. Analysis of documents and semi-structured interviews with managers and with inhabitants of the districts under study, obtained soon after the last flood (April/May 2014), provide the basis of this study. Situations where people face up to the floods and reject removal to temporary shelters (or the temporary payment of a monthly sum as rent) are explored. This resistance to relocation can be seen even when the state proposes their transfer to permanent housing.

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CITATION: de Almeida Neto, Domingos José. Which is riskier: life on the floodplain or in housing imposed from above? The case of flood-prone areas in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil . : SAGE Publications , 2016. Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 28, No. 1, April 2016, pp. 169-182 - Available at: http://library.au.int/which-riskier-life-floodplain-or-housing-imposed-above-case-flood-prone-areas-rio-branco-acre-braz-1