Population displacement after the 2007 floods in Kingston-upon-Hull, England

Milojevic, A; Kovats, S; Leonardi, G; Murray, V; Nye, M; Wilkinson, P; (2014) Population displacement after the 2007 floods in Kingston-upon-Hull, England. Journal of Flood Risk Management. ISSN 1753-318X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12111

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Flooding can result in the temporary or permanent displacement of affected populations from their homes. Not only is this displacement an important factor determining health and social impacts, but it has bearing on the monitoring of such impacts. We present descriptive analyses of data from the 2007 floods of Kingston-upon-Hull, UK, which quantify the frequency, timing and duration of household displacements. Very high proportions (59%) of flooded households were displaced, though many displacements did not begin until several months after flooding. Twelve percent of displaced households remained out of their homes for longer than a year, a further 5% for more than two years. These figures suggest that linkages between a flood incident, flood impacts and then recovery might not always follow a neat linear progression, which has important implications for epidemiological research design as well as flood risk management plans. This is the first reported investigation on population displacement after the flood event in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: flooddisplacementhealth impactsepidemiologyEngland
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1620492


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