Today in disaster resilience (24 April 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

DR Congo – Over 30 Killed in Uvira Floods, South Kivu Province

Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West

Daily COVID-19 death tolls falling in many western countries

Baseball-sized hail leaves major damage in Queensland, Australia

Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy

Heavy rains cause flash floods in western Kenya

Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province

Rwanda and Burundi – 9 Dead, Thousands Affected After Floods and Landslides

New Caledonia – Flash Floods After 200mm of Rain in 6 Hours

Severe flooding threatens millions in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3 000 damaged

Yemen – More Devastating Flash Floods in Aden After 125mm of Rain

Burkina Faso – IDP Camps Flooded in Kongoussi

Kenya – More Floods and Landslides Leave 8 Dead, Hundreds Homeless

Djibouti – 8 Killed in Flash Floods

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in West Java and Central Kalimantan

Wildfires rip through Poland’s biggest national park

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Key investments can build resilience to pandemics and climate change

Entire wild systems at risk from rising global heat

‘Kick them into action’: Fire group takes EPA to court over climate

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record

Will climate change end waterfront living? Not if you can afford it

Rising Seas Could Make U.S. Coastal Flooding a Daily Peril by 2100

Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat

Australia’s inland rivers are the pulse of the outback. By 2070, they’ll be unrecognisable

Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet

Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050

Coronavirus crisis underscores small islands’ climate vulnerability


Disaster risk reduction

UVA researchers found that regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus

We’ve never made a successful vaccine for a coronavirus before. This is why it’s so difficult

Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds

How different surrounding environments influence the characteristics of flash flood‐mortality: The case of the 2017 extreme flood in Mandra, Greece

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations

How to generate relational information to inform a systemic perspective on risk?

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Building resilience in the wake of a disaster

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

Covid-19 has nothing on what’s coming

Large earthquakes follow ‘Devil’s Staircase’ mathematical pattern

Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection

To Avoid the Next Disaster, “This Mistake Must Not Reoccur”

Coronavirus’s ability to mutate has been vastly underestimated, and mutations affect deadliness of strains, Chinese study finds

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown

Remembering the forgotten disaster: One year after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth

The pandemic isn’t a Black Swan

Analyzing the Role of Resource Factors in Citizens’ Intention to Pay for and Participate in Disaster Management’_Intention_to_Pay_for_and_Participate_in_Disaster_Management

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be

Slower-moving hurricanes will cause more devastation as world warms
How can big cities adapt to risks of floods?

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings

Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Models and frameworks for assessing the value of disaster research

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Sendai five years on: Reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins

Webinar Aqueduct Floods: the future of flooding; exploring risks and opportunities

Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030

New Data Shows Millions of People, Trillions in Property at Risk from Flooding — But Infrastructure Investments Now Can Significantly Lower Flood Risk

Aqueduct Flood Global Data


Emergency management

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases

It was the saltshaker: How Germany meticulously traced its coronavirus outbreak

Two Asian coronavirus success stories face new wave of infections

Healing and rebuilding from the 2019-20 bushfires

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen to Protect Students

NSW COVID-19 Cases and Community Profile by The University of Sydney

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters

Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients

UK will need social distancing until at least end of year, says Whitty

Rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19 complicate standard responses to storms, floods, and heat waves

Tackling malaria, COVID-19 and Ebola in Burundi


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Affected community members from Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy, and Derwent Valley municipalities were invited to share their experience of the flood nearly twelve months later

Why is it hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation on social media?

How the internet has changed during lockdowns

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Right-Wing Responsible For Pushing Coronavirus Disinformation On Twitter Worldwide, New Report Says

K-12 Flood Education Resources

Dominica: Strengthening early warning system – increasing public awareness on natural hazards

Make your own paper model of a volcano

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals


Disaster psychology

Mental health in the age of coronavirus

UNICEF’s latest information to help support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic

The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing

Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey


Sociology and disasters

Monsoon weather and early childhood health in India

Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food

World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus

Confronting chronic shocks: social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighbourhood

Five years later: Assessing the implementation of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for inclusion of people with disabilities

“What is a sociologist doing here?” An unconventional people-centered approach to improve warning implementation in the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction


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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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