Today in disaster resilience (31 July 2020)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Douglas to affect much of Hawaii Sunday night as hurricane or strong tropical storm

Bangladesh – Monsoon Floods Affect 3.3 Million

Nigeria – 7 Dead After Heavy Rainfall in Niger State

Hurricane Hanna: Flood threat remains despite weakening

Deep recurring earthquakes detected beneath dormant Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii

Australia – Floods Prompt High Water Rescues in New South Wales

Thailand – Hundreds Affected After Monsoon Rain Triggers Floods in Lampang and Pathum Thani Provinces

Yemen – Widespread Flooding Causes Death and Destruction

India – Almost 1 Million Affected by Floods in Bihar

USA and Mexico – Floods From Storm Hanna Hit Texas Coast and Northern Mexico

Pakistan – Rains Trigger Flash Floods in Karachi, Landslide in Punjab

Melbourne earthquake felt by hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000 as economy suffers further

Myanmar – 20,000 Affected by Floods in Mandalay Region

Japan – Evacuations After Floods in Yamagata

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jul 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono

Tropical Storm Isaias Floods Part Of Puerto Rico As It Heads Toward Florida

West Africa – 9 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Niger and Mali

South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods in Daejeon


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood data from 500 years: Rivers and climate change in Europe

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

Environmental and climate policy integration: Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation

Perceived heat stress increases with population density in urban Philippines

Primer for Cool Cities : Reducing Excessive Urban Heat – With a Focus on Passive Measures

Prolonged Siberian heat attributed to climate change

Climate change brings Japan more deadly downpours

Global warming’s impact: Not worst-case but still deadly, if we don’t act

Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space

Wetter than wet: global warming means more rain for Asian monsoon regions

There Have Never Been This Many Fires in the Far Northern Arctic

New study offers roadmap for coal phase-out

A Future of Retreating Glaciers in the Himalayas

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

Missed wind patterns are throwing off climate forecasts of rain and storms

Fire chiefs press Scott Morrison for action on climate change

Climate change significantly alters future wildfire mitigation opportunities in southeastern Australia

Climate information services toolkit

Principles of climate risk management for climate proofing projects

Protecting South Florida: A discussion of sea level rise, property and regional planning

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

Calls for ‘managed retreat’ law due to climate change


Disaster risk reduction

What happened to India’s flood management plan?

Monitoring and forecasting the exceptional flood of Sirba river in Niger

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume I – State of Disaster Resilience Report

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume II

The value of reefs for protecting the most vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Grenada

Coronavirus: How new simulations can predict the spread of future pandemics

As the first Black Summer inquiry prepares to report, we reveal the inside story of Australia’s biggest bushfire

Wamberal beach erosion: seawall would deliver no net benefit, study finds

Call for contributing papers: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves

Flood risk for one million in Phnom Penh as wetlands destroyed

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?

Haiti approves a new Risk and Disaster Management Plan

GRDC Data Download provides River Discharge Data online

High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River

Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

The need for hazard definitions

Very high losses from thunderstorms – The natural disaster figures for the first half of 2020

Building resilience of rural communities in Myanmar: Handbook for field practitioners

Hazard definition and classification review

A new report has found recent Queensland flooding had minimal impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System

State of the Mountains Report

Mapping landslides in Nepal

A new idea on how Earth’s outer shell first broke into tectonic plates
Australia after the bushfires
Dam collapse in China could point to a ‘black swan’ disaster

Study: Flood damage erodes companies’ long-term value

India: What counts as a catastrophic flood in the Brahmaputra river basin now?

Coastal processes and influence on damage to urban structures during Hurricane Irma (St-Martin & St-Barthélemy, French West Indies)

Australia Earthquake: Modeling Regions with Low Seismicity

‘We will see many more deaths’: Call for national approach to early bushfire detection

Australian bushfire and climate plan,adapt%20to%20worsening%20fire%20conditions.

“The best flood I ever had”: Contingent resilience and the (relative) success of adaptive technologies


Emergency management

Wet weather sees flood warnings, truck falls through Sydney road

Cyclones in the time of COVID-19

China warns of new floods as Three Gorges Dam under pressure

Cabo Verde emergency preparedness and response diagnostic: Building a culture of preparedness Cabo Verde – government

Disability-inclusive disaster recovery

Australia needs to change its approach to firefighting as climate change makes blazes harder to control

New national plan to help protect Australians from an unprecedented era of climate-fuelled bushfire,readiness%2C%20response%2C%20and%20recovery.

Lifelong friendships built through CFA

How Juneau, Alaska Responds to Yearly Glacier Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to empower communities against escalating flood threats in Nepal?

Engaging coastal community members about natural and nature-based solutions to assess their ecosystem function

MEIDECC builds resilience to meteorological hazards through awareness in schools

Stop disasters 2.0: Video games as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are no natural disasters

Hydrology & water sustainability teaching links, videos

Japan Sinks Might Just Be Masaaki Yuasa’s Most Shocking Anime Yet

Community mapping to obtain detailed geographic data about populations and their built environment to understand exposure and to inform disaster reduction investments like early warning systems


Psychology and disasters

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

Tom and Elisabeth Bertolet rebuild after bushfire in Dargan NSW


Sociology and disasters

30 Ways FEMA supports emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities

The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks

How disabled people have been completely disregarded during the coronavirus pandemic

At what cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

India coronavirus: ‘More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19’

Mapping COVID-19 spread in Melbourne shows link to job types and ability to stay home

Navigating multidimensional household recoveries following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes

Role of Social Belongingness During the Post-Disaster Recovery


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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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