Today in disaster resilience (7 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread

Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate

Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods in Nangarhar Province

South Korea – 5 Dead, 7 Missing After Heavy Rain in Central Areas

Georgia – Floods Destroy Roads and Bridges in Western Region

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Sinlaku Brings Flooding Rains to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Sudan – 5 Dead, Thousands of Homes Damaged After Widespread Flooding

India – Over 300 Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Snow engulfs Victorian towns as Melbourne braces for coldest four-day spell since 1996, Australia

Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

Flash floods, mudslides kill 13 people in South Korea

Yemen – More Floods Leave at Least 20 Dead

Beirut explosion

Rain Batters Mumbai, Heaviest Since 2005

2 people killed after tornado from Isaias destroyed mobile homes in Windsor

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Floods in South West State

Saudi Arabia – Over 70 Rescued From Floods After Days of Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Aug 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Turrialba, Telica


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian bushfire and climate plan

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Pathways for policy coherence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and managed retreat as adaptation: Addressing climate vulnerability in the Sundarbans

Ten ways to support climate change adaptation planning and decision-making

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

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

Projections of global-scale extreme sea levels and resulting episodic coastal flooding over the 21st Century

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions

NJ Shore Towns See More ‘Sunny-Day’ Floods as Seas Rise, Federal Report Says

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time

‘A tsunami in the sky’: Climate change is melting Bhutan’s glaciers and the danger is real

‘There’s still a choice’: New Zealand’s melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change

Flooding could occur daily in Sydney by the end of this century because of climate change

Sea‐Level Rise Driving Increasingly Predictable Coastal Inundation in Sydney, Australia

Climate Change Brings Stronger Hurricanes and Threatens Pandemic Response

More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds

Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review

Northern Australia is at risk of severe coastal flooding impacts, which are set to soar by the end of the century

Climate change: Coastal flooding could threaten up to 20% of global GDP

Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

Climatology and Dynamical Evolution of Extreme Rainfall Events in the Sinai Peninsula

What can you do to fight the climate crisis?

Some Indian states gear up to tackle climate disasters


Disaster risk reduction

Early warning system saves lives as flood wreaks havoc in north Bihar

This code of practice (CoP) is concerned with Property flood resilience (PFR) measures that can be introduced to buildings at risk from flooding

Monsoon, floods and COVID-19: building community resilience in Bangladesh

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Extra 23 million people could face coastal flooding within 30 years, even with emission cuts, study says

Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas

Understanding hazards first step in addressing them, says scientific community

Streamflow prediction for flood warning and satellite-based inundation mapping for the HKH region

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal: Delineation of roles and responsibilities

Australian Government to provide $88.1 million over 10 years for future research into bushfires and natural hazards following the devastating 2019-20 fire season

Melbourne’s stage 3 lockdown prevented thousands of coronavirus cases, research data shows

The many-headed beast of wildfire risks in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Ecosystem-based adaptation project reduces flood risk in Seychelles

Study of insurance demand finds errant behavior after disasters


Emergency management

Patterns of Population Displacement During Mega-Fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

A dual disaster handbook: 6 recommendations for local leaders responding to floods during Covid-19

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina

One-size does not fit all for post-disaster recovery, PSU study finds

July 2020 edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Monsoon floods submerge a third of Bangladesh; affect around 5 million people amid COVID-19

Epidemic model shows how COVID-19 could spread through firefighting camps

Naming and ranking heatwave to highlight invisible threat

Somalia sets up disaster warning centre to battle floods and locusts

Rapid damage assessment of Beirut docks through remote observation (5 August 2020)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social Media Data and Housing Recovery Following Extreme Natural Events

Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program is a 2-year initiative funded by the NSW Government which will be managed jointly through Resilience NSW and Hunter Joint Org

Stakeholder engagement for disaster management in master-planned communities

Adaptation in the Outer Hebrides: A Community Planning Partnership-led response

Home Stockpiling of Food and Essential Items

Survival Kit Supplies

Hurricane Safety Checklists


Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds

The Role of Experience and Different Sources of Knowledge in Shaping Flood Risk Awareness

Cry wolf effect? Evaluating the impact of false alarms on public responses to tornado alerts in the Southeastern United States Weather

Disruptions and mental-health outcomes following Cyclone Debbie

How Mobile Home Residents Understand and Respond to Tornado Warnings


Sociology and disasters

An empirical exploration of the capabilities of people with disabilities in coping with disasters

Local leadership for disaster resilience: profiles from Asia and the Pacific

Building Community Resilience: Social ties and connections

As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in

The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city

How a packed slum in Mumbai beat back the coronavirus, as India’s cases continue to soar


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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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