Today in disaster resilience (12 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

A further significant failure at the site of the Alta quick clay landslide

Czech Republic – Deadly Flash Floods in East

China – Thousand Affected by Floods in Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi

USA – Storm Cristobal Brings Flooding Along Gulf Coast

New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

Flooding forcing some southeastern Manitoba residents to flee under mandatory evacuation order

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South

Ghana – Floods Turn Deadly in Accra

Tremor at East Java’s Mount Ijen triggers isolated tsunami, killing one

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Jun 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

China floods: dozens killed and hundreds of thousands displaced

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finding solutions in nature for climate change

Origin of interannual variability in global mean sea level

New Jersey Becomes First State to Put the Climate Crisis in Its K-12 Curriculum

Measuring farm households’ vulnerability and resilience to climate shocks now possible, new research shows

Traditional knowledge helps Indigenous people adapt to climate crisis, research shows

Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters – new UN report

Loss and damage from natural disasters made worse by climate change

Patterns in permafrost soils could help climate change models

Bangladesh leads climate-threatened nations in push for global action

Australia’s longest weather record reveals snow in surprising places

‘Surprisingly rapid’ rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown


Disaster risk reduction

Japan’s Integration of All-Hazard Resilience and Covid-19 Countermeasures

India’s cyclone response saves lives. Climate resilient infrastructure will save livelihoods

Disaster resilience scorecard assessment: Case studies and lessons learned from North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia

Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunities for social-ecological resilience to flooding and water quality problems

Rush to Publish Risks Undermining COVID-19 Research

Recurring Floods in Eastern Africa amidst Projections of Frequent and Extreme Climatic Events for the Region

What Are the Key Drivers Controlling the Quality of Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts?

Bushfire royal commission looks to the past to show a troubling future

As Pakistan glacier melt surges, efforts to cut flood risk drag

Is the world making progress against the pandemic? We built the chart to answer this question

Q&A with A/Prof Phil Zylstra – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with A/Prof Tina Bell – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with Prof Mike Clarke – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Full reservoirs as monsoon sets in: Why India should watch out for floods

Nepalese farmers have much to teach us about disaster risk reduction

Resilient Queensland 2018-2021: Delivering the Queensland strategy for disaster resilience

Impacts of river engineering on river channel behaviour: Implications for managing downstream flood risk

Hydrology of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia

Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology Along the Pallatanga Fault, Central Andes of Ecuador

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

A Pacific disaster prevention review

Review article: The spatial dimension in the assessment of urban socio-economic vulnerability related to geohazards

Standards on disaster risk management for hotels and resorts

Queensland communities share in $16 million for resilient infrastructure

Mapping COVID19 cases against earthquake risk

Let’s talk about disaster risk during COVID-19

A trial using nature to reduce flood risk gets on its marks at the Leeds Brownlee Triathlon Centre

Monte Cristo Earthquake fault still active with 6,500 aftershocks

Seismic waves reveal giant structures deep beneath Earth’s surface


Emergency management

Caribbean workshop on impact-based forecasting and risk scenario planning

Pre-monsoon preparedness – Coordinated actions during flood

Displacement in paradise: Hurricane Dorian slams the Bahamas

Bangladesh Has Saved Thousands of Lives From a Devastating Cyclone – Here’s How

COVID-19 and world refugee camps


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Modified usability framework for disaster apps: A qualitative thematic analysis of user reviews

Survey: Pretest of Contents – UNESCO’s ‘KNOW Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)’ Mobile Application

Three years of corporate broadcast news hurricane coverage failed to mention specific risks to marginalized communities

The importance of on-line educational activities on disaster risk management during COVID-19: On-line web based training activities of the new Turkish building earthquake code secured the uninterrupted continuation of capacity building of experts

Summer bushfire smoke caused health problems in two-thirds of people living in parts of NSW


Psychology and disasters

Trust and the communication of flood risks: comparing the roles of local governments, volunteers in emergency services, and neighbours

Timefulness: Thinking Like a Geologist with Professor Marcia Bjornerud


Sociology and disasters

People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

Communities with large minority populations are among the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change

Disasters and vulnerable groups: Insights for an inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience Nexus: A Study of Flash Flood Recovery in Jeddah City

Population of top 10 counties for disasters: 81% minority

Gender and age inequality of disaster risk




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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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