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Gender stereotypes put women more at risk during disasters

Chennai: When a disaster strikes, casualties among women and girls are reportedly higher than among men and boys. This finding was the highlight of a panel discussion here on 'Crisis and Gender' with experts from across the country.

"In Cuddalore, during the 2004 tsunami, the number of women dead was 12 times more than that of the men," said gender and disaster expert Chaman Pincha adding the deaths of transgenders were not recorded. The reasons for lower survival rates among women range from socio-cultural restrictions to lack of protection and insufficient medical and child care support in rehabilitation camps.

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