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

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter

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

How to explain climate change? With comic books

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself


Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines

From hazard to risk

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution

When it rains, lava pours coasts face far more frequent severe floods

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region

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

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps


Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood

Using resilience concepts in disaster response

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history

May edition of Geology

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

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal


Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety


Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says


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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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