Today in disaster resilience (26 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Floods cripple Indonesia’s capital

‘Incredibly powerful’ paroxysm at Etna, lava fountains exceeding 1 000 m (3 300 feet) in height

Uganda – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Buhweju

Madagascar – Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides

Ecuador – Deadly Landslides and Floods in El Oro

Record flooding affects more than 100 000 people in Acre, northwestern Brazil

More than 59 000 people flee as Dujuan brings widespread flooding and disruption to Philippines

Indonesia – Floods Worsen in Greater Jakarta Region, 5 People Reported Dead, Over 30,000 Displaced

State of emergency declared in Madre de Dios as severe flooding leaves 15 000 people affected, Peru

South Africa and Zimbabwe – Flash Floods in Border Towns of Musina and Beitbridge

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java

Australia – Evacuations After Rivers Rise in Northern Territory

Indonesia – 3 Dead, 5 Missing After Landslide at Illegal Mine in Central Sulawesi

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono

North coast NSW floods

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fragile cities are being inundated with people feeling the impacts of climate change. How can they cope?

Scientists are divided over whether climate change is fueling extreme cold events

Governing heatwaves in Europe: comparing health policy and practices to better understand roles, responsibilities and collaboration

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

Beijing records warmest February day since 1951, China

Highlights from “The cost of climate: America’s growing flood risk”

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century energy could render five of Australia’s remaining coal plants unviable by 2025

Climate change: 5 places where global warming is a security risk

Climate crisis hitting ‘worst case scenario’, warns Environment Agency head

Inventories of extreme weather events and impacts: Implications for loss and damage from and adaptation to climate extremes

Why the climate crisis is a humanitarian emergency

ESA Glaciers Climate Change Initiative

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica

“We don’t have a credible climate policy:” Sport stars want stronger targets

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN

Climate change: West Antarctica’s Getz glaciers flowing faster

As Deaths Surge, Scientists Study the Link Between Climate Change and Avalanches

Beyond simplistic metrics: assessing global progress on adaptation to climate change

What surveying 50 countries taught us about climate action

Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry | Research report

Disaster risk reduction

How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world

The space–time cube as an approach to quantifying future wildfires in California

Farmers in Western Australia’s south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water

Cost of flood damage to U.S. homes will increase by 61% in 30 years

Why we should release New Zealand’s strangled rivers to lessen the impact of future floods

3 Canadian cities more prepared for flood now than they were five years ago

Apocalypse now: Australian bushfires and the future of urban settlements

How can we better predict extreme weather in the Mediterranean a few weeks in advance?

European Space Agency selects CGI to develop services combining artificial intelligence and earth observation for wildfire mapping

Supercomputer creates over 700,000 years of simulated earthquakes

A Looming Disaster: New Data Reveal Where Flood Damage Is An Existential Threat

On the Impacts of Observation Location, Timing, and Frequency on Flood Extent Assimilation Performance

Urban planning and nature-based solutions, keys for reducing flood risk in Panama

South Sudan: Among countries most struck by extreme weather

Emergency management

First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose

Anger toward Texas governor grows in deadly storm’s wake

The US must now commit to ensuring that COVID-19 health products will be distributed equitably and according to need at the global level

Why Ebola is back in Guinea and why the response must be different this time

Latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

The Total Flood Warning System: a review of the concept

California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’

Ten years post the Qld-wide Flooding of 2011- Who has done what, and why?

Tsunamis and tsunami warning: recent progress and future prospects

Superspreading drives the COVID pandemic — and could help to tame it

New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Natural flood management measures: A practical guide for farmers

NSW SES is one of Play School’s ‘Everyday Helpers’

Bushfire Survival Plan

Virtual Floodmobile Launch

Psychology and disasters

Willingness of households to reduce flood risk in southern France

The legacy of trauma

It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?

Sociology and disasters

The Mediating Role of Disaster Policy Implementation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Sierra Leone

They have chronic illnesses. Then, the power went out in Texas. ‘It’s been emotionally exhausting.’

Post-quake Christchurch has come a long way in 10 years, but is, in part, a confusion of contrasts and contradictions

Natural Hazards Have Unnatural Impacts—What More Can Science Do?

Assessing Social Equity in Disasters

Where do people fit into a global hazard model?

COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles

Is Covid at risk of becoming a disease of the poor?


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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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