Today in disaster resilience (26 November 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain in India leaves 17 dead, dozens missing as rescue teams look for survivors

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Floods After Rivers Overflow in Chocó

Panama – Deadly Flash Floods in Panama Province

India – Andhra Pradesh Floods Turn Deadly

Indonesia – Floods Affect Over 25,000 in Sumatra, 4 Killed in Java Landslide

La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Nov 2021: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Semeru, Grímsvötn

Spain – Floods in North Prompt Evacuations and Helicopter Rescues

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Extreme heat events jeopardize cardiovascular health, experts warn

Hot in the city: can a ban on dark roofs cool Sydney?

‘An invisible hazard’: Warming cities hire chief heat officers to tackle growing threat

Warming Events Could Destabilize The Antarctic Ice Sheet Soon. Very Soon

‘Inconceivable’: Hunter coal plan may spell disaster for prime wine country

A physical and virtual Hub at COP26 and the home of Race to Resilience

Hurricanes expected to linger over Northeast cities, causing greater damage

Countries may be under-reporting their greenhouse gas emissions – that’s why accurate monitoring is crucial

Canada’s flood havoc after summer heatwave shows how climate disasters combine to do extra damage

In major shift, experts say climate change finally being recognized as public health issue

Dancing on the edge of climate disaster

Canadians increasingly impatient with climate-change deniers: poll

The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?

New homes in England to have electric car chargers by law

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun

The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research shows

Adapting to rising sea levels in Marshall Islands

Government warns climate crisis is increasing risk of flooding ahead of extra wet winter

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests

Canada’s climate change efforts going from ‘failure to failure,’ says commissioner’s report

Germany to fast-track coal exit to 2030, and 80 pct renewables under new coalition

Disaster risk reduction

A new empirical equation for predicting the maximum initial amplitude of submarine landslide-generated waves

The Future of Flooding in Canada

Building the case for a flood forecasting and early warning system in Senegal using satellite climate and environmental data

A doomed Sumas dike failed as predicted. Many other levees could be next

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones

Effectiveness of an adaptive flood management strategy using riparian risk assessment and a tolerability criterion

Practice makes perfect: forecast-based action in Mali

Flood funding slashed in reconciliation package

Enhancing West Africa’s resiliency against flooding

This report appeals to relevant stakeholders to take actions that not only support SMEs, but promote overall resilience and mutual benefit

Integrated flood management based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach

Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be?

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment

Treasure-trove of 2010-2016 Canterbury earthquake liquefaction case histories shared

Emergency management

Military joins efforts to rescue animals in Abbotsford flood zone

Severe Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

Covid vaccines: How fast is progress around the world?

New push in Arizona to study cancer dangers for wildland firefighters

Emergency managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white men. Susamma Seeley wants to change that

NSW Ambulance sorry for failing to protect female paramedic from repeated sexual harassment by Upper Hunter station manager

Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate

Bulk of Africa’s doctors and nurses are battling the pandemic without Covid vaccine protection, says WHO

Cost of damage from B.C. flooding could be ‘catastrophic,’ expert says

Solomons police overrun, Australia deploying support personnel

Do Wisconsin’s local fire and emergency medical services need resuscitation?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prize-winning photos capture the grit and suffering of flood survivors in South Sudan

Climate Change Education provides one of the most important channels to address inequities and empower children and youth globally as proactive drivers of change

Citizen Science for Disasters: A Guide for Community Groups

Flood resilience building through local community action in ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia

How would you cope in a London flood? Take this two minute test

 Psychology and disasters

Floods and wildfires are now normal life in small-town Canada

Feeling anxious about climate change? Experts say you’re not alone

Development and evaluation of a VR research tool to study wayfinding behaviour in a multi-story building

The pandemic and children’s long term emotional and social development

Sociology and disasters

The benefits of social infrastructure and civic ties in uncertain times

Disaster Anthropology


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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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