Today in disaster resilience (27 November 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Colombia – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in Northern Departments

DR Congo – More Deadly Floods in North Kivu

U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations keep breaking records

Italy – 200 Rescued From Floods in Calabria After 450mm of Rain in 48 Hours

South Africa – Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Java and Sumatra Islands

Colombia – 7 Killed in Antioquia Landslide

Somalia – Floods After Tropical Storm Gati Dumps Year’s Worth of Rain

Massive wildfire scorches half of Fraser Island – Queensland, Australia

At least 17 fatalities after floods and landslides hit Antioquia, Colombia

Massive floods hit Israel after one of the rainiest days in the country’s history

A U.S. Record: Two Million New Virus Cases in Two Weeks

India: Cyclone Nivar makes landfall bringing rains, flood

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung

Uganda – 3 Dead, 5 Missing After Floods in Kasese

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Survey shows Australian support for Paris Agreement and net zero target

Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen

The Australian Government is surrounded by leaders taking climate action. Will it step up?

Greenland Is Melting, And a New Model Suggests We’ve Greatly Underestimated Its Impact

Climate change and “atmospheric thirst” to increase fire danger and drought in Nevada and California

Climate change in Uzbekistan: Illustrated summary

A Slippery Slope: Could Climate Change Lead to More Landslides?

Greenhouse gas levels at new high despite hopeful “blip” from anti-COVID lockdowns

Emissions reduction moving too slowly and in wrong direction, finds ClimateWorks report

State of climate action: Assessing progress toward 2030 and 2050

Winters are Warming and Climate Change is the Driver

John Kerry named as Joe Biden’s special climate envoy

Australia: Climate change producing dangerous heat stress in workplaces

“We will pay a heavy price for this”, Turnbull savages Morrison and Taylor over climate

A Floating Buoy Fleet Could Help Scientists Track Rising Seas

UK is underprepared for increase in heatwaves

New modelling by the NSW governmen­t warns that the likelihood of longer-duration droughts is significantly higher than previously thought

Canada must adopt an emergency mindset to climate change

Ice sheets on the move: How north and south poles connect

Senior parliamentarians of the 48-member Climate Vulnerable Forum met today to assess the state of international commitments ahead of a key UN climate accord deadline

A 50-Year-Old Global Warming Forecast That Still Holds Up

‘From sunny north to windy east’: What are Victoria’s renewable energy zones?

New Zealand’s government will declare a climate emergency, pledging ‘immediate action’

Flooding can help resurrect wetlands and slow climate change – here’s how

Disaster risk reduction

Scary trend: Major hurricanes in October and November — why is it happening?

A systems exploration of the COVID-19 crisis

New Climate Study: Wildfires Will Burn 9.3 Million Acres Per Year Nationally; Yet Millions Continue to Move to High-Risk Areas

Philippines: Urban planning, architecture and engineering recommendations to address flooding problems

Flooding in East Africa: The impacts on and implications for cities in East Africa, with a case study of Dar es Salaam

Global modeling of seasonal mortality rates from river floods

Insurers float fast flood protection, as Britain fails to confront risk

La Niña continues, cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean returns

Global hotspots for the occurrence of compound events

Severe Wildfires Raise the Chance for Future Monstrous Blazes

Global web-based systems support flood early warning

Mitigating flood risk using low‐cost sensors and citizen science: A proof‐of‐concept study from western Nepal

Strengthening urban resilience in Morocco: Building capacity and identifying risk to better protect cities and manage disasters

Uncertainty reduction through data management in the development, validation, calibration, and operation of a hurricane vulnerability model

Practical approaches for reducing flood risks in Canada

What’s It Like to Simulate the Next Cascades Volcanic Eruption?

Boosting Weather Prediction with Machine Learning

BoM outlook warns eastern Australia could face flooding in wetter-than-average summer

Fire and ice: New database maps and classifies the dangers of glacierized volcanoes

Strengthening homes in Groningen against earthquakes

Caribbean: CDEMA launches new risk information system platform

To find a Black Swan event, think about the unthinkable

Flood resilience measurement for communities: Using online data collection

Firebreak: wildfire resilience strategies for real estate

South Sudan’s devastating floods: why there is a need for urgent resilience measures

Emergency management

As they repair Iota’s damage, Colombian survivors vow to rebuild

Lessons from around the world on fighting COVID’s second wave

Equalizing access: Ensuring people with disabilities don’t lose out in emergency shelters

What’s Missing From Community Disaster Response? The Whole Community

In the hands of a few: Disaster recovery committee networks

Ongoing impacts of flooding in South Sudan

Black Summer bushfire health impact revealed in new report

We need a nationwide Covid alert-level system to save lives and restore jobs

Rebuilding After A Wildfire? Most States Don’t Require Fire-Resistant Materials

Evidence of the effectiveness of travel-related measures during the early phase of the COVID- 19 pandemic: a rapid systematic review

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizens AND HYdrology (CANDHY): conceptualizing a transdisciplinary framework for citizen science addressing hydrological challenges

November 30 – December 4, Adaptation Week

Five rules for evidence communication

Kathy Baughman McLeod: naming heat waves like hurricanes

Girls’ Next Gen: An innovative learning to instil girls’ leadership in disaster and climate resilience

How the ABC produced the Mt Resilience Augmented Reality experience to explore a way of living with big weather and climate change

Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project: Property Level Flood Resilience – Part Five

Disaster-resilience education helps students take the lead in a changing Australia

Around the world young people are actively contributing to change

Psychology and disasters

The role of household adaptation measures in reducing vulnerability to flooding: a coupled agent-based and flood modelling approach

Geopolitical factors and mental health

Earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: a survey of public perspectives to guide warning system development

Sociology and disasters

Study suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has altered Americans attitudes toward inequality and the poor

Guwahati, India: How informal settlers are building resilience in the face of compounding shocks

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis

UNHCR warns second wave of COVID pandemic driving further violence against refugee women and girls

As two storms devastate Latin America, mapping the region’s most vulnerable


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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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