Today in disaster resilience (4 June 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Canterbury

Large mud volcano eruption in Colombia injures 1 person and forces 150 to evacuate

At least 4 people dead as heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Nepal

Flooding forces hundreds from their homes in New Zealand

Guyana – Government Distributes Relief Supplies to Flood Victims in 7 Regions

Peru has world’s worst per capita Covid toll after death data revised

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexico

Wildfires sweep across Bolivia’s Pantanal wetlands

Philippines – Tropical Storm ‘Choi-Wan’ (Dante) Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Evacuations

Brazil – Rio Negro Reaches Record Highs in Manaus

USA – 2,700 Homes Damaged in Mid-May Floods in Louisiana, Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Chile – Floods Prompt Rescues and Evacuations in South-Central Regions

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Jun 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Nyiragongo, Sangay

Colombia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Affected by Floods and Landslides in Antioquia

France – Thunderstorms Trigger Flash Floods, 50mm of Rain Falls in 1 Hour

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

CSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water

A freak cyclone destroyed Ian’s pub. A warming climate could mean more are on their way

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter

Bogota crowdsources a green transport future to hit climate goals

Cyclone Tauktae Documents a Climate Trend in the Tropics

Forecast: 40% Chance Earth To Be Hotter Than Paris Climate Agreement Goal Soon

Climate change is not gender neutral: harnessing data to empower women and girls as change agents

Human-induced global heating ‘causes over a third of heat deaths’

Wind and solar help Australia slash emissions, but no credit to Coalition

Heatwave deaths set to soar as UK summers become hotter

Cities Are Woefully Unprepared for the Havoc of Climate Change

New city ‘heat officers’ take aim at climate change’s ‘silent killer’

The Link Between Pollution and the Number of Hurricanes That Form

Paleo-ENSO influence on African environments and early modern humans

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models

Climate explained: why is the Arctic warming faster than other parts of the world?

Australian coal burnt overseas creates nearly twice the nation’s domestic emissions

Canterbury floods: Is climate change to blame for severe weather events?

Augmenting the spatial resolution of climate-change temperature projections for city planners and local decision makers

Antarctica wasn’t quite as cold during the last ice age as previously thought

Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists

U.S. cities hire specialists to counter climate change as impacts worsen

Disaster risk reduction

‘You will sterilise land from residential use’: New powers to refuse floodplain development

World’s Most Comprehensive Global Earthquake Risk Map Online

Making a Model: European meteorologists strive to make accurate storm predictions

Why hurricanes devastate some places over and over again – a meteorologist explains

A large earthquake is happening right now – but you can’t feel it

Zoning Ordinance Overhauled To Increase Community Resilience To Flooding

Mount Nyiragongo’s volcano: why it’s unique and treacherous

Bangkok improves drainage system to reduce flooding during rainy season

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Native forest logging makes bushfires worse – and to say otherwise ignores the facts

New World Bank support to protect 120,000 people against flood risks in peri-urban areas of the Senegal capital-city

Inconsistent building codes leave some states vulnerable to hurricane damage

Linked faults under Salt Lake City may elevate risk of building damage

Wildfires and global change

Economics for disaster prevention and preparedness: investment in disaster risk management in Europe makes economic sense

Emergency management

How long would it take to escape Auckland if a volcano was about to erupt?

Further assistance urgently needed for people following DRC volcano eruption

Nyiragongo Shows How A Minor Eruption Can Cause A Major Humanitarian Disaster

Destruction by Cyclone Amphan continues to haunt its survivors after one year

Canterbury floods: More stress for communities already hit by fires, quakes

Lessons for Africa from India’s deadly COVID surge

Looming hurricane season raises displacement risk

Caribbean rolls out multi-hazard preparations for hurricane season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In weather emergencies, a lack of Spanish-language information endangers the public

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

Can social media and crowdsourcing create more disaster resilient societies?

Designing tsunami risk communication with communities: A site-specific case study from Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Aotearoa New Zealand

Words into Action guide on Engaging Children and Youth in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building

Psychology and disasters

Worldviews, trust, and risk perceptions shape public acceptance of COVID-19 public health measures

Sociology and disasters

Is your floodplain management strategy working? innovative social research in the Wimmera

Floods in the neighborhood: Mapping poverty and flood risk in Indonesian cities

Geographies of the evolution of social capital legacies in response to flood disasters in rural and urban areas in Sri Lanka

Hurricane damage harms the most vulnerable, reveals inequality and social divides


Published by


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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s