Characteristics of Vulnerability

Vulnerability is:

1. Multi-dimensional:
One of the characterisitcs of vulnerability is that it is multi-dimensional, that is it can be categorized as physical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and even human factors can define vulnerability

2. Dynamic:
Vulnerability changes over time and from one disaster to another disaster.


Types of Vulnerabilities in Disaster Management

A set of prevailing conditions which adversely affect the community’s ability to prevent, mitigate, prepare for or respond to a hazard. Absence of coping strategies is also a part of vulnerability and has to be considered in vulnerability assessment e.g. living in hazard prone locations like near to a sea or river, above the fault lines, at the base of a mountain etc


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