Today in disaster resilience (8 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kyrgyzstan – Homes Damaged After Flash Floods and Mudflows in South

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – Thousands Evacuate After Dam Fails

Yemen – 150,000 Affected by Heavy Rain and Floods Since Mid-April

Rwanda – Heavy Rain Leaves 8 Dead, Homes Destroyed

While Uzbekistan, like the rest of the world, is struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is suffering from another unexpected disaster

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java

Uganda – Floods Affect Thousands in Western and Northern Regions

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia

UK overtakes Italy with Europe’s highest official coronavirus death toll

Kenya – More Than 100 Dead as Floods and Landslides Continue

French Guiana – Floods Prompt Evacuations After Heavy Rain

DRC – Hundreds Displaced in Ituri Province as Lake Overflows

Indonesia – 12,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides in Sumatra

Afghanistan – Damaging Floods in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – 107,00 Displaced by Floods, Says UN

Panama – Deadly Landslide in Panama District

Kenya – Flood Death Toll Rises, 100,000 Displaced

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Sulawesi Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reykjanes


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ten Things about Collaborating for Climate Solutions

Falling for an old flame: Can Australia really grow through gas?

Australia listened to the experts on coronavirus. It’s time we heard them on climate change

A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before

Glacier detachments: A new hazard in a warming world?

As much as one-third of the world’s population will be exposed to Sahara Desert-like heat within half a century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise

Hydrological limits to carbon capture and storage

On a Melting Planet, More Precisely Tracking the Decline of Ice

Warming Caused a Glacier in Alaska to Collapse

Honolulu under triple threat of flooding as sea level rises

Project about climate change in Bangladesh comes to an end

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

Future of the human climate niche

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Methane’s Rising: What Can We Do to Bring It Down?

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?

Will three billion people really live in temperatures as hot as the Sahara by 2070?

Drought supercharged by climate change

Climate change adaptation: Beyond greening humanitarian response

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?

Climate Change Has Altered Where Tropical Cyclones Occur Most Frequently, Study Says


Disaster risk reduction

WomenInHydrology – a new initiative to connect female hydrologists worldwide

Geoscientists Help Map the Pandemic

Fragile countries could see 1 billion coronavirus cases

Australia’s natural hazards risk profile

Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community

Economic motivation for raising coastal flood defenses in Europe

Tectonic Controls on Global Variations of Large-Magnitude Explosive Eruptions in Volcanic Arcs

Strength in Beauty – Rethinking Tsunami Defense

A prehistoric lake has provided a long-term record of floods and flows on the Murray Darling River

When disaster strikes locally, urban networks spread the damage globally

Barriers to insurance as a flood risk management tool: Evidence from a survey of property owners

Forest fires in the Alps

Federal wildfire policy and the responsibilities of community planners and homeowners

Using statistical methods borrowed from economics, a new flood study estimates the effect of hard surfaces on high waters

Causal Effect of Impervious Cover on Annual Flood Magnitude for the United States

Coastal Inundation Dashboard

A multi-hazards earth science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic: The potential for concurrent and cascading crises Environment Systems and Decisions

Here are 10 steps to build a stronger Australia after coronavirus

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Flood prediction using parameters calibrated on limited discharge data and uncertain rainfall scenarios


Emergency management

Visual representation of hodge-podge, state by state response of c-19 in USA

April 2020 edition of Australian Journal of Emergency Management

New roadmap gives Australia two paths out of COVID-19 lockdown: elimination or adaptation

JapanTimes online newspaper discusses changes to disaster response, based on C-19 trajectory

Cred Crunch, Issue No. 58, April 2020 – Disaster* Year in Review 2019

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis

‘This is a yo-yo.’ COVID-19 hits families still suffering from Hurricane Florence

Emergency managers work nonstop to prepare communities for hurricanes during pandemic


Disaster education, communications and engagement

International guide to value and engage children and youth in disaster risk reduction

Strengthening resilience in Tanzania through creative public engagement

Fostering student participation in disaster risk reduction through disaster video games

The influence of tailored risk communication on individual adaptive behaviour

The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?

COVID-19 global response: Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE)

Evaluation of flood risk communication materials

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren’t ready for both coronavirus and a disaster

New book on ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’

Risk Communication Basics


Disaster psychology

Lockdown and Social Distancing – Are There Positives?

Disasters force us to rely on each other

The global jolt toward creative thinking

A third of Americans experienced high levels of psychological distress during the coronavirus outbreak


Sociology and disasters

In 2018, a wildfire swept through Northern California. Forensic anthropologists were called in to identify skeletal remains in a devastated recovery scene

During coronavirus, we need social sciences and humanities more than ever

Cultivating social ties in the age of physical distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people

Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach

The building of social resilience in Sichuan after the Wenchuan earthquake: A perspective of the socio-government interactions

After Covid-19, it’s in everyone’s interest to help the world’s poorest countries

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Living near volcanoes: Scoping the gaps between the local community and volcanic experts in southern Chile

Community resilience to cyclone and storm surge disasters: Evidence from coastal communities of Bangladesh

Coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained, WHO 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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