Today in disaster resilience (20 March 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming

Greenland’s melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring


Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data

COVID-19 Scientific Resources

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed


Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point

Coronavirus Australia live updates: ‘Disruptive’ COVID-19 measures to last ‘at least’ six months, top doc says

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events


Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play


Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important


Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?

Something invisible has stopped us


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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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