Today in disaster resilience (12 August 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cuba still fighting massive blaze after lightning strikes Matanzas Supertanker Base

Major flash flooding hits Death Valley after nearly a year’s worth of rain in a couple of hours, California

Gundagai homes protected despite major flooding along Murrumbidgee River

Fourth person reported drowned in New Mexico wildfire area floods

Colombia – 21 Buildings Collapse After Floods in Antioquia

Senegal – Deadly Flash Floods in Dakar

Mexico – Two Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods in Sonora

9 dead, 6 missing in record rainfall in Seoul, surrounding areas

The Horn of Africa is in the grips of a deadly drought as threat of famine looms

Extremely heavy rainfall battering parts of northern Japan

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Aug 2022: Popocatépetl volcano, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima

‘Fire tornado’ produced by Sam Fire in Los Angeles, California

‘We fought all night’: A thousand firefighters battle Bordeaux blaze

Sudan – Floods and Heavy Rain Leave 25 Dead, 5,800 Homes Destroyed

Venezuela – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Barinas, Táchira and Miranda

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Germany’s Economy Is Carried on the Rhine’s Shrinking Back

Temperatures rise as France tackles its worst drought on record

Climate change: Tears of joy as US bill clears Senate hurdle

Mapped – Attributing extreme weather to climate change

New Zealand has launched a plan to prepare for inevitable climate change impacts: 5 areas where the hard work starts now

Business can no longer ignore extreme heat events – it’s becoming a danger to the bottom line

Over half of known human pathogenic diseases can be aggravated by climate change

Weather agency: July was Spain’s hottest month on record

A volcano is erupting again in Iceland. Is climate change causing more eruptions?

Is a 43 per cent emissions cut enough?

Europe’s worst ever drought: in pictures

Kenyan youth help climate-hit communities prepare for disaster

Satellite data shows Antarctic sea ice is at it’s lowest July level since monitoring began

Response of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to past and future climate change

Too little, too late for people seeking climate relief

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the planet, new research shows

America’s summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say

Land temperatures on the rise, weather fluctuations more severe, Europe space chief says

Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’

Simultaneous extreme heat and drought events have consequences in a variety of areas

Disaster risk reduction

Raising Warragamba Dam is not the best flood mitigation strategy, Premier

Abandoned mines and poor oversight worsened Kentucky flooding, attorneys say

Brillhart builds resilient house on stilts to withstand Miami’s floods and hurricanes

Development of disaster risk reduction policy in Thailand

New tool to provide a harmonised fire risk assessment across the Pan-European region

Prescribed fires: Why they’re still trusted despite runaway blaze

Machine learning approaches are proactively mitigating the risk of bushfires caused by powerlines, ensuring the safe and regular supply of power to business and communities

MP joins chorus of voices calling for the NSW government to act on floods

USask researchers explore how floods and droughts are challenging science and society globally

Swamped by public outcry, Oregon withdraws controversial wildfire risk map

‘Dry lightning’ sparked the most destructive wildfires in California

53 million Nigerians at risk of flooding, environmental expert warn

Kashmir’s flood management plan faces heavy criticism

Estimating undisclosed flood risk in real estate transactions

Using Water Resources More Sustainably with a Hydrological Database

Oregon State researchers develop framework for modeling post-earthquake infrastructure resilience

A wet spring: what is a ‘negative Indian Ocean Dipole’ and why does it mean more rain for Australia’s east?

Modelling urban sewer flooding and quantitative microbial risk assessment: A critical review

As floodwaters hurtled towards Lismore, several rain and river gauges stopped working

Identification of floodwater source areas in Nepal using SCIMAP-Flood

Multiple factors make Afghan communities vulnerable to earthquakes

Modelling the behaviour of corporations during the flood damage recovery process using multi-agent deep reinforcement learning

Physically based cold regions river flood prediction in data-sparse regions: The Yukon River Basin flow forecasting system

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide

Emergency management

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Does BA.5 spread more easily outdoors than previous variants?

Firefighters ‘stretched to the limit’ and running out of crew as service braces for another UK heatwave

Northern NSW flood report probing government response to be released today

Parliamentary flood report finds SES and Resilience NSW failed Lismore, northern NSW communities

Hawkesbury Community Alliance calls on NSW government to act now on urgent flood mitigation

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Machine learning model uses social media for more accurate wildfire monitoring

Residents Vote on Tax for Wildfire Mitigation and Response

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has ramped up its ongoing efforts to educate the community about home fire safety

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Health of Minority and Marginalized Young People: An Opportunity for Action

Climate change and extreme heat are making us more anxious

Sociology and disasters

Status and Social Capital: A Cross-Sectional Quantitative Investigation of Flood Survivors in South Punjab, Pakistan

Do disasters trigger protests? A conceptual view of the connection between disasters, injustice, and protests—The case of COVID-19

These communities are trapped in harm’s way as climate disasters mount

Beating the Heat: Investing in Pro-Poor Solutions for Urban Resilience


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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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