Today in disaster resilience (5 August 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Severe flash floods and mudslides leave at least 53 people dead, Iran

Flash floods kill over 300 in Pakistan as more monsoon rain is forecast

How two 1-in-1,000 year rain events hit the U.S. in two days

At least 22 dead, many missing after rivers burst banks in Uganda’s Mbale District

Four siblings among the 28 people killed in devastating Kentucky flooding

Volcano near Iceland’s capital, main airport erupts again after 8-month pause

Wildfire burning near ski resort forces evacuation of hundreds

US high tide flooding breaks records in multiple locations

The Gambia – Floods Leave Homes and Roads Damaged, Two Fatalities Reported

Sri Lanka – Over 2,000 Displaced and 3 Dead After Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Aug 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu

More than 540 000 people ordered to evacuate as heavy rainfall hits Japan

4 people killed and more than 100 structures destroyed in McKinney Fire – California’s largest in deadliest fire of the season

More than 500 people killed, thousands of homes destroyed as record-breaking rains hit Pakistan

Nigeria – Deadly Floods in Jigawa State

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Summer Is Hot, but This Is Abnormal

Confronting climate change means sharing power

Loss of tourism fears as European heatwaves cause record melting of glaciers

‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert

Reconstructing volcanic eruptions to help scientists predict climate risks: USask research

Major consensus reached on Australian climate risk reporting

Climate change is intensifying the water cycle, bringing more powerful storms and flooding – here’s what the science shows

In Greece, and across Europe, the mercury is rapidly rising. So is the desperation

Climate endgame: risk of human extinction ‘dangerously underexplored’

Global urban exposure to extreme heat

Troubling new research shows warm waters rushing towards the world’s biggest ice sheet in Antarctica

Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios

Regional towns look to community batteries as renewable energy solution

Floods are getting more common. Do you know your risk?

Climate disinformation leaves lasting mark as world heats

Spain orders temperature limits for businesses in sweeping energy saving decree

‘Sleepwalking to disaster’: Biology prof on how climate change is wreaking havoc on our lakes

New Zealand releases its first national plan to protect against climate-driven disasters

Current and projected regional economic impacts of heatwaves in Europe

Borderless Heat Hazards With Bordered Impacts

Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Moves Forward as German Judges Arrive in Peru

As the rate of global warming hastens, snow-covered areas in Australia and abroad could take on a completely different complexion by 2050

Betting on the best case: higher end warming is underrepresented in research

Australia’s climate change targets will become law. What happens now?

Disaster risk reduction

‘These seas have stolen front yards’: Sydney beaches at risk of being washed away

Predicting earthquakes using ionospheric total electron content anomalies- study

Outback in bloom as floodwaters travel hundreds of kilometres into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

High-resolution satellite products improve hydrological modeling in northern Italy

NOAA Tool Now Brings Disaster Risk, Vulnerability Down to Community Level

New Zealand’s White Island is likely to erupt violently again, but a new alert system could give hours of warning and save lives

BOM declares negative Indian Ocean Dipole, likely to add to unrelenting rain in Australia’s east

Johor govt finding ways to prevent flash floods

Heat Turned McKinney Fire into Deadly, Unstoppable Monster

Adapting to flood risk: Evidence from global cities

Nine Reasons Why Extreme Floods may be Worse Than Expected

What is a flash flood? A civil engineer explains

Explorers just uncovered Australia’s deepest cave. A hydrogeologist explains how they form

The future of disaster resiliency and the need for a global vulnerability index

Data vs disaster: Inside the Philippines’ natural emergency preparedness programme

Extreme Weather Loss and Damage Estimation Using a Hybrid Simulation Technique

Latest outlooks for Atlantic hurricane season: Less frenzied, but still above average

The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management

Changing compound rainfall events in Tasmania

Emergency management

How the omicron subvariant BA.5 became a master of disguise – and what it means for the current COVID-19 surge

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky

The forgotten valley: town left in disarray from recent floods buys walkie talkies to communicate

A 17-year-old swam out of her flooded home with her dog and waited for hours on a roof to be rescued

Why is Monkeypox Evolving So Fast?

Habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore and South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say

Undisclosed Flood Damage Financially Soaks Home Buyers

NSW government will move to dismantle Resilience NSW following independent flood inquiry

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency

When Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours

Responding to a Volcanic Eruption, a Virtual Experience to Reality

Smoke from raging wildfires can harm health

Community preparedness program in the UK #30days30waysUK

Psychology and disasters

Why take the risk? Exploring the psychosocial determinants of floodwater driving

The July heatwave that brought chaos to London has changed the way Brits see the sun

Far from home: Infrastructure, access to essential services, and risk perceptions about hazard weather events

Sociology and disasters

Why gender-specific data is critical to manage disaster risk

UGA research: Wildfires disproportionately affect the poor

Income and Insurability as Factors in Wildfire Risk


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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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