Today in disaster resilience (25 September 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Three dead after rare Mediterranean storm batters Greece

Tropical Storm Beta, Forecast to Move Inland Monday, Churns in the Gulf

Myanmar – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Mandalay Region

Mexico – Deadly Floods in Oaxaca

France – 2 Missing After Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in South

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Noul Causes Wind Damage and Floods in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Strombolian activity at Mount Etna, Italy

Major eruption at Sangay volcano, ash to 12 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador

Flood Kills 30, Submerges Communities In Niger State

Tropical Storm Beta takes aim at Texas, Louisiana as Gulf Coast sees storm surge, flooding

Man dies in floodwaters after Broken Hill cops month of rain in 15 minutes

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces

Indonesia- Floods in West Java and Jakarta

Nigeria – Widespread Flooding in Kogi State After Niger River Overflows

‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Record Flooding in Sudan

Bangladesh faces twin crises as coronavirus deals new blow to flood-battered nation

Houston faces flash flooding risk as Beta stalls inland

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces

Ethiopia – 144,000 Displaced by Awash River Flooding in Afar Region

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Sep 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay, Lopevi

At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Australian guidelines launched to ensure consistent climate change risks assessments and disclosure

UK: Building climate resilience knowledge from the ground up

USA: Climate change is dumping record amounts of rain. We’re not equipped to handle it

Climate predictions for Ireland by 2050 come with unprecedented detail

Hurricane Sally’s fierce rain shows how climate change raises storm risks

Reporting on floods through a climate lens

Slow-moving storms that deluge coasts may be latest hazard of climate change

The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it

Prince Charles calls for ‘swift’ action on climate change

Want to Save Lives? Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn’t keep its promises

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

As wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes grow more frequent, climate migration begins

Africa Is Experiencing Some of the Worst Climate Disasters, But the World Watches California Burn

World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

UNDP, Timor-Leste launch GCF-backed project to protect rural communities against climate change

Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience

Arctic sea ice minimum is 2nd lowest on record

Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea Level Rise

‘They’re suffering now’: Americans scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis

Future climate response to Antarctic Ice Sheet melt caused by anthropogenic warming

The science connecting wildfires to climate change

Disaster risk reduction

Atlantic hurricane in 2020: Are we in store for another record-breaking year?

Searching for surprise catastrophes: the Beirut explosion

Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention

Nepal: why are landslides so deadly?

The economic case for a national flood standard

To Prevent California Wildfires, We Need to Have Some Uncomfortable Conversations

The effect of surge on riverine flood hazard and impact in deltas globally

New recommendations for a proactive flood policy in India

Steps Sudan must take to prevent future flood destruction

Extreme rainfall events have more than doubled in Himalayas

New tools to help “predict” forest fires

California Wildfires: Can Insurance Markets Handle the Risk?

How Science and Technology Keep Up with Earth’s Shifting Surface

After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again

Our new model shows Australia can expect 11 tropical cyclones this season

Tapping into the ground to counter floods and droughts

Emergency management

How to build back better after the COVID-19 crisis? A practical approach applied to Fiji

Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria

UN: 730,000 people seriously affected by Sudan floods

Τhe disaster and health nexus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges of protecting at-risk communities

Only two homes rebuilt one year on from Binna Burra Beechmont fire as community remains on edge

Early actions will support Ecuadorian families to face volcanic ash fall

An evaluation of availability and adequacy of multi-hazard early warning systems in Asian countries: a baseline study

The Worst Forest Fires You’re Hearing Nothing About

Orange County fire watchers go virtual due to pandemic

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Most wildfire coverage on American TV news fails to mention link to climate crisis

The Earthquake That Brought Enlightenment

Interactive network of digital wildfire vigilantes

Emergency warning messages: do colours and icons improve community readiness to act?

Emergency warning messages: how do community members comprehend them?

Emergency warning messages: encouraging readiness to act

Psychology and disasters

Humor and risk: an exploration of case studies

Wildfire-weary Californians, ‘tired of this being normal,’ consider uprooting their lives

FEMA has conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) to assess the development of a culture of personal disaster preparedness and resilience in the American public

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan

First Came the Hurricane, Then Came the Campaign of Terror

Fostering peri-urban resilience: Gender-responsive approaches in northern India


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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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