Today in disaster resilience (15 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ugandan hospital, Somali town washed away by floods raging East Africa

Somalia – Over 200,000 Displaced by Floods

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Floods in Western Region

Ethiopia – 12 Killed in Landslide Triggered by Heavy Rain

Somalia – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Floods Mogadishu

France – Floods in Gironde and Landes After Rain Lashes South West

Guatemala – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Causes Landslides and Floods

Kenya – Floods Hit North and Central Regions as Death Toll Rises to 237

Pakistan – 1 Dead After Heavy Rain and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Maniema

Colombia – Landslide Destroys Homes in Nariño

Budalangi floods described as worst flooding since 1962

Three-year-old girl and her sister, 7, are both killed in a flash flood in a Utah slot canyon

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Burundi – 10,000 Displaced by Floods Since Late April

Indonesia – Cars Dragged Through Streets as Flash Floods Hit Central Aceh

Indonesia – 1 Missing After Massive Landslide in Bogor Regency, West Java


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events

Adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging climate change adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the European Green Deal

Climate change has been influencing where tropical cyclones rage

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds

Associations between varying magnitudes of the urban heat island and the synoptic climatology in Melbourne, Australia;2-D

The Sea Ice Arctic Communities Rely On Could Disappear Three Weeks Earlier

Icelandic Glaciers Rapidly Retreating

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisis

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?

A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises

The Canals Are Clear Thanks to the Coronavirus, But Venice’s Existential Threat Is Climate Change

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the globe

Resilience and sustainable peace: Managing climate related security & development risks in the Anthropocene

Global Seasonal Climate Update provides guidance on temperatures, rainfall

Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy

Little bit of sea-level rise = lots more coastal flooding


Disaster risk reduction

The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19

Child-centred urban resilience framework: a tool for inclusive city planning

Reducing wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: Policy, trends, and solutions

Scientists concerned that coronavirus is adapting to humans

The Geosciences Community Needs to Be More Diverse and Inclusive

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks

Logging made last summer’s bushfires worse, expert review finds

Structurally controlled rock slope deformation in northern Norway

Why cities are the best (and worst) places to be during an outbreak

Continental-scale mapping and analysis of 3D building structure

A review of freely accessible global datasets for the study of floods, droughts and their interactions with human societies

Bill Gates: Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

Lessons from a Post-Eruption Landscape

City looks at how to protect triple deckers from flooding as sea levels rise

Poor dam management blamed for Kerala floods

Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say

From Risk Management to Resilience Management in Critical Infrastructure

What’s Missing in Pandemic Models

‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

Insurance helps reduce risk from flooding for Asia’s vulnerable rural smallholders

Learning from the past – Using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ)

The eye of the storm: boosting railway resilience in the UK

Transformational potential of COVID-19 recovery in Asia-Pacific

Background Paper: National Natural Disaster Arrangements The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (Australia)

Economic losses from extreme weather in the U.S. Gulf Coast region: Spatially differential contributions of climate hazard and socioeconomic exposure and vulnerability

Research shows how park-like tsunami defenses can provide a sustainable alternative to towering seawalls

Researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth


Emergency management

Did you know that millions of people around the world are still uprooted from their homes by disasters?

Resilience thinking: Preparing for and recovering from COVID-19 in the context of compound risks

Will resilience be the buzz word for the COVID-19 recovery?

What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic?

Trapped in paradise: Breaking quarantine could mean prison time for tourists in Hawaii

Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

How many tests are performed each day?

Portugal counts on drones to bolster defences against wildfires during pandemic

Beat the heat? India struggles to keep cool during lockdown

Are we there yet? The transition from response to recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: what are the options for the UK? Recommendations for government based on an open and transparent examination of the scientific evidence


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Although social media is a relatively popular news platform—especially among younger people—it doesn’t appear to be replacing traditional media–and-what-that-means.html

Twitter Adds New Labels on Potentially Harmful COVID-19 Misinformation in Tweets

MSc in Flood Risk Management

The studio projects explore regional opportunities in designing urban typologies providing for flooding resiliency

A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research

Abstract representations of events arise from mental errors in learning and memory

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to suffocate U.S. hurricane response

Why aren’t people in Accra better prepared for floods? The key is in communication

Gender transformative early warning systems

Governments can learn from consumer psychology when it comes to public health messaging

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate cyclone awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate earthquake awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate flood awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages


Disaster psychology

Understanding the Three Types Of Loneliness

Disasters are not natural; our choices cause them

Catastrophe compassion: Understanding and extending prosociality under crisis

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one’s likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

Even if you personally haven’t experienced quarantine fatigue, you’ve likely encountered sentiments attached to the experience

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness?

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health


Sociology and disasters

We wanted to know how coronavirus affects Nairobi’s slum residents. What we found

The role of faith-based institutions in urban disaster risk reduction for immigrant communities

Coronavirus, Summer Heat, And Poverty Could Create A ‘Triple Whammy’

So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums?

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

UD Prof. Sarah DeYoung discusses society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

The race against Covid-19 in vulnerable refugee camps

Livelihood and vulnerability in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda: lessons of community and resilience


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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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