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'Like the Drifting Grains of Sand': Vulnerability, Security and Adjustment by Communities in the Charlands of the Damodar River, India

Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala; Samanta, Gopa


Charlands are islands formed in major river systems particularly in the flat deltaic plains such as those in the Bengal delta in eastern India and Bangladesh. The charlands in the lower reaches of the Damodar River in India are prone to frequent floods, shifting river channels and consequent riverbank erosion. In spite of these risks posed by the environment, migrant communities from Bihar and Bangladesh settle in the charlands because the soils are fertile, and because being untitled, they are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: South Asia-Journal of South Asia Studies
DOI: 10.1080/00856400701499268


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