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HUMAN-ENVIRONMENTAL RELATIONS: PRE & POST FLOOD CONDITIONS AND ITS HEALTH IMPLICATIONS IN AGADAMA COMMUNITY, DELTA STATE NIGERIA
International Journal of Health and Social Inquiry (2014)
  • Blessing Onyima, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria
Abstract
The human-environmental relations is an intricate one as evident in the 2012 flood that lasted
for three months in Nigeria and it was not without some indelible effects and changes in the life
style and culture of communities inundated by the flood. Agadama is an agrarian coastal
community in Uwheru clan, Ughelli North LGA, Delta state, in the oil rich Niger Delta region of
Nigeria. The community had its own share of the devastating flood incidence and since then had
not remained the same again. This is a qualitative study which employed ethnographic methods
of data collection - Key Informant Interview (KII), Participant observation and In-depth
Interview (IDI), adopting a purely descriptive method of analysis. The study reveals the interplay
between human-environmental relations. There is also an alteration in their traditional way of life
and the entire socio-cultural milieu. Uncontrollable environmental changes/hazards which the
people were unprepared for, steered up drastic change in behavior, social structure and general
cultural practices, no matter how autochthonous these practices may have been. Flexibility of the
people’s culture was an adaptive strategy against the rampaging flood. The marginal status of
most flooded rural communities led to complete or partial collapse of their subsistence base,
especially for those operating an agricultural local economy.
Keywords
  • Flood,
  • Environment,
  • adaptation,
  • cultural changes,
  • health.
Publication Date
January 16, 2014
Citation Information
Blessing Onyima. "HUMAN-ENVIRONMENTAL RELATIONS: PRE & POST FLOOD CONDITIONS AND ITS HEALTH IMPLICATIONS IN AGADAMA COMMUNITY, DELTA STATE NIGERIA" International Journal of Health and Social Inquiry Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 118 - 132 ISSN: ISSN 2360-7610
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/blessing-onyima/9/