Today in disaster resilience (22 January 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay

New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna’s Southeast Crater, Italy

Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed

Syria – Floods in Displacement Camps in Idlib and Aleppo

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

Around 2,000 homes and businesses in Manchester told to evacuate due to flooding fears

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Eloise Leaves Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced

Brazil – Flash Floods and Landslides in São Paulo and Minas Gerais

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change blamed for a third of U.S. flood losses in past 3 decades

Powerful winds spark new blazes in California’s year-round fire ‘season’

Health warnings as ‘intense’ heatwave to hit NSW until Australia Day

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison

Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president

Legal bid to stop UK building Europe’s biggest gas power plant fails

Five reasons to be optimistic about clean energy in 2021

Keeping it local: Engaging communities in climate resilience projects in Yangon

Disaster risk reduction

The link between tropical cyclones and heatwaves

Accurate forecasts of rainfall can help save lives and livelihoods from drought in Sub-Saharan Africa

These are the world’s greatest threats in 2021

NZ landslides more dangerous than quakes

Invited perspectives: Building sustainable and resilient communities – recommended actions for natural hazard scientists

A risk analysis of COVID‐19 infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS based study

The global risks report 2021, 16th edition

The National Risk Index: Discover the landscape of natural hazard risk in the United States

Emergency management

A Really Bad Idea! “Caught on video: Japan emergency callers will be able to send footage to police”

Mask-wearing and control of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the USA: a cross-sectional study

Biden outlines vaccine plan, requires masks on flights

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here’s how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs

Individual action, community good: coming together to save ourselves and the planet

For eyewitness accounts of earthquake shaking, representation matters

Using community resilience vision statements to engage communities in Bangladesh

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID‑19 spread in Japan

Strengthening urban resilience in Amman, Jordan, to mitigate flash floods and protect vulnerable communities


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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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