Today in disaster resilience (23 October 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hyderabad rains trigger flash floods in Baba Nagar area, rescue teams at spot https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-rains-trigger-flash-floods-baba-nagar-area-rescue-teams-spot-135608

Slovakia – Floods Cause Fatality and Prompt Evacuations http://floodlist.com/europe/slovakia-floods-october-2020

Togo – Thousands Affected by Oti River Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/togo-oti-river-floods-october-2020

Conditions at Nyiragongo volcano suggest another disaster is brewing, DR Congo https://watchers.news/2020/10/19/nyiragongo-lava-lake-rising-congo/

At least 90 dead, 32 missing and 5 million affected as more floods and landslides hit central Vietnamhttps://watchers.news/2020/10/19/vietnam-flood-landslide-casualties-october-2020/

Severe floods claim 47 lives, damage more than 900 000 ha of crops in Maharashtra, India https://watchers.news/2020/10/17/severe-floods-claim-47-lives-damage-900000-ha-crops-maharashtra-india/

At least 12 people dead after heavy rains trigger flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania https://watchers.news/2020/10/16/dar-es-salaam-flood-tanzania-october-2020/

Flood death toll in Cambodia rises to 25 https://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/220357

Hyderabad floods: Six dead in 24 hours, over 37,000 families affected https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-floods-six-dead-24-hours-over-37000-families-affected-135647

India – Over 60 Dead After More Rain and Floods Hit Telangana http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-october-2020

Thailand – Thousands Affected by Floodshttp://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-october-2020

Cambodia – Floods Affect Over 240,000 in 19 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-update-october-2020

Kenya – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Pokot http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-landslide-westpokot-october-2020

Vietnam – More Than 100 Lives Lost in Central Region Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-central-region-death-toll-october-2020

Nigeria – 155 Dead, 25,000 Displaced After Weeks of Floodinghttp://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-october-2020

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced After Heavy Rain in West and Central Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-westjava-centralkalimantan-bangkabelitung-october-2020

Catastrophic floods hit Vietnam and Cambodia, killing at least 132 people https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-21/five-million-hit-by-catastrophic-floods-in-vietnam,-cambodia/12796996

Philippines – Tropical Storm “Saudel” Prompts Evacuations http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-storm-saudel-october-2020

Portugal – Rain From Storm Barbara Triggers Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-storm-barbara-floods-october-2020

Ireland – Tidal Floods Hit County Cork http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-tidal-floods-cork-october-2020

Greece – Flood Rescues in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-crete-october-2020

‘It was a pretty good shaker’: 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Pacific Ocean prompts short-lived tsunami scare for Alaska, Hawaii https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/20/alaska-hawaii-tsunami-advisory-7-5-magnitude-earthquake/5984286002/

“Lots of structure loss” after East Troublesome fire’s explosion into Grand Lake; blaze is threatening Estes Park https://coloradosun.com/2020/10/22/east-troublesome-fire-grand-lake-destruction/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Oct 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/111744/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Oct-2020-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semer.html

Mozambique – Storms and Floods Leave 22 Dead, Thousands Affected http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-october-2020

Kenya – Lake Floods Displace Thousands, Damage Livelihoods http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-lake-turkana-floods-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Urban adaptation in Europe: how cities and towns respond to climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74228

‘We need to act now’ — Major NZ climate report shows worse fire risk, warmer winters already here https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/123081858/we-need-to-act-now–major-nz-climate-report-shows-worse-fire-risk-warmer-winters-already-here

Our atmosphere and climate 2020 is the latest in a series of environmental reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Environmental%20reporting/our-atmosphere-and-climate-2020.pdf

Alaska’s new climate threat: tsunamis linked to melting permafrost https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/18/alaska-climate-change-tsunamis-melting-permafrost

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/14/re-wild-to-mitigate-the-climate-crisis-urge-leading-scientists

Are climate scientists being too cautious when linking extreme weather to climate change? https://phys.org/news/2020-10-climate-scientists-cautious-linking-extreme.html

