Today in disaster resilience (30 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Around 8 000 families affected, 2 000 displaced by flooding in Burundi

Wildfires reach record high in Omsk as air pollution grips Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia

Massive landslide at Great Whale River, Quebec, Canada

As COVID-19 sweeps India, experts say cases and deaths are going unreported

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Migori County

Bolivia – Dozens Rescued After Rivers Overflow in Cochabamba

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador

India Covid: Hospitals overwhelmed as deaths pass 200,000

Government monitoring landslide site in Arctic Quebec

Philippines – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Davao City

Colombia – Floods Affect 1,700 Families in Barbacoas, Nariño

Saudi Arabia – Flash Floods Sweep Through Mecca

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

NSW planning body gives green light to Hunter Valley coalmine expansion

This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included?

“Coal has become fetishised:” Turnbull slams right-wing media, politicians

‘Hanging over the heads of communities’: Government under pressure to remove ‘zombie’ licences

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

Calls to phase out fossil fuel subsidies after speculation about net-zero emissions target

How Renewables Could Kill Off Fossil Fuel Electricity By 2035: New Report

Scott Morrison’s climate change policy is being left behind by corporate action

Australia has wasted so many years when it comes to climate change

Humanity’s greatest ally against climate change is Earth itself

In Asia, Millions Are Fleeing Climate Disasters With Little Promise of Relief

Climate tipping points may have been reached already, experts say

Climate crisis has shifted the Earth’s axis, study shows

Climate change: World’s glaciers melting at accelerating rate

US, UK, EU: Comparing the new 2030 climate targets

Without the right financial strategies, NZ’s climate change efforts will remain unfinished business

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached?

Disaster risk reduction

Sydney bushfire smoke: poor air quality warning issued after hazard reduction burns

Mangroves against the storm

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): A Salvation to Flooding in Sudan

Stanford researchers reveal that homes in floodplains are overvalued by nearly $44 billion

Multiple resilience dividends at the community level: A comparative study on disaster risk reduction interventions in different countries

Federal Government of Somalia signs ARC Treaty and MoU with African Risk Capacity to effectively address impacts of extreme weather events

Road geohazard risk management handbook

Bundaberg flood levee project hits a snag over federal funding

Emergency management

Largest firefighting plane may be sold for COVID-19 response

Fears of Covid ‘tsunami’ in Fiji after outbreak found to be Indian variant

Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough

‘We’re all in this together’: Dr Fauci says world has failed India as Covid cases surge

Preparing for a rainy day in Kurigram District

Asia-Pacific region urged to “build back better”

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Working towards data-based definitions of avalanche danger levels

How Do Volcanoes Erupt?

Volcanic hazards: What would an Emergency Manager do?

Psychology and disasters

Public perception of climate change and its impact on natural disasters

Sociology and disasters

Is Jakarta flood-resilient or are the citizens?–f1368c0b5034 Poor communities will likely need to be compensated as a result of climate change policies, study says


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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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