Today in disaster resilience (20 August 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Five million people under evacuation order in Japan as rain batters south coast

Turkey evacuates flood victims as death toll hits 62

At least 4 people presumed dead after mudslides hit Japan

USA – State of Emergency After Flash Floods Leave 2 Dead in Arizona

Niger – 5 Killed in Niamey Flash Floods

USA – 1 Dead After Floods in El Paso, Texas

Israel asks Greece, Cyprus, Italy and France for help fighting massive wildfire

Violent M7.2 earthquake hits Haiti, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands dead and injured

B.C. wildfires lead to state of emergency in West Kelowna and terror for motorists on Coquihalla Highway

Nigeria – Severe Floods Affect Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa States

Colombia – 3 Fatalities After Floods in Meta Department

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Shabelle River

France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera

Haiti: flash floods and mudslides latest threats in earthquake-hit country

Pacific Northwest wildfires have burned 1 million more acres in 2021 compared to this time last year

Severe floods hit Germany again, destructive tornado in Lower Saxony

Thousands forced to evacuate by wildfire near Saint-Tropez

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced by Floods in Bihar

Strong M6.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu, hazardous tsunami waves possible

Caldor fire levels California town of Grizzly Flats as dry weather fuels blazes

Massive wildfire threatens Greek village outside Athens

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Addis Ababa

Turkey – 77 Dead, 34 Still Missing in Floods

USA – Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in Flagstaff Burn Areas, Arizona

Caribbean – Tropical Storm Grace Causes Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Europe – Rain Triggers Deadly Flash Floods and Mudslides in Germany, Austria and Italy

North Carolina faces ‘catastrophic’ flooding from Fred, dozens reported missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Aug 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Shiveluch, Reventador

Malaysia – 4 Dead, 2 Missing After Flash Floods in Kedah

Sweden – Flash Floods in Dalarna and Gävleborg After Record Rainfall

Sri Lanka – Floods in Central Provinces Displace 1,500

Ghana – Major Roads, Bridges and Over 100 Homes Destroyed in Upper West Region Floods

India – 20,000 Affected by Floods in 5 Districts of Assam State

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Computer Models Of Civilization Offer Routes To Ending Global Warming

How ‘living breakwaters’ could protect the coast from rising sea levels

Specifically Tailored Action Plans Combat Heat Waves in India

Climate change: floods and droughts will be greater dangers for China’s growth than earlier thought, UN scientists say

Weatherwatch: Carbon offsets easily wiped out by bad weather

Breaching tipping points would increase economic costs of climate change impacts

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2021

Seemingly small climate changes can have big consequences

Breaching climate tipping points could triple economic cost of environmental crisis, scientists warn

Too Hot to Work

IPCC report reinforces need for more investment in flood resilience

State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean

Research shines light on heatwaves and building codes in NSW

Spain confirms new highest temperature record – 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba

Climate science is now more certain than ever. Here’s how it can make a difference in Australian court cases

What the big climate report said about New Zealand

Australia widely criticised over emission reduction targets ahead of COP26 climate talks

Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record

Disaster risk reduction

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird

The importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics

Logging near towns must stop to mitigate extreme bushfire

WHO calls for ‘spirit of partnership’ in hunt for Covid-19 origins

What’s the likelihood a tsunami will happen in Lake Tahoe? Experts explain

Canvey Island to benefit from £35M investment in flood protection

‘The fire moved around it’: success story in Oregon fuels calls for prescribed burns

High-risk bushfire days in Victoria could triple by end of the century, CFA research finds

How years of fighting every wildfire helped fuel the Western megafires of today

What Could Explain the Lower COVID-19 Burden in Africa despite Considerable Circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus?

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence

Forget massive seawalls, coastal wetlands offer the best storm protection money can buy

US National Risk Index Map

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

Rapid Flood Mapping Using Multi-temporal SAR Images: An Example from Bangladesh

Devastating European Floods Test Resilience

Learning from a 100-year flood, and bad disaster movies

Emergency management

Mega-blazes put spotlight on Europe’s firefighting tactics

Children’s hospitals are swamped with Covid patients — and it may only get worse

Haitian Earthquake Situation Report #2

Death toll from Haiti earthquake soars above 700 with thousands injured

Mafia hand suspected as Italy battles wildfires

From ground zero to zero tolerance – how China learnt from its COVID response to quickly stamp out its latest outbreak

Wildfires released ‘extremely harmful’ particles

Fires, droughts, floods, power outages. The interval between disasters is shortening, or in some cases disappearing altogether

Ohio’s vaccine lottery saved more than $60m in averted healthcare costs

India is preparing for another COVID surge but low vaccine coverage leaves it vulnerable

Why I no longer think we can eliminate COVID – public health expert

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Assessing post-disaster recovery using sentiment analysis: The case of L’Aquila, Italy

Health systems in Florida are using easy-to-understand infographics to demonstrate how good the COVID vaccines are at keeping people out of the hospital

Using military language and presence might not be the best approach to COVID and public health

Stories that touch: The Flood

Psychology and disasters

Long-term Follow-up of Affected Residents After Lifting Evacuation Orders in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan: Findings from an Interview-Based Psychological Survey

Resilience among survivors in the aftermath of the 2018 Kerala flood: An avenue toward recovery

Coastal exposure and residents’ mental health in the affected areas by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Sociology and disasters

Seawalls or social recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery

‘Breaking society apart’: Unvaccinated people are angry as they face more Covid restrictions

Analysis of the state of social resilience among different socio-demographic groups during the COVID- 19 pandemic

Poorer city dwellers are missing out on the increased social interactions that are credited with driving innovation and wealth creation in large metropolises

Texas wildfire survivors’ narratives and the meaning of everyday objects

The intensity and frequency of the floods have increased in recent years and it’s creating greater vulnerabilities for women and girls


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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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