The Arctic is in a death spiral. How much longer will it exist? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2020/oct/13/arctic-ice-melting-climate-change-global-warming

For many climate change finally hits home https://www.cbsnews.com/news/for-many-climate-change-finally-hits-home/#app

Bushfire royal commission will fail if it does not recommend reducing emissions: Former fire chief https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/bushfire-royal-commission-recommendations-climate-change-fears/12782484

Coal regions advised to look to renewables for jobs growth as IEA report highlights falling demand https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/coal-outlook-gloomy-says-international-energy-agency/12774130

If Past Is a Guide, Arctic Could Be Verging on Permafrost Collapse https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/if-past-is-a-guide-arctic-could-be-verging-on-permafrost-collapse/

‘Uninhabitable hell’: Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-disaster-climatechange-covid-t-idUSKBN2741G7

Exxon’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-05/exxon-carbon-emissions-and-climate-leaked-plans-reveal-rising-co2-output

Driver of the largest mass extinction in the history of the Earth identified https://phys.org/news/2020-10-driver-largest-mass-extinction-history.html

California megafires rise exponentially as global heating takes the gloves off https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/10/20/opinion/california-megafires-rise-exponentially-global-heating-takes-gloves

Strong governance, reduced risks: Reducing climate change effects and risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina by identifying opportunities and turning knowledge into action https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74259

Modeling the cascading infrastructure impacts of climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74254

Pekalongan flood risk and impact assessment predicts 90% of the city will be inundated by 2035: how is climate change impacting Indonesia? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74260

Australian outback cattle station to house world’s largest solar farm, powering Singapore https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/21/australian-outback-cattle-station-to-house-worlds-largest-solar-farm-powering-singapore

Wind climbs to the top of the renewable mountain in the US https://reneweconomy.com.au/graph-of-the-day-wind-climbs-to-the-top-of-the-renewable-mountain-in-the-us-88767/

Climate impact induced crisis in Europe: An exploration of scenarios https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74282

Colorado’s record-breaking wildfires show “climate change is here and now” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wildfire-climate-change-evacuations-grand-county/

Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/22/alarm-as-arctic-sea-ice-not-yet-freezing-at-latest-date-on-record

Disaster risk reduction

Forecast-based financing in southern Africa – the future of Disaster Risk Reduction for the humanitarian sector https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74204

Governance at the heart of transformative disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74193

Asia-Pacific Regional Framework for NATECH (natural hazards triggering technological disasters) risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74211

Case Study: Non-structural mitigation in Turkey https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74197

The flood resilience measurement for communities: Sources of resilience overview https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74223

Moving? 6 Questions To Ask About Flood Risk In A Changing Climate https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/901109626/moving-6-questions-to-ask-about-flood-risk-in-a-changing-climate

How probable is widespread flooding in the United States? https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020WR028096

Landslide risk in India https://www.indiaspend.com/12-indian-land-prone-to-landslides-accounted-for-18-deaths-worldwide-during-2004-16/

MP supports call for comprehensive flood action plan http://poynton-post.co.uk/mp-supports-call-for-comprehensive-flood-action-plan/

Flood risk and public health: An unlikely partnership in the fight against COVID-19 https://blogs.adb.org/blog/flood-risk-and-public-health-unlikely-partnership-fight-against-covid-19

The CDRI Fellowship Programme supports research focused on urban, rural or regional contexts, whether it is focused on resilience of existing infrastructure or new infrastructure https://fellowship.cdri.world/about.html

Stressed out volcanoes more likely to collapse and erupt, study finds https://www.monash.edu/science/news/current/stressed-out-volcanoes-more-likely-to-collapse-and-erupt,-study-finds

Worsening floods in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island linked to oil palm plantations https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74242

NSW bushfire survivor tries cultural burn as Willawarrin community prepares for summer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-20/willawarrin-cultural-burn-bushfire-nsw-big-weather/12778694

Hurricane-Resistant Building Code Helped Protect Alabama from Sally’s Winds https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hurricane-resistant-building-code-helped-protect-alabama-from-sallys-winds/

