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The Paradox of Perception and Knowledge of Flood Victims towards Flood Causes

Version 1 : Received: 31 January 2017 / Approved: 1 February 2017 / Online: 1 February 2017 (10:39:55 CET)

How to cite: Shaharudin, M.; Nik Ab Rahman, N.N.; Syakir, M.; Tajul Arifin, M.; Ab Kadir, M.O. The Paradox of Perception and Knowledge of Flood Victims towards Flood Causes. Preprints 2017, 2017020001 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201702.0001.v1). Shaharudin, M.; Nik Ab Rahman, N.N.; Syakir, M.; Tajul Arifin, M.; Ab Kadir, M.O. The Paradox of Perception and Knowledge of Flood Victims towards Flood Causes. Preprints 2017, 2017020001 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201702.0001.v1).

Abstract

This study aims to unravel the paradox of perceptions and knowledge of the flood victims towards the causes of the disaster in both internal and external context. Internal context comprises of a comparison of perceptions and knowledge based on individual characteristics (age, gender, education and income). Whereas, the external context includes the factors of the awareness of the victims towards the amount of rainfall, the impact of land use changes as well as the negligence of the responsible parties. The main objective of this study is to determine the differences of perception and knowledge of December 2014 flood victims in Kelantan towards the factors that lead to the flood. This disaster had resulted in huge amount of money loss as well as traumatize the victims in which can be felt to this day. Since that incident, there were various points of view and different perceptions in finding the cause of the disaster occurred. Besides that, the study found that the level of perception and knowledge as to the cause of the disaster is different in the internal context (individual characteristics). This difference has a significant influence on the awareness of the causes of the floods that occurred in the external context. Significant relationships at the level of p <0.05 has existed between perception and knowledge of the causes of the disaster victims affected by environmental changes in the last 10 years. This indicates that although the victim is aware of the physical environment changes happening around them, but all that is seen as not a major contributing factor to the cause of the floods in Kelantan in 2014.

Subject Areas

Floods; victims; perception and knowledge; individual characteristic

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