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Rapid assessment on post-flood scenario at Aranmula Heritage Zone, Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 8, Issue (3), Pages 28-33, July,14 (2019)


Aranmula is acknowledged by the United Nations Development Programme as a Heritage Village due to uthirattathi snake boat raceand Aranmula metal mirror which are unique to this Village. The present rapid assessment was to understand impact on flood in Aranmula Heritage Zone and study carried out on the 1stand 2nd week of September 2018 after the flood in Kerala. A cross sectional survey design was carried out through a rapid assessment of Palliyodams (snake boats), traditional artisans, worship places, traditional houses etc. The participants or sites in the study consist of 52 Palliyodakaras (villages), 21 flood-affected Aranmula Mirror Artisans, traditional houses, around 50 worship places in the Aranmula Heritage Zone. Both qualitative and quantitative method was used for data collection and analysis. The study found that the flood creates huge damages to the livelihoods in the heritage sites. It has affected the Palliyodams, Palliyodapura (Boat Sheds), Adayabharanam (boat ornaments), Palliyoda nayambukal (rudder-oar) and Palliyodakkadavu (snake boat landing area). Majority of the Palliyodams need an overall maintenance and a little less than half of the Aranmula Mirror Artisans have lost materials during the flood. There is a need to revive the livelihood and heritage of the Aranmula people as well as promote and prevent the tangible and intangible culture through a comprehensive plan.


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