Today in disaster resilience (23 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Merkel visits areas devastated by ‘terrifying’ floods as death toll reaches 190 in Europe https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210718-merkel-to-visit-areas-devastated-by-floods-in-germany-as-death-toll-in-europe-tops-180

US firefighters bracing for dangerous weather as 70 wildfires burn across California and Oregon https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/us-wildfires-burn-across-california-oregon-dangerous-weather/100302756

India – at Least 20 Killed in Mumbai Landslides and Floodshttps://floodlist.com/asia/india-mumbai-landslides-july-2021

Oman – Floods After 200mm of Rain Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued https://floodlist.com/asia/oman-floods-july-2021

Luxembourg – Dozens Evacuated After Record Rainfall Causes Rivers to Break Banks https://floodlist.com/europe/luxembourg-floods-july-2021

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in Arizona https://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-arizona-july-2021

Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million, says study https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57888460

Thunderstorms and lightning threaten to spur more fires in US west https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/20/us-west-wildfires-bootleg-fire-oregon

Heavy flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/20/heavy-flooding-hits-central-china-affecting-tens-of-millions

Nigeria – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Taraba State https://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-taraba-july-2021

USA – Flash Floods Cause Chaos in Alabama https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-alabama-july-2021

Iran – 8 Dead as Flash Floods and Storms Affect 15 Provinces https://floodlist.com/asia/iran-flash-floods-july-2021

Canada’s BC declares state of emergency as wildfires surge https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/20/canada-bc-declares-state-of-emergency-as-wildfires-surge

At least 25 dead in China as province deluged by heaviest rains in 1,000 years https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/death-toll-rises-china-henan-province-historic-rains-n1274579

Romania – Evacuations, 1 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/europe/romania-floods-july-2021

Germany floods: 155 still missing as hopes of further rescues fade https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/21/germany-floods-one-hundred-fifty-five-still-missing-hope-further-rescue-fade

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Jul 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/136115/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Jul-2021-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Sangay-Lew.html

Indonesia – More Than 5,000 Families Displaced by Floods in West Kalimantan https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-kalimantan-july-2021

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Colorado and New Mexico https://floodlist.com/america/usa/flash-floods-colorado-new-mexico-july-2021

Tajikistan – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Strike Sughd Region https://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-floods-mudslides-july-2021

China – Over 350,000 Evacuated, 33 Dead, 8 Missing After Zhengzhou and Henan Floods https://floodlist.com/asia/china-henan-zhengzhou-floods-update-july-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why a killer US heatwave points to a stifling future for our cities https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/why-a-killer-us-heatwave-points-to-a-stifling-future-for-our-cities-20210716-p58ae9.html

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/climate/europe-floods-climate-change.html

Germany needs better climate policy, Merkel says from flooded region https://www.dw.com/en/germany-needs-better-climate-policy-merkel-says-from-flooded-region-live-updates/a-58304082

How climate change fueled the devastating floods in Germany and northwest Europe https://www.vox.com/22577431/germany-flooding-europe-climate-change

Climate change: Science failed to predict flood and heat intensity https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57863205

Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/16/climate-scientists-shocked-by-scale-of-floods-in-germany

Boston On List Of Cities With Worst Urban Heat, Where Temperatures Can Spike 15-20 Degrees In A Matter Of Blocks https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/07/15/urban-heat-islands-cities-list-boston-climate-central/

Warmer weather ‘loading the dice’ towards more intense rainfall, scientists say https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/125789352/warmer-weather-loading-the-dice-towards-more-intense-rainfall-scientists-say

Warming Indian Ocean sets stage for spring floods in NSW and Victoria https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/warming-indian-ocean-sets-stage-for-spring-floods-in-nsw-and-victoria-20210720-p58be6.html

Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means https://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-warning-what-first-ever-met-office-alert-means-164757

The Northern Hemisphere has a punishing heat wave infestation https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/07/20/heat-wave-northern-hemisphere/

Siberia hit by unprecedented heatwave and forest fires – video report https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/jul/20/siberia-hit-by-unprecedented-heatwave-and-forest-fires-video-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

US cities are working to shore up their flood defenses in the face of climate change, building and upgrading pumps, storm drains, and other infrastructure https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/07/20/1029748/cities-infrastructure-prevent-flooding/

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event https://climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/preliminary-analysis-concludes-pacific-northwest-heat-wave-was-1000-year

Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/catastrophic-floods-could-hit-europe-far-more-often-study-finds

Scientific proof points to more intense and longer hot spells ahead https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/scientific-proof-points-to-more-intenseand-longer-hot-spells-ahead-40674337.html

Extreme heat waves in urban areas are much more likely than previously thought https://cee.illinois.edu/news/new-modeling-technique-shows-greater-likelihood-frequency-extreme-heat-events-urban-areas

Climate-Driven Changes in Clouds are Likely to Amplify Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19072021/climate-driven-changes-in-clouds-are-likely-to-amplify-global-warming/

This catastrophic summer even has climate scientists worried https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/07/21/news/climate-change-scientists-heat-wave-summer

What makes a resilient landscape? Climate, fire, and forests in the Northern Rockies https://www.nrfirescience.org/resource/23344

The record-smashing Pacific Northwest heat wave suggests that climate change has forced us past a threshold for temperatures https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/this-summer-could-change-our-understanding-of-extreme-heat?

