Today in disaster resilience (19 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW and Victoria floods: rivers break banks as rain and wind lash Australia’s eastern states

River towns Forbes, Cowra, Cottons Weir and Nanami brace for flooding as dam spills

Strong and shallow M6.0 and M6.4 earthquakes hit southern Iran

Floods overwhelm Lagos communities, wreck 25 vehicles

Italy – 1 Dead, Many Rescued After Floods in Sardinia

Egypt – 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured After Floods Trigger Scorpion Infestation

Torrential rain, floods and mudslides cut Vancouver off from rest of Canada by road

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

Canada and USA – Hundreds Rescued or Evacuated After Floods and Landslides in West

Bolivia – Deadly Flash Floods in La Paz Department

Destructive tornado hits Sicily, killing one and injuring 2 others, Italy

Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Pacific Island leaders vow to ‘phase up’ climate diplomacy after COP26

‘You can’t live in a swamp’: Virginia fishing village threatened by rising sea levels

COP26 Wrap: Australian and global reactions to the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’

Cop26: the goal of 1.5C of climate heating is alive, but only just

New Ways for Dynamical Prediction of Extreme Heat Waves

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

‘Watered-down hope’: Experts wanted more from climate pact

The Keeling Curve is a daily record of global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration maintained by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

Greta Thunberg: ‘COP26 even watered down the blah, blah, blah’

COP26 deal: how rich countries failed to meet their obligations to the rest of the world

We need to design housing for Indigenous communities that can withstand the impacts of climate change

Climate change is supercharging the water cycle, making the heaviest rains of each year heavier

Dark roofs ditched, commercial buildings must be net-zero from 2022: NSW Planning Minister

UK Institutions Are Woefully Underestimating the Risks They Face From Climate

Global warming speeds up the frequency of extreme hot weather and rainfall

Deforestation can raise local temperatures by up to 4.5℃ – and heat untouched areas 6km away

Did COP26 deliver for flood prone communities across the globe?

5 sustainable solutions to help tackle extreme heat in South Asia

Climate hazards are increasing in frequency and severity across Europe; new regional overview published

Disaster risk reduction

Flood control lessons from the Dutch as we enter a wetter future

Hewlett Packard Enterprise builds supercomputer to improve weather predictions for Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and The Netherlands

Fifth Arab Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rabat

Does Future Miami Really Flood Like That?

Natural hazards and climate change are not drivers of disasters

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Tropical cyclone frequency

Using risk management principles to protect vulnerable communities from climate-related disasters

Global patterns of disaster and climate risk—an analysis of the consistency of leading index-based assessments and their results

Seismic shockwave pattern may be redirecting earthquake damage

8 major cities that are threatened by wildfires right now

How bad is the Pacific north-west flooding and what caused it?

Expanding our ML-based flood forecasting

Forecasting Compound Floods in Complex Coastal Regions

Using Drones to Fight Floods

Europe’s COVID death toll could rise by hundreds of thousands

Canada struggles to reach 18,000 stranded by flood waters

Valuing the Impacts of Landslides: A Choice Experiment Approach

Emergency management

Covid is surging in Europe. Experts say it’s a warning for the U.S.

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare

Germany: Building back sustainably after a flood

No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID

U.S. Forest Service: We do not have a ‘let it burn’ wildfire policy. We never have

Europe’s least-vaccinated countries are back in pandemic crisis

Agricultural disaster after record rains cause catastrophic floods in British Columbia, Canada

It could take weeks to begin repairing ‘unprecedented’ damage to B.C.’s highway system, experts say

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter

cop26 Twitter NodeXL SNA Map and Report

Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a Landslide

Mobile Alert and Warning in the United States and Japan: Confronting the Challenges of International Harmonization

Psychology and disasters

B.C. farmers in a terrible dilemma: Stay to protect their animals or leave them behind

Correlating heatwaves and relative humidity with suicide (fatal intentional self-harm)

Sociology and disasters

Will the Climate Crisis Cause the Collapse of Society?


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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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