Today in disaster resilience (20 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Large explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy

India – 5 Fatalities After Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides in Assam and Meghalaya

Canada – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Kazakhstan – Houses Destroyed After Landslide in Almaty Region

India – Over 400,000 Affected as Floods Worsen in Assam

Thailand – Floods Affect Hundreds of Households in Northern Provinces

Massive New Mexico Wildfires Endangers Multiple Ski Resorts

Why millions of people across Africa are facing extreme hunger

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 May 2022: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fires, floods and food security: how climate change became a local issue this election

NSW and Queensland flooded the same week a major climate report was released. We need to talk about it

South Africa’s April floods made twice as likely by climate crisis, scientists say

Sea level along the world’s coastlines can be measured by a network of virtual altimetry stations

Shut down fossil fuel production sites early to avoid climate chaos, says study

Renewable electricity powered California just shy of 100% for the first time in history

Waters with high heat content expected in Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season

Climate change is already causing damage. How can Canada deal with it now?

Heat and health: Dar es Salaam’s informal settlements need help

In Nepal, 2 Major Climate Disasters in a Single Year Highlight the Need to Build Resilience

The longest river in Italy is drying up. What does this mean for those who rely on it for food?

Heat is a neglected and poorly understood public health threat

Climate change has made old measures predicting weather events in Australia ‘essentially worthless’

Delta scientists report four ways to save deltas from sea level rise

How climate law can help to prevent the next pandemic

Quantifying climate risk goes mainstream

Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans

Lismore faced monster floods all but alone. We must get better at climate adaptation, and fast

Disaster risk reduction

What future activity could look like at Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

Model unlocks real-time estimation of large earthquakes and provides earlier warning of tsunamis

How to reduce risks of flooding in and around urban areas

‘Like 20 tip trucks pouring sand on every metre-wide strip’: how extreme storms can replenish beaches, not just erode them

The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but ‘not unprecedented’

Why Washington’s Rainier is One of the Most Dangerous Volcanoes in the United States

New early warning system aids rapid response to life-threatening landslides in Philippines

A comprehensive review on structural tsunami countermeasures

Highlights From “Fueling the Flames”

High rates of landscape degradation not product of landscape fires

Building Community Climate Resilience with Compound-Flood Modeling Tools

Sediment Residence Times in Large Rivers Quantified Using a Cosmogenic Nuclides Based Transport Model and Implications for Buffering of Continental Erosion Signals

The NHDPlus HR is a geospatial dataset depicting the flow of water across the Nation’s landscapes and through the stream network

Flood forces Brisbane council to pause projects for ‘biggest-ever rebuild’

Emergency management

Only 7% of 5-11s in England have had Covid jab as parents hesitate

The pandemic’s reported death toll will soon reach 1 million people in the United States

Why the fight against COVID appears to have stalled in the U.S.

Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot

Fight against forest fires: Algeria will charter six water bombers this summer

New plan for fighting fires presented

Watch? Warning? How we communicate severe weather in Canada

Choose your collaborators wisely: Addressing interdependent tasks through collaboration in responding to wildfire disasters

Extreme weather pushes number of people forced to leave home to record high

Disaster education, communications and engagement

When roads become rivers: forming a Plan B can stop people driving into floodwaters

What is Vulnerability?

New map poster offers a bird’s-eye view of Mount St. Helens

Prompt and accurate information is vital in a pandemic – the climate and biodiversity crises demand the same urgency

Colours and maps for communicating natural hazards to users with and without colour vision deficiency

Reporting extreme weather and climate change: a guide for journalists

What is storm surge? It’s often a hurricane’s deadliest and most destructive threat

Psychology and disasters

How can Covid-19 affect the human brain?

Sociology and disasters

Action brief: Gender and disaster risk reduction and response in the context of COVID-19: The Asia-Pacific Region

COVID-19 likely to worsen inequalities for at least five years without renewed global cooperation, warns International Science Council


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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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