On Flood Occurrence and the Provision of Safe Drinking Water in Developing Countries

11 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2001

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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Developing countries in South Asia and elsewhere are frequently ravaged by floods. An important part of most flood management programs is the provision of safe drinking water (SDW) to prevent the spread of diseases. How should a government agency that is interested in distributing SDW to flood victims, go about its task? Further, how might this agency maximize the net social benefit from the provision of SDW? Finally, given that SDW is a particularly scarce commodity in a flood situation, how likely is it that this agency will be unable to meet the stochastic demand for SDW? In this paper, we use queuing theory to shed light on these three questions regarding the disbursement of SDW to flood victims.

Keywords: Developing Country, Flood, Safe Drinking Water, Queuing Theory

JEL Classification: Q25, D81

Suggested Citation

Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., On Flood Occurrence and the Provision of Safe Drinking Water in Developing Countries. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=292439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.292439

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