Today in disaster resilience (12 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flooding damages hundreds of buildings, strands 14 000 people in Piura, Peru

Extensive damage in New Caledonia after passage of Tropical Cyclone “Niran”

Algeria – 10 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods in Chlef Province

Severe flash floods hit Malacca, Malaysia

Heavy rains cause flash flooding in southern Spain

Brazil – Storm in Espírito Santo Leaves 1 Dead, Houses and Hospitals Damaged

USA – Evacuations After Dam Breach in Maui, Hawaii

Taal volcano alert status raised to Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest), Philippines

Hawaii governor declares emergency after floods and landslides

San Cristobal volcano erupts, heavy ash blankets the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Bolivia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in Pando

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Extremely dangerous’: how much of the heat can western Sydney bear?

Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia

UK coal mine plan pits local needs against global green ambitions

‘Closures any day’: Coal-fired power plants in peril as prices plunge

Climate change impacts and adaptation in Europe, focusing on extremes and adaptation until the 2030s

Assessing the U.S. Climate in February 2021

Global heating pushes tropical regions towards limits of human livability

Climate crisis: Relative sea levels rising ‘up to four times faster’ in coastal cities, due to widespread subsidence

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

US urged to cut 50% of emissions by 2030 to spur other countries to action

Going Under? Brazil’s Hospitals at Risk as Climate Change Brings More Floods

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities

It’s unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here’s how we do it

Sea level rise is increasing fastest in populous coastal areas, study says

China leads world’s biggest increase in wind power capacity

Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

More than 100 Australian faith groups have teamed up to demand greater action on climate change

Australians face a hotter future if our cities don’t do more to cool ‘heat islands’, report finds

Endless Summer? Climate Crisis Could Lengthen Hottest Temperatures by Six Months

Attribution of the Australian bushfire risk to anthropogenic climate change

U.S. must slash emissions by at least 57% to meet Paris climate target- report

A methodological framework for determining an optimal coastal protection strategy against storm surges and sea level rise

Disaster risk reduction

Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before

Heavier Precipitation Is Straining U.S. Dams and Levees

Millions of U.S. homes face an expensive flooding threat

Component 2 of Serbia national disaster risk management plan (NDRMP): Flood hazard and risk mapping

Upstream communities face a flooded future

NSW’s vision for the future dependent on flood modelling

Floods in Indian Rivers: Are Dams and Embankments the Solution or the Problem?

Non-structural measures should be given priority for flood management: Report

La Niña could supercharge this year’s tornado season, just like it did to deadly effect in 2011

5 strategies to prepare now for the next pandemic

What aren’t we learning from our un-natural disasters?

An application of flood risk analysis for impact based forecasting in Kenya

Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin

Bushfire policy must be guided by science and is best left to the experts

Bid to protect controversial Warragamba Dam wall raising from legal challenges

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire predicted a decade before, memo shows

From tsunamis to climate change and pandemics, procrastination costs lives

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community

The ministerial request that would clear 145,000 football fields of NSW land

New USGS Strategy Harnesses State-of-the-Art Science to Tackle Wildfires Before, During and After the Flames

Flood warning infrastructure network in Queensland gets millions for upgrade

Quantifying merging fire behaviour phenomena using unmanned aerial vehicle technology

Emergency management

Remembering Christchurch, Strengthening USAR

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts

Ten years after the Fukushima Daiichi accident

Role of crisis management and civil protection in COVID-19 pandemic

Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say

Leadership in humanitarian action: Handbook for the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

Rethinking disease preparedness: Incertitude and the politics of knowledge

Cyclone Amphan: Building back with resilient infrastructure and community engagement

Efforts made to archive 2011 Japan disaster data to pass on lessons

A viral tsunami: How the underestimated coronavirus took over the world

Building back better from the crisis: What will it take for the poorest countries?

Japan mourns lost souls 10 years after earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis

Fukushima: ten years on from the disaster, was Japan’s response right?

Philippines looks to improve disaster preparedness with geospatial tech

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Play School: Everyday Helpers

Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater?

Social Media Tools: Definitive Guide

COVID-19 discourse on Twitter: Case study of risk communication in four Asian countries

Stories from the frontline: Japanese staff of the UN reflect on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Would you have been ready for a tsunami?

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do?

Century-Old ‘Tsunami Stones’ Saved Lives In The Tohoku Earthquake Of 2011

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’

Spatial knowledge and flood preparedness in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Sociology and disasters

‘Vaccine Holidays’ Are a Symbol of the New Covid Inequality

The UN Women’s multi-hazard approach to disaster risk resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Disaster recovery among older adults: Exploring the intersection of vulnerability and resilience

Six women leading the way towards resilience

Three reflections on gender in disaster risk management

Why has the UK’s COVID death toll been so high? Inequality may have played a role

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

Women of Fire

Slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil leaves indigenous at risk

Poorest people will suffer worst from cities’ heat


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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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