Germany floods: Can we tell if extreme weather is linked to climate change? https://news.trust.org/item/20210716170026-viwbq/

California weighs first step in ‘managed retreat’ from rising Pacific https://news.trust.org/item/20210720091734-1d84f/

How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-the-dynamics-of-a-heating-planet-are-driving-extreme-weather-20210722-p58c1c.html

From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-germany-floods-expose-climate-vulnerability-2021-07-22/

Scientists are worried by how fast the climate crisis has amplified extreme weather https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/world/climate-change-extreme-weather-speed-cmd-intl/index.html

Emissions Could Hit New Record by 2023 Without More Green Spending https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-20/less-than-15-of-covid-19-recovery-spending-went-to-green-energy

Summer in the city: Improving community resilience to extreme summertime heat in Northern Manhattan https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79073

Disaster risk reduction

Bob Carr appeals to UNESCO over Warragamba Dam https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/bob-carr-appeals-to-unesco-over-warragamba-dam-20210718-p58aq4.html

Why did Europe’s flood warning system so lethally fail? https://newseu.cgtn.com/news/2021-07-17/Why-did-Europe-s-flood-warning-system-so-lethally-fail–11YtoG2cGU8/index.html

Satellites over Europe track massive floods in Germany and Belgium https://www.space.com/satellites-monitor-flooding-in-germany-belgium-july-2021

How can the UN help prevent another Beirut disaster? https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/08/1070582

AIDR joins Resilience Valuation Initiative https://www.aidr.org.au/news/aidr-joins-resilience-valuation-initiative/

Europe’s flood tragedy didn’t have to be this severe https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/19/opinions/europe-flood-climate-change-evacuations-speight/index.html

Europe’s deadly floods leave scientists stunned https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/europe-s-deadly-floods-leave-scientists-stunned

Deadly floods inundated parts of Europe, but the Netherlands avoided fatalities. Here’s why https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/19/world/netherlands-germany-flood-defense-warning-system-intl-cmd/index.html

Report from Europe’s flood zone: researcher calls out early warning system gridlock amid shocking loss of life https://theconversation.com/report-from-europes-flood-zone-researcher-calls-out-early-warning-system-gridlock-amid-shocking-loss-of-life-164648

New web platform for planning flood prevention in cities https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/media-and-communication/news/details/article/new-web-platform-for-planning-flood-prevention-in-cities/

Saving lives and livelihoods through flood protection in Cameroon https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/07/06/saving-lives-and-livelihoods-through-flood-protection-in-cameroon

ADB approves $35 million project to reduce landslide risk in Kyrgyz Republic https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79028

As coastal flooding worsens, some cities are retreating from the water https://theconversation.com/as-coastal-flooding-worsens-some-cities-are-retreating-from-the-water-164463

Earthquake Retrofitting: Everything You Need To Know https://www.regionalfoundationrepair.com/foundation-repair/earthquake-retrofitting/

PG&E plans a 10-year effort to put power lines underground to reduce fire risk https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/business/energy-environment/pge-underground-powerlines-wildfires.html

Plans in place to protect large area of Yukon from unprecedented flooding https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/plans-in-place-to-protect-large-area-of-yukon-from-unprecedented-flooding-1.5516849

Critical Disaster Studies book https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/toc/16276_toc.html

Europe’s catastrophic flooding was forecast well in advance – what went so wrong? https://theconversation.com/europes-catastrophic-flooding-was-forecast-well-in-advance-what-went-so-wrong-164818

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it https://theconversation.com/we-cant-predict-the-next-wildfire-disaster-but-we-can-plan-for-it-164232

Reducing flood risk through the modelling of Nature-Based Solutions https://www.ambientalrisk.com/reducing-flood-risk-through-the-modelling-of-nature-based-solutions/

Probabilistic tsunami hazard and exposure assessment for the pacific islands- Fiji https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004192?via%3Dihub

Managing city-scale slow-onset disasters: Learning from Cape Town’s 2015–2018 drought disaster planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921004209?via%3Dihub

Forecasting Wildfire Intensity https://www.nbcbayarea.com/weather/climate-discussion-forecasting-wildfire-intensity/2600183/

