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Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

On-line version ISSN 1996-1421
Print version ISSN 2072-845X


AKSA, Furqan I.  and  AFRIAN, Ramdan. Community adaptation strategies toward tidal flood: A Case study in Langsa, Indonesia. Jàmbá [online]. 2022, vol.14, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 1996-1421.

Flood risk reduction in Indonesia is primarily still focused on structural measures with limited research assessing community adaptation strategies. The response and adaptation strategies carried out by the community have been recognized as playing an important role in planning future mitigation actions. Community adaptation strategies are key factors in disaster risk reduction. This study aimed to determine the responses and adaptation strategies to manage tidal floods by the coastal community of Langsa City. An in-depth interview with village heads and officials, youth leaders and the community was performed to generate data. The results showed that the local community ignored the dangers of tidal floods and disregarded them as life-threatening. Furthermore, they carried out adaptations, such as raising the house level using wood materials and building dams along the coastline autonomously without government intervention. The adaptations were carried out through communal work referred to as 'gotong royong' (mutual cooperation). CONTRIBUTION: These findings highlight the importance of 'gotong royong' as social capital in disaster risk reduction and government attention to conduct integrated coastal area management

Keywords : hazard; disaster; community responses; tidal floods; adaption.

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