Today in disaster resilience (8 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical Cyclone Imogen, the first of the season, forms over Gulf, crosses coast north of Karumba

At least 2 dead & over 10,000 people evacuated from floods across Johor, Pahang & Terengganu

Deadly flash floods affect more than 15 000 families in Central Philippines

Massive landslide at Mount Silberhorn, New Zealand

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Central Province

Emergency warning issued as fast-moving bushfire advances north of Perth

Caribbean volcano rumbles back to life, MSM fake news about evacuation orders spread panic

Bolivia – Hail and Flash Floods in Sucre Leave 4 Dead, 6 Missing

North Queensland hit with intense rainfall causing flooding as BOM issues severe storm warning

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in North Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara

Sri Lanka – Thousands Affected by Floods in Batticaloa

Chennai records heaviest 24-hour January rain since 1915, India

Bushfire emergency continues north of Perth as firefighters brace for worsening conditions

North Queensland rain will continue into next week, BOM warns

More than 500 evacuated after new eruption at Merapi volcano, Indonesia

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Jan 2021: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Reventador

Namibia – Flooding in South as Rivers Overflow

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Five reasons to be optimistic about climate action

Greta Thunberg turns 18, hopes 2021 will be the ‘year of awakening’

Last year was dismal in many respects but it was a landmark for renewables in Australia

Australia records fourth-warmest year in 2020, despite La Niña

Many Indian districts ‘hotspots’ of climate change

Many Scientists Now Say Global Warming Could Stop Relatively Quickly After Emissions Go to Zero

‘The sea is rising, the climate is changing’: the lessons learned from Mozambique’s deadly cyclone

Rising seas threaten China’s long, low, and crowded coast

‘Snub’: Australia leaves 2030 climate goals unchanged in UN submission

Dozens of nations miss deadline to boost climate ambition

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments

Summer temperatures could rise faster in the UK than average global rates

Uzbekistan advances its climate change adaptation planning

Impacts of climate change on Georgia’s coastal zone: Vulnerability assessment and adaptation options

Climate adaptation solution for informal settlers in Asian coastal cities

What can COVID-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe?

Who should pick up the tab for the costs of climate change in north Queensland?

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century

How Australia can phase out coal power while maintaining energy security

Connections of climate change and variability to large and extreme forest fires in southeast Australia

Building resilience in India

As climate risks rise, U.S. urged to update flood maps and building rules

Australia’s Annual Climate Statement 2020

Disaster risk reduction

Catastrophic bushfires have led to a heightened interest in Indigenous burning practices. How do Aboriginal experts use fire to care for their land?

A new measure that can predict whether a city is prone to rain- or tide-based flooding

Public ‘Lost Confidence’ in Authorities as Floods Displace a Million People in South Sudan – Report–report/

Priorities and Effectiveness in Wildfire Management: Evidence from Fire Spread in the Western United States

Northern Australian communities need more affordable insurance

Integrating wildfire risk management and spatial planning – A historical review of two Australian planning systems

Embracing a new approach to flood risk management across socio-economic environments

This is Cat Tales, the e-newsletter of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, for November/December 2020

SERVIR Flood Mapping Service Brings Speed to Cambodia Disaster Management

USF volcanology team develops new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions

How wildfires in the Americas and tropical Africa in 2020 compared to previous years

What if Typhoon Jebi had been stronger and taken a different path?

How scientists are identifying ways to prevent the next pandemic

Strengthening disaster risk reduction and management at the local level: A report on capacity and needs assessment of six rural and urban municipalities of Nepal

Why hurricane risk modelling has to change

Global map shows nineteen percent of the global population may face a high probability of subsidence

Yet more wildfires

Flood damage and mortgage credit risk: A case study of Hurricane Harvey

Macroeconomic modeling of managing hurricane damage in the Caribbean: The case of Jamaica

Emergency management

Recommitting to help countries recover fairly from COVID-19, and with climate-resilient economies

Understanding what data tell us about COVID-19’s socio-economic impact

Study Confirms New U.K. Coronavirus Variant Is Substantially More Transmissible

Africa Left With Few Options for Vaccines, South Africa Says

As victims of typhoon-prone Philippines’ worst floods in 50 years clean up and rebuild, its disaster-risk management is back under the spotlight

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 2.85 mln: Africa CDC

One American dies from Covid-19 every 33 seconds as the vaccine rollout hits snags

South Sudan floods displace a million as hunger and diseases loom

Expressways to host more disaster shelter areas

Getting ahead of crises: A thesaurus for anticipatory humanitarian action

Coronavirus variant: Europe needs to coordinate lockdowns now to control it

Practical lessons for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic: Principles for recovery

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano Series 1

The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook

Helping Our Senior Community Prepare

Psychology and disasters

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we’ll face in 2021

Pandemic Kindness Movement

Sociology and disasters

1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating

Flood exposure and social vulnerability in the United States

To build back from COVID-19, don’t overlook informal workers


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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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