Today in disaster resilience (25 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Floods leave hundreds homeless in eastern Uganda

About 20 people have died following heavy rains across Kenya for several days

Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October

Nearly 200 000 displaced as unprecedented flooding hits South Sudan

At least 28 killed, 286 homes destroyed as severe flooding hits Upper East Region, Ghana

Uganda – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions

Russia – Deadly Floods After Dam Collapse in Krasnoyarsk

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Forest fires rage through Lebanon

Fires burn across Southern California as dangerous winds continue through Friday

Italy – Flash Floods and Landslides After 250mm of Rain in 12 Hours

Vietnam – Deadly Floods in Central Provinces

Australia heading for hottest October day in years as bushfire risk escalates

Egypt – Heavy Rain Causes Flood Chaos in Cairo

Spain – Deadly Floods in Catalonia After 287mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Somalia – Over 70,000 Displaced as Rivers Overflow

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 5 Dead

India – Deadly Floods in Karnataka After Days of Heavy Rain

Tornado sweeps through East Java, killing one and displacing thousands, Indonesia

Bourke heads list of at-risk towns as agencies scramble for water supplies

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Reventador, Pavlof

Kincade fire: Evacuations ordered for all Geyserville

Thirst turns to anger as Australia’s mighty river runs dry

Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy

8 dead in Egypt after chaotic day of heavy rains, flooding

Flood claims lives of two children in Ondo

Central African Republic – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Rivers


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why do people still think climate change isn’t real?

NT traditional owners urge climate change policy makers to witness mangrove devastation

The culprit behind east Australia’s big dry

What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100

Europe’s Mightiest Glaciers Are Melting

When Rising Seas Hit Home: An Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists

Australia is the only country using carryover climate credits, officials admit

How Hurricane Katrina and the murder of Emmett Till shaped one woman’s commitment to climate justice

The North Has Another Climate Change Problem: Permafrost

Russia discovers five Arctic islands uncovered by melting ice

Climate change and displacement

Anaheim Nears 100 Degrees In Record Heat Wave

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Cities at risk: dealing with the pressures of climate change

Climate change costs to hit these Australian regions hardest

Climate change risk to Australia’s built environment

Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village

Coal city Newcastle signs 10-year deal for 100 per cent renewable supply

How Long Until Extreme Sea Levels Are an Annual Occurrence?

Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life

El Niños Strengthened by Climate Change

Female contribution to grassroots innovation for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh

Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System

Did you know? – Proglacial lakes accelerate glacier retreat!

How Cities Can Cool Down Urban Heat Islands

Climate change-induced flooding forces seawall in Seychelles to be rebuilt


Disaster risk reduction

Identification and ordering of drainage divides in digital elevation models

USDA buys flood-prone Louisiana homes for wetlands project

Using Satellites to Monitor Floods (Natural Elements)

Great Lakes Flooding: The Warning Signs That Homes Must Be Moved

NDCs: an opportunity to prioritise flood resilience in national plans

After Lorenzo and Ophelia, should we prepare European coasts for tropical storms and hurricanes?

A Western Alaska village, long threatened by erosion and flooding, begins to relocate

As natural disasters increase, homeowners look for more ways to cover more expenses

Amazon Fires: why a new economic model must come from the ruins

‘Why, in spite of knowing that risk is socially constructed (for more than 50 years), aren’t more solutions commensurate with that knowledge?’

Thames flood defence scheme secures £270m boost

3 N.J. mayors: We must invest and adapt before the floods, the storms and sea rise

Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, study finds

Lack of adequate drainage causes serious flooding in Vinh City

We’re Doing Our Best to Address Sea Level Rise and Flooding in Lagos, Says Commissioner

Danish innovation to improve local flood resilience

Resilience insights

Danish Rubjerg lighthouse moved inland on skates

New research reveals the impact of communal irrigation systems on the 2018 earthquake-triggered landslides in Palu, Indonesia

Applications of Satellite-Based Rainfall Estimates in Flood Inundation Modeling—A Case Study in Mundeni Aru River Basin, Sri Lanka

Innovation supporting flood resilience

How record flooding in the US is transforming this Midwestern city
‘Noah built the ark before the flood’: Minister defends campaign amid drought

Three big lessons from tackling disaster and climate information issues in East Africa

Futuristic 3D flood simulation technique, which lets flood modellers ‘see’ the impacts of tree-planting and revegetation programs on future floods and river systems was launched at Brisbane’s River Symposium

Myer sues building and engineering companies over 2016 Hobart Rivulet flood

Emergency management

When disaster strikes we can help you plan and execute an effective recovery

Multi-hazards Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean

Data for Disasters: Leveraging Data Science for Disaster Response & Management

Severe flooding in South Sudan: MSF assessing emergency needs in affected locations

Typhoon “Hagibis” damage to Japanese farms, forests, and fisheries tops 650 million dollars

Dallas tornado: Satellite photos reveal twister’s path from above

Flood warnings failed to arrive in time to prevent problems, says council

Indian Ocean Dipole spells flood danger for East Africa

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov’t support

Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in Chad and Cameroon

The new norm: Japanese experts warn of more rain, raging rivers and submerged homes

Increased adoption of GIS technologies can help New York predict and prepare for future emergencies


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Trailer for the documentary “Fire in Paradise” released

Over 66 million people participate in international ShakeOut; prompts evaluation of personal preparedness

What is a tsunami?

Dig Deeper into How Earthquakes are Interpreted

In wake of Typhoon Hagibis, demand surging for post-flood recovery manual

Recovering from a flood disaster

Scotland Field Guide for the Future gathers stories from people and organisations making real changes on the ground


Psychology and Disasters

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change


Sociology and disasters

Why we need to treat wildfire as a public health issue in California

As the rich move away from disaster zones, the poor are left behind

From fire to flood: Winnipeg homeless community displaced by rising water levels



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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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