Today in disaster resilience (1 November 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

90,000 Sonoma County residents evacuated ahead of Kincade fire

2 Million Californians Without Power And 180,000 Ordered To Evacuate Amid Wildfires

UK weather: ‘Horrendous’ conditions as heavy downpours cause flooding and travel disruption

Deadly rains to hit Rwenzori, Kigezi areas

Nigeria – Floods Hit Lagos, Situation Worsens in Niger and Adamawa States

Japan – 10 Dead After More Floods and Landslides Hit Eastern Areas

Ethiopia – 120,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions

France – Major Flooding in South After 120mm of Rain in 3 Hours

Bushfires continue to rage in NSW and Queensland

Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods

Tanzania – More Deadly Floods Hit Tanga Region

Peru – Deadly Landslide in Junín Region

Kincade Fire: 80,000 homes under threat as crews race against next windstorm

Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years

Two dead in Baja California wildfires

7 dead, 11 injured as floods sweep through Saudi Arabia

Flash floods hit more than 60 spots in Penang

A landslide killed at least 34 people in Cameroon

At least 44 killed, major traffic disruption as severe floods hit Tanzania

5 killed, 2 missing, 394 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines

Over 15 people feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes

Cyclone Kyarr: Emirati towns set for relief as storm heads for southern Oman

UAE and Oman – Evacuations After Cyclone Kyarr Brings Coastal Floods

Ghana – Floods Hit Accra and Ashanti Region

Kenya – 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono

UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales

200,000 forced to evacuate, fatalities feared as massive floods hit Beledweyne, Somalia

Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador

Floods reported in numerous areas across Iran


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II

Oceans are rising around the world, causing dangerous flooding. Why is this happening, and what can we do to stem the tide?

Emissions flat-line as ‘carrot’s not working and there’s no stick’

Venezuelan scientists look for hope in last remaining glacier

Seeing Red Across the North Pacific Ocean

Nearly four in ten Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming

Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike

Flooding and extreme heat are coming to nearly every city (especially their vulnerable populations). But a new report finds that few cities are ready for what’s coming

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise

Belize: Social Resilience in an Age of Climate Change, Disasters

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it’s enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water

Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia’s emission targets, report finds

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding

Climate change and Californian wildfires

Sediment accumulation, elevation change, and the vulnerability of tidal marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to accelerated sea level rise

Antarctic sea ice is key to triggering ice ages, study finds

How Do We Measure Climate Risk?

The last advancing Juneau Icefield glacier begins its retreat

Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice

World’s oldest ice core could solve mystery of ‘flipped’ ice age cycles

Reducing Risk And Vulnerability To Climate Change In Colombia

Sea level rise map and coastal flooding tool

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Six biggest coalminers in Australia produce more emissions than entire economy

Sydney and Melbourne will likely be exposed to more intense hail storms, tropical cyclones will track further south and bushfire risks will increase in most of Australia as the climate warms

Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll

“This will only get worse in the future”: Experts see direct line between California wildfires and climate change

Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do


Disaster risk reduction

The Power of Trees: Fighting Floodwaters

Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270m of funding for long term flood risk management work

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone?

Japanese government to discuss new flood prevention steps in wake of disasters

Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms

The city of Newcastle announced it has a “network of sensors spread across the city” to help it manage risks including flooding

The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls

Latest edition of Earthquake Spectra

Geoscientists invented a machine learning tool to sift through satellite data

Go with the flow? Reservations about river morphology models

Evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia

Contrasting seasonality of storm rainfall and flood runoff in the UK and some implications for rainfall-runoff methods of flood estimation

Environment Agency say £7m river defences worked as ‘other sources’ cause flood

Future shifts in extreme flow regimes in Alpine regions

Resilient Construction: Building Structures That Withstand Nature’s Fury

Mumbai, Kolkata may get flooded by 2050, says new research

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Worrying new flooding map shows the areas of North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral at risk

Multi-scale synthesis of historical fire regimes along the south-central US prairie–forest border

Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management

A dynamic river network method for the prediction of floods using a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model


Emergency management

Using drone to find missing 6-year old

Pursuing innovation and partnerships for emergency response to disasters in Peru

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday

Almost one million people affected by floods in South Sudan

Better alerts can save lives in an emergency. Google Crisis Response is using AI to help

490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan

10 European startups tackling natural disasters and other emergencies

B.C. to overhaul emergency management regime as fire and flood risk grows

In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay

Koalas in their hundreds feared dead in bushfires south of Port Macquarie

Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families

One week on, death toll rises to 4 from Spain flash flooding

Latest (October) edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Drones tested in Japan nuclear disaster drill for first time near Ikata plant in Ehime

Grenfell firefighters who deserve our respect and understanding

Inside The New Tech Helping LA Firefighters Decide Who And When To Evacuate


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events


Psychology and Disasters

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day


Sociology and disasters

Importance of libraries as social infrastructure

A SNA-based Methodology for Measuring the Community Resilience from the Perspective of Social Capitals: Take Nanjing, China as an Example

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric

Mobile phone data reveals the importance of pre-disaster inter-city social ties for recovery after Hurricane Maria


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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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