Today in disaster resilience (2 October 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Wildfire erupts in California’s Napa County, emergency evacuations over ‘dangerous rate of spread’

Severe storms in Italy produce damaging tornadoes, flash floods and landslides

Nepal – Heavy Rain and Floods in Southern Central Areas Leave 4 Dead, Houses Destroyed

South Sudan – 625,000 Affected by Floods in 34 Counties

Ghana – Deadly Flash Floods in Ashanti Region

Chad – Floods Affect 300,000 Says UN

India – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods in Meghalaya and Assam

Vietnam – Deadly Floods and Landslides in North After 340mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Myanmar – Almost 3,000 Displaced by Floods in Kachin

Deadly fires rage through northern California forcing tens of thousands to evacuate

India – Third Wave of Floods Hits 300,000 Across 13 Districts

Indonesia – 11 Dead After Landslides in North Kalimantan

Napa Valley wineries face fury of latest California wildfire as 2020 damages mount

3 dead, nearly 100 000 evacuate as two massive wildfires explode in Northern California

Paralyzing flash floods and damaging hail hits Istanbul, Turkey

100 000 people stranded as highest rainfall in 60 years hits Rangpur, Bangladesh

Ashfall produced by Sangay destroys 11 200 ha of crops, affecting at least 24 500 farmers, Ecuador

Bangladesh – Tens of Thousands Hit by Floods in North

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Oct 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade

Benin – 7,000 Displaced by Niger River Floods in North East

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

US sees ‘alarming’ increase in combined heatwaves and droughts

Hurricanes near U.S. coast forecast to worsen and multiply due to global warming

What’s in Boris Johnson’s climate in tray?

The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change

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

UNDP helped develop a Vulnerability to Climate Hazards Index – the first of its kind worldwide – which measures households’ exposure to hurricanes, storms and other climate phenomena

Climate change adaptation projects continue amid coronavirus pandemic

How our warmer oceans are contributing to climate breakdown

New Sea Level Satellite Arrives at California Launch Site

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

Climate scientists can take this one action to accelerate solutions for climate change

Simpler models may be better for determining some climate risk

Climate change increases the risk of wildfires

Activists screen videos onto Arctic glaciers in climate protest

Greenland ice sheet loss already ‘unprecedented’ and set to accelerate

China’s zero emissions target puts Australia on notice

The Value of Initial Condition Large Ensembles to Robust Adaptation Decision‐Making

Planetary ‘safety net’ could halt wildlife loss and slow climate breakdown

Recommendations for a revised EU strategy on climate change adaptation

Revised estimates of the impact of climate change on extreme poverty by 2030

Global heating warming up ‘nights faster than days’

Disaster risk reduction

Flood risks: More accurate data due to Covid-19

Mitigating geohazard risk to help save lives in Nepal

No earthquake-resistant buildings, no disaster management plan: Kashmir sits on seismological powder keg

Traditional fire management conducted in Bega Valley, Eurobodalla — hardest-hit by last season’s bushfires

Nearly 60,000 large dams exist worldwide, with more than 3,700 currently planned or under construction

Alabama’s nation-leading 16,000 Fortified roofs held up well to Hurricane Sally

New knowledge about what causes thunderstorms and cloud bursts

Lumberton County Floodprint: Strategies for Repurposing Vulnerable Landscapes After Disaster

Wood Buffalo council opts for berms, not buyouts for most flood-affected neighbourhoods

The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

Framing the challenge of urban flooding in the United States

BOM declares a La Nina, signalling wet spring and summer likely for northern, eastern Australia

Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor

Phivolcs monitoring ‘abnormal’ conditions in four volcanoes

Strengthening Coastal Counties Resilience Challenge

National Platform of Disaster Risk Reduction in Turkey

2020 State of flood report: Actions for a more protected and resilient planet

Towards coordinated self-organization: An actor-centered framework for the design of disaster management information

New woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years

Africa road map for improving the availability, access and use of disaster risk information for early warning and early action, including in the context of transboundary risk management

Understanding Catastrophe Modeling

Emergency management

Covid-19 tests that give results in minutes to be rolled out across world

Pakistan – 300,000 in Need of Food Assistance After Floods in Sindh, Says WFP

People-centered early warning systems in China: a bibliometric analysis of policy documents

The COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: Impact, Responses, and Lessons from Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda

A multilabel classification approach to identify hurricane‐induced infrastructure disruptions using social media data

Experts call for tech upgrades to help fight wildfires

ACT Alliance members in Indonesia: Preparing the communities to respond better to disasters

Counting the costs: Improving disaster recovery cost estimation

A member of an elite firefighting team answers our questions about California’s inferno

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfires: from temporary evacuation to longer-term displacement

Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High

Disaster education, communications and engagement

DepEd, partners launch RADaR app to ensure learning continuity after disasters

Localized action for social behavior change in COVID-19

Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic

A history of the human choices that led to one of the century’s worst natural disasters

Where the UK government is going wrong in its coronavirus messaging, according to a marketing expert

Psychology and disasters

More firefighters die from suicide each year than in the line of duty

Around the world, people who accidentally spread the coronavirus must face both a dangerous illness and an onslaught of online condemnation

Art therapy: This is how the arts can sharpen mental health research

Measuring individual disaster preparedness

Sociology and disasters

Wealthy Benefit Most From Hurricanes

The Demography of Disasters

Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on household consumption and poverty

The climate change risks, trends and impacts and the related vulnerabilities on children in sub-Saharan Africa

Almeda fire’s destruction of mobile home parks exacerbates Rogue Valley’s affordable housing shortage

COVID-19 economic vulnerability vs health emergency

The gendered nature of natural disasters: the impact of catastrophic events on the gender gap in life expectancy

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


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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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