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Prioritizing critical factors of floods in Kedah using pairwise comparison approach

Abd Azis, Nur Ili Rifhan and Lamsali, Hendrik (2017) Prioritizing critical factors of floods in Kedah using pairwise comparison approach. In: Symposium on Technology Management & Logistics (STML–Go Green) 2016, 6th - 7th December 2016, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia.

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In recent years, flood is one of the most frequent natural disasters impacting Kedah, a northern state in Malaysia famously known as the rice bowl of the nation.Kedah is the largest local supplier of rice production in Malaysia. It is also famous for its tourism industry.However, some parts of the state, if not all, had been affected by floods every year albeit various mitigation efforts by the authorities. Finding causes, both main and peripherals, is therefore essential to find better solution.Hence, this study aims to determine main causes of floods in Kedah.In doing so, the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method is employed in which pairwise questionnaire is developed and distributed to selected respondents. Findings show that human factors are perceived to be more critical than natural causes.Overall, respondents had also identified poor drainage system as the most critical causes of floods in Kedah followed by blocking of water channels and improper land use.Findings from this study can potentially be used by relevant authorities such as the irrigation department as well as local councils to minimize probability of floods from happening.In all, the study can be improved further by increasing the number of expert respondents from various parties in Kedah.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0910-37-6 Organized by: School of Technology Management & Logistics, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kedah, disaster, floods, causes, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: School of Technology Management & Logistics
Depositing User: Dr. Hendrik Lamsali
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 09:30
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/22709

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