Today in disaster resilience (1 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Hit Northern Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-arusha-kilimanjaro-april-2020

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-north-storm-april-2020

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-thousands-displaced-flooding-april-2018

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta http://floodlist.com/america/canada-ice-jam-rivers-alberta-april-2020

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-banten-bengkulu-eastkalimantan-april-2020

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-flooding-1.5546029

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-flash-floods-diredawa-april-2020

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-argelia-cauca-april-2020

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-flash-floods-gardo-bari-april-2020

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-flood-moyenchari-april-2020

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/28/coronavirus-us-cases-million-update/2996724001/

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-floods-central-division-april-2020

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/asia/laos-flash-floods-north-april-2020

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sarawak-april-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71433

Disability and climate change: How climate-related hazards increase vulnerabilities among the most at risk populations and the necessary convergence of inclusive DRR and CCA http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71449

How to explain climate change? With comic books https://thebulletin.org/2020/04/how-to-explain-climate-change-with-comic-books/#.XqVrAC-sWO0.twitter

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23042020/hurricane-matthew-florence-north-carolina-sea-level-rise-climate-change

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/record-breaking-amounts-of-solar-electricity-in-germany-march-24/#.XqYfHoiOu34

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/in-one-week-both-sweden-and-austria-celebrated-the-closing-of-their-last-coal-plants/#.XqXuUhRelLM.twitter

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/27/meteorologists-say-2020-on-course-to-be-hottest-year-since-records-began?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing https://www.sciencealert.com/hurricanes-are-slowing-down-because-of-co2-giving-them-more-time-to-wreak-havoc

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/24694452.2020.1736981?journalCode=raag21

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340880375_Collaborative_Action_for_Community_Resilience_to_Climate_Risks_Opportunities_and_Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71518

 

Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake https://theconversation.com/learning-from-disasters-nepal-copes-with-coronavirus-pandemic-5-years-after-earthquake-134009

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71412

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71454

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71446

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71448

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71450

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71445

From hazard to risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71461

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71468

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71465

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71447

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71441

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail https://www.businessinsider.com.au/map-reveals-earthquake-risks-us-north-america-2020-4?r=US&IR=T

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/how-mobile-phone-towers-could-help-monitor-rainfall-in-developing-countries-analysis/ar-BB12W75y

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340741547_Towards_resilient_Rotterdam_Key_conditions_for_a_networked_approach_to_managing_urban_infrastructure_risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340896358_Resilience_-_Potentials_and_Challenges_of_an_Interdisciplinary_Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes https://eos.org/articles/getting-to-the-bottom-of-slow-motion-earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise http://floodlist.com/asia/flood-prevention-could-bring-huge-payoff-as-global-risks-rise?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/24/coronavirus-detected-particles-air-pollution

When it rains, lava pours https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01091-4?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf233270647=1US coasts face far more frequent severe floods https://climatenewsnetwork.net/us-coasts-face-far-more-frequent-severe-floods/

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71475

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71489

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71497

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340954624_Building_Resilience_during_Recovery_Lessons_from_Colorado’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-27/coronavirus-lingers-in-air-of-crowded-spaces-new-study-finds

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2020/04/british-wildfires-are-getting-more-frequent-heres-what-that

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/our-work-resilience-regional-resilience-plans/central-west-regional-resilience-strategy

Experts from four South Atlantic states not only will quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure, but also will consider associated economic costs to coastal communities https://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/news/2020/04/regional-flood-resilience-research-considers-communities-and-infrastructure/

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-april-2020/

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-vaccine-clinical-trials-oxford-jenner-institute-20200428-trcanc63srhkxnk3efy7xaem2a-story.html

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71500

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-658/

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insurance-becoming-unaffordable-in-australia-s-disaster-prone-regions-after-horror-bushfires?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.23.20076042v1

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/province-hits-pause-on-grants-for-flood-mitigation-1.5227066

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/springbank-reservoir-tsuutina-nation-1.5547788

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’ http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71525

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71540

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71534

 

Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71434

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71402

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71453

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340911739_Pathways_to_Livable_Relocation_Settlements_Following_Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-27/coronavirus-tracing-app-covidsafe-one-million-downloads/12187806

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19 https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/27/845304917/new-zealand-says-it-has-won-battle-against-covid-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain https://theconversation.com/covidsafe-tracking-app-reviewed-the-government-delivers-on-data-security-but-other-issues-remain-137249?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71488

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71484

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420919316942

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020 https://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2020/

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/04/27/first-brian-jean-lost-his-house-to-the-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-this-time-it-was-a-flood.html

Using resilience concepts in disaster response http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71492

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71510

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71523

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html

May edition of Geology https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/geology/issue/48/5

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71466

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71480

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine https://www.businessinsider.fr/us/trolls-bots-flooding-social-media-with-anti-quarantine-disinformation-2020-4

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71529

 

Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71444

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/this-is-the-psychological-side-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-that-were-ignoring/

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-27/anxiety-increases-absence-of-disability-supports-covid-19/12186290

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety https://www.psypost.org/2020/04/social-media-exposure-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-linked-to-increased-anxiety-56633

 

Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71459

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71458

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis https://grist.org/justice/coronavirus-is-not-just-a-health-crisis-its-an-environmental-justice-crisis/

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420919313056?via%3Dihub

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-could-kill-more-than-3-million-people-in-vulnerable-and-poor-countries-aid-group-says.html

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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