Dredging rivers not the answer to flooding in Clare say Council https://www.clareecho.ie/dredging-rivers-not-the-answer-to-flooding-in-clare-say-council/

Insuring public buildings, contents, vehicles, and equipment against disasters: Current practices of state and local government and options for closing the insurance gap https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74264

Inundation monitoring service in the Philippines https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74265

Why invest in resilience? https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74261

Inspiring individuals who reduce disaster risk https://www.gndr.org/news/item/2068-undrr-gndr-call-for-stories.html

Scientists improve model of landslide-induced tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74276

NASA researchers help analyze a historically powerful, costly storm https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74280

Complex event resilience of small- and medium-sized enterprises: Natural disaster planning during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74273

How to enhance resilience of populations at local and national level https://buildersproject.eu/blog/post/18/international-day-for-disaster-risk-reduction-how-to-enhance-resilience-of-populations-in-local-and-national-level

Insurance Australia Group has dropped its support for a NSW government proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/iag-dodges-rio-tinto-moment-on-aboriginal-heritage-20201021-p567a4

Living In Harm’s Way: Why Most Flood Risk Is Not Disclosedhttps://www.npr.org/2020/10/20/921132721/living-in-harms-way-why-most-flood-risk-is-not-disclosed

World on fire 2020: Experts explain the global wildfire crisis https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/47794/fires-2020-experts-explain-the-global-wildfire-crisis/

Emergency management

Contingency Planning Guide https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74205

Resilient Leadership: Learning from crisis – an experiment in reflective learning during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74212

What developing countries can teach us about how to respond to a pandemic https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74224

Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit homes https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-5000-grant-scheme-for-flood-hit-homes

WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases https://theconversation.com/who-reform-a-call-for-an-early-warning-protocol-for-infectious-diseases-148078

Coronavirus Victoria: Melbourne makes world history crushing second wave https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/coronavirus-victoria-melbourne-makes-world-history-crushing-second-wave/news-story/8551d1e094b8ef0ddcd706db631f3a0e

Firefighters prepare for the worst this bushfire season as Kangaroo Island rebuilds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-20/kangaroo-island-firefighters-prepare-for-bushfire-season/12785660

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Undisclosed: Most Homebuyers And Renters Aren’t Warned About Flood Or Wildfire Riskhttps://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/918725965/undisclosed-most-homebuyers-and-renters-arent-warned-about-flood-or-wildfire-ris

New research reveals the hidden danger of sweltering heat at Western Sydney schools https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/western-sydney-schools-at-risk-of-heat-danger-this-summer/12779666?nw=0

The ‘I Survived’ Books Are Perfect Reads For An Anxious Age https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/916945663/the-i-survived-books-are-perfect-reads-for-an-anxious-age

Resources for International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction https://iddrr.undrr.org/

New study highlights the role of risk communication in coping with COVID-19 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/znu-nsh101620.php

More than 4 billion people around the world now use social media each month https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2020/10/social-media-users-pass-the-4-billion-mark-as-global-adoption-soars

Communicating with maps https://www.gislounge.com/communicating-with-maps/

How COVID-19 changed community engagement in South Africa’s low income areas https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74272

Psychology and disasters

Pandemic fatigue – Reinvigorating the public to prevent COVID-19 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74208

“I just want it to end.” Life on the Colorado wildfire frontlines https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/i-just-want-it-to-end-life-on-the

Sociology and disasters

Why should local disaster-risk-reduction-strategies wear gender lens for girls’ safety? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74172

Protection for the rich, retreat for the poor https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74200

Vulnerability to poverty following extreme weather events in Malawi https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74203

How flooding impacts poverty in Zimbabwe https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74258

Belonging and inclusivity make a resilient future for all: A cross-sectional analysis of post-flood social capital in a diverse Australian rural community https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/20/7676

Trust and Compassion in Willingness to Share Mobility and Sheltering Resources in Evacuations: A Case Study of the 2017 and 2018 California Wildfires https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920314023

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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