Today in disaster resilience (13 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

US averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day

Greece wildfires: Hundreds more evacuated as uncontrolled fires rage

Dangerous fire conditions continue as dozens of wildfires devastate the West

El Salvador – Heavy Rain and Flash Floods Affect 4 Departments

India – Madhya Pradesh Floods Death Toll Rises to 24

South Sudan – 90,000 Affected by Floods Since Start of Rainy Season

Mexico – Homes Destroyed by Flash Floods in Coahuila and Durango

Indonesia – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in 5 Provinces

Thousands forced to evacuate as massive wildfire spreads through Greek island of Evia

Over 350 villages inundated across Uttar Pradesh, India

Severe flash floods hit Coahuila and Durango, Mexico

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan

USA – Flash Floods Hit Omaha, Nebraska After Heavy Rain

Floods in North Korea destroy hundreds of homes

India – Hundreds of Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh, 9 People Dead

Russia – Far East Faces Another Wave of Floods as Rivers Rise Again

Ethiopia – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Afar Region

China – 80,000 Evacuate Floods in Sichuan

Death toll rises in Sudan floods

Floods hit Turkey’s north after south ravaged by wildfires

Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Merapi, Shiveluch

Turkey – Floods in Black Sea Region Leave 6 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Injured

India – 7 Rivers Above Danger Mark in Bihar, Floods Affect Over 250,000

Central African Republic – Thousands Affected After Floods and Rain Destroy Homes in Bangui

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

Apocalyptic fire and rain as UN climate report looms

Italy and Spain are next: brutal heatwave with near +46 °C will be baking southern Europe

World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat

Australia ‘lagging at the back of the pack’ of OECD countries on climate action, analysis finds

The world is on the brink of ‘catastrophe,’ leader of next UN climate talks warns

234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the IPCC climate report – here’s what you need to know and why it’s a big deal

Reduce methane or face climate catastrophe, scientists warn

Climate Change 2021: IPCC Sixth Climate Change Assessment Report

Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet

Some Past Sea Levels May Not Have Been as High as Thought, Says Study of Rising and Sinking Landmasses

Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

A New Climate Change Report Without Much New Overall

Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions – but the technology remains a powerful tool

Sea level projection tool

‘We’re not about to back down’: how climate experts hold hope despite the IPCC report

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

How Do We Predict Climate Change?

How we can transform our energy system to achieve net-zero emissions

United States of Wildfire

The water cycle is intensifying as the climate warms, IPCC report warns – that means more intense storms and flooding

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change

What does the latest IPCC report mean for Australia?

Mediterranean faces fiercer heatwaves, drought, fires: UN draft report

Insurers Won’t Save a Heating World From Floods and Fire

New heat record in Italy as ‘Lucifer’ sweeps in

Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record

‘How high above sea level am I?’ If you’ve googled this, you’re likely asking the wrong question — an expert explains

Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report

Defunct NSW coal mine belches 1 million tonnes of CO2 without penalty

Insights for African countries from the latest climate change projections

Disaster risk reduction

Here’s why $1.7 billion in hurricane levee work is needed in the New Orleans area

Uttarakhand CM launches India’s first earthquake early warning mobile app developed by IIT-Roorkee

China’s high-tech anti-flood efforts show innovation strengths

3 wildfire lessons for forest towns as Dixie Fire destroys historic Greenville, California

York flooding: Build defences outside city, council says

Turkey spent only fraction of forest protection budget before wildfires erupted

Global catastrophic risk from lower magnitude volcanic eruptions

Satellite-based tools provide regional perspectives on landslide hazards, help assess risks in near-real time, and guide emergency responses

Cost–benefit analysis of flood mitigation measures: a case study employing high-performance hydraulic and damage modelling

Integrating Multiple Research Methods to Unravel the Complexity of Human-Water Systems

Navigating trade-offs between dams and river conservation

Stanford researchers use artificial intelligence to unlock extreme weather mysteries

Integrated management of surface water and groundwater to mitigate flood risks and water scarcity in arid and semi-arid regions

Seismic risk management through insurance and its sensitivity to uncertainty in the hazard model

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management?

The East Asian Covid-19 Paradox

Italy’s Mount Etna – Europe’s Tallest Active Volcano Has A New Summit

Watch Venice’s new $7 billion Flood Defense System in action

Coral Reef Restorations Can Be Optimized to Reduce Coastal Flooding Hazards

Planning and Suitability Assessment of Large-scale Nature-based Solutions for Flood-risk Reduction

Emergency management

Fires in Europe: EU steps up its aid and sends planes and firefighters–eu-steps-up-its-aid-and-sends-planes-and-firefighters.BJXGBu5RyF.html

Government publishes detailed list of countries helping in fire-fighting

Long wait for flood compensation was ‘not acceptable’: Manitoba auditor general

Method to extract difficult-to-evacuate areas by using tsunami evacuation simulation and numerical analysis

Russian AN-124 to Deliver Australian Water Bombers to Greece to aid in wildfire Emergency

Israel to expand use of COVID drug that gets 88% of patients out of hospital

Car ‘graveyard’ a monument to the power of China’s record floods

What can we improve now to prepare for future catastrophic and cascading disasters?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These games will test your know-how in a wide range of emergencies and teach you how to build the emergency kit

Adaptive governance and community resilience to cyclones in coastal Bangladesh: Addressing the problem of fit, social learning, and institutional collaboration

Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery

Psychology and disasters

‘People can’t sleep’: Rhondda valley flood leaves climate fear in its wake

There Are More Than 50 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

‘We can’t let this happen’: How ordinary people handle climate distress

Resources for working with climate emotions

Why understanding community behaviour matters for flood risk management?

Sociology and disasters

In the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, women are risking to pay a higher price for the crisis than men

Hispanic people more likely to die at home from COVID-19 in North Carolina

Does social capital contribute to prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic? Empirical evidence from China

Bleak future feared for Asia’s disaster-prone poor after UN climate report

Infographic: Understanding societal resilience & risk awareness


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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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