Barrie tornado: Engineering professor calls for building code changes, review of damaged homes https://globalnews.ca/news/8035812/barrie-tornado-homes-roofs-damages-ontario-building-code/

Emergency management

Massive ‘Fire Clouds’ Are Dropping Embers On Firefighters Battling US’s Biggest Blaze https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/massive-fire-clouds-are-dropping-embers-on-firefighters-battling-uss-biggest-blaze/

England will soon abandon almost all coronavirus restrictions. The Netherlands shows what could happen next https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/freedom-day-looms-in-england-despite-coronavirus-surge/100295326

Flooding in Germany: Before and after images from the Ahr and Eifel regions https://www.dw.com/en/flooding-in-germany-before-and-after-images-from-the-ahr-and-eifel-regions/a-58299008

Residential fire fatality and injury strategy: towards zero fatalities https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/residential-fire-fatality-and-injury-strategy-towards-zero-fatalities

Using diversity and inclusion to strengthen capability in emergency management https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/99

Delta Variant Accounts for 83% of Known U.S. Covid-19 Cases https://www.wsj.com/articles/delta-variant-accounts-for-83-of-known-covid-19-cases-11626807019

Leverages and obstacles facing post-cyclone recovery in Saint-Martin, Caribbean: Between the ‘window of opportunity’ and the ‘systemic risk’? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353251882_Leverages_and_obstacles_facing_post-cyclone_recovery_in_Saint-Martin_Caribbean_Between_the_%27window_of_opportunity%27_and_the_%27systemic_risk%27

Austrian man saves Turkish neighbors from raging floods https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/diaspora/austrian-man-saves-turkish-neighbors-from-raging-floods

Ministry prepares for 2021-2022 cyclone season https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/79029

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: all eyes on Indonesia https://theconversation.com/covid-19-in-southeast-asia-all-eyes-on-indonesia-164244

Child cases of Covid-19 are rising as schools gear up to reopen https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/health/covid-children-cases-schools-reopening/index.html

How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01986-w

Central Europe staggers toward recovery from catastrophic flooding: more than 200 killed https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/07/central-europe-staggers-toward-recovery-from-catastrophic-flooding-more-than-200-killed/

Preparedness to respond effectively to multiple hazards https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2021/07/19/preparedness-to-respond-effectively-to-multiple-hazards/

US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/22/us-covid-cases-rise-delta-variant?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Henan floods: aerial images show devastation in Chinese province – video https://www.theguardian.com/weather/video/2021/jul/22/henan-floods-aerial-images-show-flood-devastation-in-chinese-province-video

Fighting wildfires in western WA requires different approaches https://crosscut.com/opinion/2021/07/fighting-wildfires-western-wa-requires-different-approaches

China breaches dam to divert deadly flooding https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/07/21/china-breaches-dam-to-divert-deadly-flooding/

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether https://www.circleofblue.org/2021/world/the-disasters-are-exhausting-emergency-response/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Facebook Clashes with the US Government Over Vaccine Misinformation https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-clashes-with-the-us-government-over-vaccine-misinformation/603509/

Final draft of the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook has been submitted for approval https://www.aidr.org.au/news/two-aidr-handbooks-submitted-for-ema-approval/

Unit: Disaster Resilience Education – Years 7 & 8 https://www.coolaustralia.org/unit/disaster-resilience-education-years-7-8/

Amateur Radio Responds to Flooding in Western Europe https://qrznow.com/amateur-radio-responds-to-flooding-in-western-europe/

Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/merkel-heads-flood-zone-facing-questions-over-preparedness-2021-07-20/

Using community resilience vision statements to build flood resilience in Bangladesh https://floodresilience.net/blogs/community-resilience-vision-statements-build-flood-resilience-in-bangladesh/

Psychology and disasters

New research guides mental health support for young adult volunteers https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/new-research-guides-mental-health-support-for-young-adult-volunteers

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health response to mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London bridge and borough market terror attack https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353345579_A_qualitative_evaluation_of_Southwark_Council’s_public_health_response_to_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_bridge_and_borough_market_terror_attack

Sociology and disasters

Does the shock of natural hazard-associated disasters affect the authority of regional governments? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0143622821001363?via%3Dihub

Back to basics: Gender equity and social inclusion in flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/gender-equity-and-social-inclusion-in-flood-resilience/

Exploring the interactions between vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to extreme temperatures https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79044

An unequal pandemic: insights and evidence from communities and civil society organisations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/79011

Bowling alone or distancing together? The role of social capital in excess death rates from COVID19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953621005736?via%3Dihub#

A social model of secondary stressors in relation to disasters, major incidents and conflict: Implications for practice https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420921003976?via%3Dihub

In Europe and Central Asia, the poor lose more when disaster strikes https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2021/07/20/in-europe-and-central-asia-the-poor-lose-more-when-disaster-strikes

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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