Today in disaster resilience (24 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

China blasts dam to release water as flooding death toll rises

‘Once-in-500-years’ storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand

Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy

At least 12 killed as buildings collapse amid Mumbai’s third worst July rain since 2015

More than 3.5 million people affected as flood situation continues to deteriorate in Assam, India

Flood situation continues to be grim in Bangladesh

Indonesia – More Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in West Papua and Southeast Sulawesi

Yangtze river floods prompt massive evacuations in central China

Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people, at least 189 dead

Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. — tsunami warning issued

6 million affected, 90 000 displaced and 470 dead as flood situation remains grim in India

Northern Vietnam hit by deadly floods and landslides after longest heatwave in 49 years

Swollen river inundates hundreds of homes, capital Kathmandu cut off as death toll surpasses 130, Nepal

Greece wildfires rage out of control

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN-Habitat launches climate resilience project in South Eastern Africa

Comparing urban coastal flood risk in 136 cities under two alternative sea-level projections

Larger drought and flood hazards and adverse impacts on population and economic productivity under 2.0 than 1.5°C warming

The costs of sea-level rise: Coastal adaptation investments vs inaction in Iberian coastal cities

Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

How Many Polar Bears Will Be Left in 2100? If Temperatures Keep Rising, Probably Not a Lot

Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral, and may break a record in 2020

The global mean level of the oceans is one of the most important indicators of climate change

Arctic policy: EU opens consultation on the future approach

Arctic sea ice extent at the lowest level for this time of year on the satellite record

Climate change will cause more extreme wet and dry seasons, researchers find

Climate shift, forest loss and fires: Scientists explain how Amazon forest is trapped in a vicious circle

Global heating: best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought

‘World-first’ legal case: student accuses Australia of misleading investors on climate risk

We said, they said: the politics of conceptual frameworks in disasters and climate change in Colombia and Latin America

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

Climate threads: Climate-Resilient enterprises adapting in this ‘New Normal’

Risk Analysis for Hurricanes Accounting for the Effects of Climate Change

After 40 years, researchers finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly


Disaster risk reduction

Can we talk? New nationwide flood maps provide opportunities for dialogue

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Cutting-edge technologies make flood prevention smarter

2019 state of U.S. high tide flooding with a 2020 outlook

California Homeowners Are Doomed to Repeat Their Past Mistakes

Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption: New alert system could have warned of tragedy – scientists

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

South Asia’s Floods Don’t Have Borders – So Why Does Flood Governance?

Researchers develop equations for earthquake forecasting

Study reveals hundreds of ancient volcanic eruptions in New Zealand

Hydrological time series forecasting using simple combinations: Big data testing and investigations on one-year ahead river flow predictability

Bushfire devastation leaves almost 50 Australian native species at risk of becoming threatened

Using the past to predict the future: the case of Typhoon Hagibis (Japan)

China strengthens flood-defense network amid seasonal downpours

Long fracture line in offshore Krishna-Godavari basin – a major coastal hazard in north Andhra Pradesh

When COVID19 and natural hazards collide: Building resilient infrastructure in South Asia in the face of multiple crises

Natural Disaster Challenges in China : Key Trends and Insights – Learning from Experience : Insights from China’s Progress in Disaster Risk Management

Accurate Weather Forecasts 28 Days Out

Flood Risk Analysis and Assessment, Applications and Uncertainties: A Bibliometric Review

Advanced new tropical cyclone modelling could protect vulnerable communities in the South-West Pacific from flood and storm damage

Exploring new ways to manage the devastation caused by floods

Storm warning: a new long-range tropical cyclone outlook is set to reduce disaster risk for Pacific Island communities

Disasters and economic resilience in small regional communities: the case of Toodyay

Change in Human Exposure to Wildfires

Global Change in Flood

Some States Continue With Flood Resilience Planning Despite Coronavirus Challenges

New data discloses flood risk of every home in the contiguous US


Emergency management

Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19

‘It’s been a nightmare’: UK flood victims stuck in limbo amid lockdown

Weather forecasts are less accurate because of Covid-19, a new study reveals

How a government agency is safeguarding against super storms

Disaster response and recovery strategies in Japan and New Zealand

Neighbours helping neighbours: our volunteer first responders

Disaster Robotics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Time to say goodbye to “natural” disasters

We asked multicultural communities how best to communicate COVID-19 advice. Here’s what they told us

A serious gaming approach to understanding household flood risk mitigation decisions

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

New Guide for Tsunami Evacuation during COVID-19

Newspapers as a validation proxy for GIS modeling in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates: Identifying flood-prone areas

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

Geoscape Calgary

Effective flood risk visualisation

Participatory mapping 2.0: new ways for children’s participation in disaster risk reduction

On the use of participatory methodologies for video game research: Exploring disaster risk reduction in video games

Risk Communication for Social Awareness on COVID-19 by U-INSPIRE Indonesia

Is seismic intensity really different than an earthquake’s magnitude?


Psychology and disasters

Evaluating an emergency department‐based mental health liaison nurse service: A multi‐site translational research project

4 Things COVID-19 Taught an ER Doctor About the Power of Resilience and Hope


Sociology and disasters

Explaining communities’ adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

The mediating effect of community leadership on community resilience elements and community preparedness

Community resilience mechanism in an unexpected extreme weather event: An analysis of the Kerala floods of 2018, India

Social Resilience to Climate Change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age: A Replication Study

Towards Adaptive Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean : A Synthesis Note on Using Social Protection to Mitigate and Respond to Disaster Risk

Using Social Work Interventions to Address Climate and Disaster Risks in Latin America and the Caribbean

Informality in Postdisaster Reconstruction: The Role of Social Capital in Reconstruction Management in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico

How to construct and validate an Integrated Socio-Economic Vulnerability Index: Implementation at regional scale in urban areas prone to flash flooding

Social support from bonding and bridging relationships in disaster recovery: Findings from a slow-onset disaster


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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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