Today in disaster resilience (9 August 2019)

disasters

Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flood: Seven dead in Yola https://thenationonlineng.net/flood-seven-dead-in-yola/

Typhoon Wipha kills 5, leaves 13 missing in Vietnam https://www.gulf-times.com/story/638316/Typhoon-Wipha-kills-5-leaves-13-missing-in-Vietnam

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-manisa-province-june-2018

India – More Fatalities as Flooding Continues in Gujarat and Maharashtra http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-gujarat-maharashtra-august-2019

India – Over 17,000 Displaced as Godavari River Overflows in Andhra Pradesh http://floodlist.com/asia/india-godavari-river-flood-andhra-pradesh-august-2019

Sierra Leone – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Freetown http://floodlist.com/africa/sierra-leone-flash-floods-freetown-august-2019

Day zero approaches for Stanthorpe as locals face prospect of levy to cover cost of trucked-in water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-05/stanthorpe-drought-bites-as-town-runs-out-of-water/11381886?pfmredir=sm

Eruption at Sabancaya volcano ejects ash up to 9.4 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code Red, Peru https://watchers.news/2019/08/05/sabancaya-eruption-peru-august-5-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 dead, 3 missing in flash flood at Chinese scenic gorge http://www.arabnews.com/node/1535766/world

Nigeria – Deaths Reported as Floods Hit Eastern and Central Areas http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-abuja-august-2019

Floods hit North Karnataka as hundreds of families evacuated http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/aug/05/floods-hit-north-karnataka-as-hundreds-of-families-evacuated-2014116.html

Floods claim 531 lives, leave 655 000 displaced, India https://watchers.news/2019/08/06/floods-claim-531-lives-leave-655-000-displaced-india/

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Lombardy http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-evacuations-floods-landslides-lombardy-auguat-2019

Nepal – Deadly Landslide in Baglung http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-landslide-baglung-august-2019

Myanmar – More Flooding as Rivers Rise in Ayeyarwady, Mon and Kayin http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-flood-rivers-ayeyarwady-mon-kayin-august-2019

Sudan – 12 States Hit by Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-kassala-north-darfur-august-2019

Three Members Of A Family Killed In Rawalpindi Flash Floods https://92newshd.tv/three-members-of-a-family-killed-in-rawalpindi-flash-floods/#.XUtRy-gzaUk

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Siberian Wildfires and Heatwaves in Alaska: How the Arctic Is Nearing a Point of No Return https://time.com/5641751/arctic-wildfires-heatwaves-alaska-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Australia records third-hottest July https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/australia-records-third-hottest-july?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Nearly 100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt https://eos.org/articles/a-nearly-100-year-old-physics-model-replicates-modern-arctic-ice-melt

Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04082019/climate-change-ratings-agencies-financial-risk-cities-companies

July confirmed as hottest month recorded across the world https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/05/world/hottest-july-on-record-climate-sci-intl/index.html

Greenland ice sheet loses 11 billion tons of water in one day amid historic heat https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/amid-historic-heat-greenland-ice-sheet-loses-11/story?id=64737944

Climate Change to Cause Chaos in Africa, Warn Scientists https://www.voanews.com/africa/climate-change-cause-chaos-africa-warn-scientists

Arctic wildfires, hybrid embryos and record-breaking heatwave https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02305-0?

Record heatwave ‘made much more likely’ by human impact on climate https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/record-heatwave-made-much-more-likely-by-human-impact-on-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sea level rise began accelerating in the 1960s, researchers find https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-08-06/sea-level-rise-accelerated-sixties/11373830

Alaska’s sea ice has completely melted away https://mashable.com/article/alaska-sea-ice-melt-2019/

Just one in 20 Australian news stories about drought mention climate change https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/aug/02/just-one-in-20-australian-news-stories-about-drought-mention-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Increased shear in the North Atlantic upper-level jet stream over the past four decades https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1465-z

Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia’s stance on the climate crisis https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/06/asia/arctic-fires-russia-climate-change-intl/index.html

Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban “heat islands” https://www.axios.com/extreme-heat-cities-climate-change-strategies-0f090ff3-ba4f-45f8-b252-adf51e1ec161.html

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boston-adapting-rising-sea-level-coastal-flooding

 

Disaster risk reduction

Insurers reveal Townsville flood cost, warn region is ‘unprofitable’ https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/insurers-reveal-townsville-flood-cost-warn-region-is-unprofitable-20190804-p52do5

Study: El Niño has outsize economic effect on California https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/07/30/study-el-nio-has-outsized-economic-impact-california/?utm_term=.610e55e618f5

A new global map of freshwater hydrography may be the most accurate ever made—so precise scientists could use it to predict future flooding events around the world https://www.futurity.org/global-water-map-floods-rivers-lakes-2113702-2/

Mekong River Commission utilizes space technology to improve flood forecasting https://smartwatermagazine.com/news/servir-mekong/mekong-river-commission-utilizes-space-technology-improve-flood-forecasting

Tales of resilient cities https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/20resilient-cities

Articles on earthquake event that shocked the city of L’Aquila in April 2009 https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/28/iss/4

Even in cities, natural signs can warn of floods, researchers find http://news.trust.org/item/20190807120511-pi5mk/?source=gep

 

Emergency management

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/03/yazoo-backwater-mississippi-flooding-months

‘The dam very nearly went’: the scramble to save Whaley Bridge https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/05/whaley-bridge-dam-very-nearly-went?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Lessons Management Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/lessons-management-handbook/

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: research prototype report released https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-research-prototype-report-released

Roadmaps to safety and resilience in the Pacific https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/roadmaps-to-safety-and-resilience-in-the-pacific

First all-female hazard reduction burn with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/

Enhanced capacity to measure recovery https://www.aidr.org.au/news/enhanced-capacity-to-measure-recovery/

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities https://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2019/08/disabilities-accessibility-needs-natural-disaster-planning-california/158911/

We can’t stop Congo’s Ebola outbreak until communities lead the response https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2019/08/01/Ebola-outbreak-community-response-Congo?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic https://www.samatters.com/situational-awareness-complex-topic/

Satellites to the rescue after natural disasters https://spacenews.com/satellites-to-the-rescue-after-natural-disasters/

Year after floods, same status: Homeless and landless https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2019/08/06/idukki-deluge-diaries-subair-cheruthoni-river-kerala-floods.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

This new innovative education intervention enables children to engage with parents and build disaster resilient households http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2019/winning-disaster-preparedness

Who’s responsible for managing flood risk? https://thefloodhub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/UPDATED-POYNTON-Whos-responsible-for-managing-flood-risk_.pdf

 

Psychology and Disasters

What Drives People to Mass Shootings? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/mass-shootings-mental-health.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

 

Sociology and disasters

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience in the Ninth Ward https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334844676_Social_Capital_and_Disaster_Resilience_in_the_Ninth_Ward

Resource Loss and Psychosocial Stress in the Aftermath of the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority Coal Ash Spill https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334946273_Resource_Loss_and_Psychosocial_Stress_in_the_Aftermath_of_the_2008_Tennessee_Valley_Authority_Coal_Ash_Spill

Reliance of Government in times of Disaster https://books.google.co.jp/books?hl=en&lr=&id=wCCmDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA61&ots=eanTewtYi4&sig=pBmFGbd3LJffRx0hodrNLm0Yj6w&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

It’s time to stop treating the housing crisis and the climate crisis as two separate issues—and start designing solutions for both at once https://www.fastcompany.com/90386051/homelessness-is-already-a-crisis-but-climate-change-makes-it-much-worse

 

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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