Today in disaster resilience (3 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Large tornado rips through Jonesboro, causing extensive damage, Arkansas

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in South Sulawesi

Kenya – Hundreds of Families Displaced by Flooding in Western Counties

Syria – Deadly Floods in North

Nineteen killed in massive China forest fire

Iran – More Fatalities After Floods in Fars Province

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods and Mudslides in Huánuco

India – Evacuations After Rain Triggers Landslides in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan – More Rain Damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan

DR Congo – Thousands Affected by Floods in Maniema Province

More than 3,000 have died from COVID-19 have died in the US

Tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Mississippi

Coronavirus Australia live news: CSIRO launches initial trial stage of two COVID-19 vaccines

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Bandung

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead, Homes Destroyed

Papua New Guinea – Floods Hit Morobe Province

Spain – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Castellón After Highest Rainfall in 30 Years

Coronavirus latest: Confirmed cases cross the 1-million mark


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Carbon emissions will drop, but experts fear ‘revenge pollution’

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming

Barclays sets net zero carbon target for 2050 after investor pressure

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month

Coal phase-out can provide “cheap” way to reduce emissions, researchers say

‘Very un-Antarctic’: When the icy continent was not very cold at all

Why the climate crisis is harder to spot in the UK and US

Tackling climate change

Beneath the virus lurks a bigger emergency, but the world is distracted from the climate threat

Rain, floods and confused seals: Inside Antarctica’s warmest-ever summer

‘We must use this time well’: climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay


Disaster risk reduction

Australia’s Environment in 2019

What we’ve learned about the coronavirus — and what we still need to know

Post-fire ecological stocktake

Effective transmission across the globe: the role of climate in COVID-19 mitigation strategies

The Coronavirus Outbreak Presents Unique Housing Challenges for Seniors

UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

A lethal pandemic was considered the most serious security risk to the UK. But nothing was done

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession

Live animal trade continues across India and Asia

Natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

4 major hurricanes are predicted as part of an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

What climate change means for Northwestern US wildfires

Initial Insured Losses for UK’s February Floods Estimated at £297M (US$367.8M)


Emergency management

The residents of Ironbridge are still recovering from flooding earlier this year and now they must prepare for a pandemic

Africa is woefully ill-equipped to cope with covid-19

How South Korea flattened the curve

Italy starts to bend coronavirus curve

The home front: How international aid workers are fighting COVID-19 in Italy

San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Is coronavirus hitting young Americans harder than we thought?

FEMA braces for a multi-front war as hurricane season looms


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public views of the coronavirus’s impact on the U.S.

Getting people to comply with social distancing policies is basically an exercise in marketing

Epidemics in Movies

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement Book

How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus

Learn About Groundwater At Home!


Psychology and Disasters

Isolation is hazardous to your health. The term ‘social distancing’ doesn’t help

Navigating the new rules of social distance etiquette

A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens


Sociology and disasters

Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

For the 2.5 million people in Metro Manila who reside in crowded slums, community quarantining and social distancing have entirely different implications–a-crisis-for-all.html

COVID-19 and the displaced

Coronavirus infection rates begin to fall, but ‘flattening the curve’ may mean WA is locked down even longer

Coronavirus could be final straw for EU, European experts warn

We aren’t just stopping coronavirus. We’re building a new world

1 in 10 children affected by bushfires is Indigenous. We’ve been ignoring them for too long

A Beginner’s Guide to the Importance of Social Capital During a Pandemic

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises’s_Role_in_Humanitarian_Crises


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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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