Today in disaster resilience (16 October 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

After two days of heavy rain, parts of Port Fairy and Warrnambool have flooded

Five In Vietnam And Two In Cambodia Die In Floods

Storm-ravaged southwestern Louisiana takes stock of damage after Delta

Cambodia – Widespread Flooding Leaves 10 Dead

Ghana – Flash Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Accra

Vietnam – at Least 7 Dead or Missing After Floods in Central Provinces

Flooding in South-East Asia leaves at least 20 dead, thousands homeless

Vietnam – Floods Worsens as Tropical Storm Linfa Makes Landfall

USA – Flash Floods After Hurricane Delta Dumps 445mm of Rain in Louisiana

Uganda – Lake Floods Continue to Cause Hardship for Communities

Mideast wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 8 Provinces

Hyderabad Floods: Non-Stop Rains Kill 19 As Life Comes To Halt, Total 30 Dead In Telangana

 Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Oct 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Philippines – 3 Die in Flash Floods in Cebu City

India – Deadly Floods in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How many people will migrate due to rising sea levels? Our best guesses aren’t good enough

Bangladesh urges countries to ramp up climate ambition by 2020 deadline

Net zero emissions target for Australia could launch $63bn investment boom

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat

Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years

The Ocean-Land Connection of Droughts

‘Uninhabitable hell’: Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns

How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities

Trillions of extra economic damages predicted in new study of climate change effects

The Arctic is burning in a whole new way

People power: everyday Australians are building their own renewables projects, and you can too

Top asset owners commit to big carbon emissions cuts

Australia must prepare now for climate-related disasters or pay more later, insurance regulator says

Climate change undermines the safety of buildings and infrastructure in Europe

Act now on wildfires, global climate change, human health, study says

Better governance is a key to reducing flood risks

Disaster risk reduction at our fingertips

Global emissions fall faster than at any time on record as COVID-19 hits economies

Disaster risk reduction

Does nature or society create risk? Practical implications of shifting the disaster frame

A push to prevent the next pandemic

Nepal’s ‘bottom-up’ approach to disaster risk governance

High-resolution approach to quantify the impact of building-level flood risk mitigation and adaptation measures on flood losses at the community-level

Rethinking resilience to wildfire

Learning to live with blazes in the drying South

Krakatoa is still active, and we are not ready for the tsunamis another eruption would generate

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice

Cities at risk – Building a resilient future for the world’s urban centres

Root causes and policy dilemmas of the COVID-19 pandemic global disaster

Public warning systems

Why loss and damage must feature strongly in NDCs

Flood Factor: Mapping the flood risk of 142 million properties in America with Mapbox

COVID-19; an opportunity to re-think disaster risk governance–an-opportunity-to-re-think-disaster-risk-governance.html

MOOC: Geospatial applications for disaster risk management

Planning for everyone: closing gaps in hazard mitigation planning

New data highlights most disaster-prone U.S. communities

Better risk management should guide our action to build back better

Open, reliable risk data: a key element for good disaster risk governance

Public review of the Words into Action guide: ‘Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction’

State of Climate Services 2020 report: move from early warnings to early action

Record rainfall and poor urban planning: What caused Hyderabad to flood

Emergency management

Comparing Corona virus responses in Florida and Australia: For the best results, follow the science

2020 Atlantic hurricane season on pace to become the most active ever

Community planning and capacity building in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria: Pre-disaster conditions, hurricane damage, and courses of action

France declares state of emergency due to Covid-19

Epidemic preparedness and response

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Women’s Resilience to Disasters Knowledge Hub

How is social media shaping disaster governance?

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills

Beyond (Mis)Representation: Visuals in COVID-19 Misinformation

PIRAC launches a social media campaign on disaster preparedness in a context of COVID-19 outbreak

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction booklet

Principles of risk communication guide: A guide to communicating with socially vulnerable populations across the disaster lifecycle

My Fire Plan

Big Weather education resources address our changing weather and what we can do to survive it!/topic/3710253/big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it/all

inSIGHT: a participatory game for enhancing disaster risk governance

Information for the people

International Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Why being prepared is key to overcoming 21st century challenges

Public opinion on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

23% of users in U.S. say social media led them to change views on an issue; some cite Black Lives Matter

Psychology and disasters

Public risk perception attitude and information-seeking efficacy on floods: a formative study for disaster preparation campaigns and policies

Participants in program for vulnerable young people are helping communities recover from bushfires

‘Solastalgia’: Arctic inhabitants overwhelmed by new form of climate grief

Sociology and disasters

Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1M people are at risk

The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)


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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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