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Baseline Survey on the Innovative DRR Project

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The study reveals that the majority of respondents in the region are male, aged 17–35, with no formal education and various jobs, with agriculture being the primary occupation. The area is vulnerable to natural hazards, with 79.2% of respondents living in metal sheds. The majority of respondents are students, with housewives accounting for 22.3% of their households. The region experiences seasonal or flash floods, with 71.5% recovering within three to six months. Despite the importance of disaster preparedness, 84.7% of locals did not receive early warning signals before a tragedy struck. 67.2% of respondents do not use coping mechanisms during times of tragedy. Family preparedness during disasters is lacking, with 75.3% feeling less equipped due to financial problems and a lack of capable family members. 86.7% of respondents lack knowledge about disaster risk reduction (DRR). The study team in Tahirpur learned about disaster preparation, sanitation facilities, emergency response, early warning systems, youth clubs, and alternative income generation. They recommended education on latrines, tube wells, safe drinking water, early warning systems, and financial support for vulnerable communities. Training in alternative livelihood options could help alleviate suffering.