Today in disaster resilience (17 January 2020)


Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized

Australia is no longer the lucky country

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019

US National Climate Report – Annual 2019

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above


Disaster risk reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters

Disaster by Choice

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush ‘needs to burn’

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows

Planning an International Magma Observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again?

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires

The danger of the Taal Volcano

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel

Residents’ flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in October 2019 and running through September 2020

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020


Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano

Fire services are facing a ‘toxic’ culture of ‘bullying and harassment’

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia’s bushfires

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous?

Children’s book inspired by Somerset’s 1607 killer wave

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding


Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time


Sociology and disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need

Global problems need social science


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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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