Today in disaster resilience (15 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Landslides kill 11, injure 18 in Indonesia’s West Java

Coronavirus crisis worsens with global surges and fresh outbreaks

Deadly avalanche strikes ski resort in the world’s northernmost city of Norilsk, Russia

Record rains hit southern Thailand, leaving 3 dead and more than 58 000 households affected by floods

Albania – Families Evacuated After Floods in North

Jamaica – Flash Floods in Montego Bay

Philippines – Thousands Hit by More Floods in Central Regions

Worst flooding in 50 years leaves 6 dead, 50 000 displaced in Malaysia

Spain – Deadly Flash Floods in South After Heavy Rain From Storm Filomena

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Flooded in Bandung Regency, West Java Province

Malaysia – Almost 2,000 Displaced by Floods in Sabah

Southeastern Europe – Floods Prompt Evacuations in Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania and Kosovo

Turkey drought: Istanbul could run out of water in 45 days

Category 5 atmospheric river brings flooding rain and strong winds to Oregon and Washington, U.S.

Namibia – Heavy Rain Continues, Flash Floods in Windhoek

Indonesia – Thousands of Homes Damaged After Floods in West Sumatra

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jan 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Reventador, Sangay

USA – 1 Missing After Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Oregon

Tanzania – Severe Flooding in Mtwara Region After Torrential Rainfall

Indonesia – Thousands of Families Affected by Floods in South Kalimantan Province

Turkey – Flash Floods in Izmir

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy

Global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say

2020 ties with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record, EU climate change service

Climate change activists want COP26 to build on the momentum of 2020

CO2 levels seen more than 50% above pre-industrial levels in 2021

Climate change: Africa’s green energy transition ‘unlikely’ this decade

UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate change

Norway’s comprehensive climate action plan

Australia’s Black Summer a climate wake-up call

Awareness of urban climate adaptation strategies – An international overview

As the Arctic melts, a regime shift is taking place

Decoupling of the Arctic Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation in a warmer climate

New Zealand records seventh-hottest year, with extreme weather more likely

The cities most impacted by sea level rise

Ghosts of Glaciers Past Hint at Future Climate Challenges

The state of the climate in 2021

Climate change is responsible for billions of dollars in flood costs, study says

Hurricanes, wildfires, and heat dominated U.S. weather in 2020

Rising sea levels visibly transforming parts of coastal region around Kakadu National Park

Climate crisis: record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather

Earth to reach temperature tipping point in next 20 to 30 years, new study finds

Locally led adaption to climate change: the start of a 10-year learning journey

‘Heat refuges’ may be one solution to Western Sydney’s climate emergency

If we want to understand global heating, we have to examine ocean temperature trends

The world is facing ‘catastrophic’ global warming, with 2020 among the hottest years on record, UN warns

2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says

Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weather

UN Adaptation Gap Report 2020

As World’s Deltas Sink, Rising Seas Are Far from Only Culprit

Can SE Asian workers take the heat? Researchers tackle rising temperatures

Disaster risk reduction

In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States

Natural hazard figures for 2020

Monitoring rainfall for early warning: Peru’s ingenious solutions

Practical action and early warning systems

Long-term improvement in precautions for flood risk mitigation: A case study in the low-lying area of central Vietnam

Exposure to natural hazard events unassociated with policy change for improved disaster risk reduction

ASEAN achieves a milestone towards regional disaster risk reduction

Australian bushfires 2019–20: Exploring the short-term health impacts

The changing risk and burden of wildfire in the United States

Contribution of historical precipitation change to US flood damages

Has Haiti built back better? 11 years after the devastating earthquake

Advanced tools reveal critical infrastructure connections and help mitigate disasters

How do we limit the impact of disasters in a country with a very high risk index?

The European Commission publishes the new report on disaster risks in the EU

Emergency management

One in five in England have had Covid, modelling suggests

The Japanese authorities understood covid-19 better than most

Southern Queensland still in drought while northern region battles floods

After a record 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, it’s time to overhaul US disaster policy – here’s how

Asking people to prepare for fire is pointless if they can’t afford to do it. It’s time we subsidised fire prevention

Disaster during a pandemic: Lessons from 2020 flooding in South Japan

Droughts, floods, super typhoons. But 2020’s extreme weather was eclipsed by COVID

Literature review on law and disaster recovery and reconstruction

COVID-19 impact in India

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How the children of Cobargo are moving on from a year marked by bushfires and a pandemic

How does drowning happen and how can you prevent it?

Creating virtual geologic mapping exercises in a changing world

What you do makes a difference: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021 launches to help protect homes and neighborhoods

Citizen science is booming during the pandemic

Muntinlupa inaugurates its Mobile Learning Hub, the first innovative roving ‘learning bus’ in Metro Manila to teach disaster resilience

How To Build A 2 Week Emergency Food Supply

From Grug to The Fire Wombat: six books to help kids deal with bushfire anxiety

Here’s how Seattleites should prepare for an earthquake

Psychology and disasters

How students are making sense of the Black Summer bushfires

How do people perceive flood risk? Findings from a public survey in Tuscany, Italy

Sociology and disasters

How racial and gender equality are critical for building climate resilience

Learning from population displacement in the Pacific: Case study of the 2017-2018 eruption of the Ambae volcano, Vanuatu

Social Ties, Mobility, and COVID-19 spread 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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