Today in disaster resilience (19 August 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood warnings as heavy rains fall across Tasmania, threatening to break records for August

Major wildfire in Spain forces the evacuation of 1,500

Flash flood in Las Vegas claims 2 lives, wettest monsoon season in a decade

Rainy season death toll in Sudan surpasses 50

Gambia experiences worst floods in nearly half a century

Chad – Weeks of Rain and Floods Leave 22 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

Thousands of homes destroyed, 50 people killed after torrential rains hit Nigeria

7 lives lost after severe flash floods hit Pengzhou, China

South East Asia – Storm Mulan Triggers Floods Leaving 5 Dead and 4 Missing

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave Over 30 Dead in Parwan

Mexico – More Flash Floods in Sonora Leave 3 Dead

USA – State of Emergency Declared After Floods in West Virginia

Storms and flash floods hit southern England

New Zealand flooding: State of emergency declared

Spain wildfires: up to 20 injured after passengers break out of train engulfed by flames

Pakistan floods kill 580 and bring misery to millions

Algeria forest fires: At least 38 dead, emergency officials say

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Aug 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

Cameroon – Flooding and Landslides Cause Death and Damage in Western Areas

India – 60,000 Evacuate Floods in Odisha

China – Deadly Flash Floods in Northwest Qinghai Province

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Vanuatu, one of the most climate-vulnerable countries, launches ambitious climate plan

Antarctica ice melt is accelerating, and research says an overlooked coastal current is to blame

How extreme weather could force travellers to revamp their vacation plans — now and in the future

Study Examines Impact of Rising Global Temperatures on Economic Growth

Mortality Caused by Heatwaves in China Has Increased since 1979

The U.S. could see a new ‘extreme heat belt’ by 2053

What Are Multiform Floods? One More Thing to Worry about with Climate Change

For 110 years, climate change has been in the news. Are we finally ready to listen?

Using propane in air conditioners could prevent 0.1°C of warming

700,000 years of tropical Andean glaciation

New research reveals that wildfires can influence El Niño

Climate change makes catastrophic flood twice as likely, study shows

After deluge, climate change fears make S.Korea prioritise Seoul flood defences

La Niña sea temperatures driving floods in Australia and drought in the United States and Africa

Cities are often 10-15 °C hotter than their rural surroundings

New research from First Street Foundation analyzes the prevalence of increasing extreme temperatures and dangerous heat wave events throughout the contiguous United States

EU-New Zealand agreement raises the bar on climate action in trade deals

Climate change: ‘Staggering’ rate of global tree losses from fires

Will you live on America’s ‘extreme heat belt’ in 30 years? Chicagoans should pay attention

China witnessing strongest heat wave in six decades; long-lasting high temperatures to become new normal in the future

Themed issue explores complex systems problems facing the planet

Roadmap for Climate Reform

Global rainfall erosivity projections for 2050 and 2070

Scientists synthesize four decades of climate change research

Tundra burns helped make the 2022 Alaska fire season one of the biggest since 1950

Disaster risk reduction

Mechanisms of rock slope failures triggered by the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake and implications for landslide susceptibility

Engineers explore innovative ways to improve resilience of coastal structures

Using nature and data to weather coastal storms

Can rethinking insurance help flood-affected communities to recover faster?

Building a more resilient post-earthquake future in Haiti

Deep-learning seismology

Superstorms and Megafloods – How Concerned Should California Be?

Slow earthquakes rumble through the Pacific Northwest

Tornadoes in Europe: An Underestimated Threat

Minister announces new measures to bolster UK’s resilience

As rising seas swamp South Carolina’s shores, some coastal communities are left unprotected

NSW 2022 Flood Inquiry report recommends flood zone buy backs, changes to disaster response

46,000 people in Sydney could fail to evacuate in future flood, report says

The NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) will host an invite-only co-design workshop in response to the recent devastating floods in NSW on 23 August 2022

Risk of volcano catastrophe ‘a roll of the dice’, say experts

Insurance costs could increase massively as climate risk rises

Huge volcanic eruptions: time to prepare

New Data Confirms: Forest Fires Are Getting Worse

Global Forest Watch map

Tapping into digital for more effective disaster risk management in Malawi

Emergency management

Community events cancelled, emergency services stretched as volunteer numbers fall

Rethinking Relocation Assistance for More Equitable Outcomes

How does monkeypox spread? What scientists know

The Pandemic’s Soft Closing

Emergency housing rollout across flood-hit NSW north coast a ‘dog’s breakfast’, critics say

Sensor research helps fight wildfires

Five key issues raised in 2022 NSW flood inquiry

Wildlife recovery spending after Australia’s last megafires was one-thirteenth the $2.7 billion needed

The role of satellite information in forecasting, modeling, and mapping the 2019 Mozambique flood

Arizona firefighters rescue 25 people, including infant, during flooding in Bear Canyon

Lockdown effects feared to be killing more people than Covid

More than half of people infected with omicron may not know it

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Emergency alert system to launch in October across Great Britain

This tool lets you see how many hot days your home could swelter through in the future

Today’s heat waves feel a lot hotter than heat index implies

Gamifying Community Education for Enhanced Disaster Resilience: An Effectiveness Testing Study from Australia

Psychology and disasters

Confronting Climate Anxiety

Neurological and psychiatric risk trajectories after SARS-CoV-2 infection: an analysis of 2-year retrospective cohort studies including 1 284 437 patients

Sociology and disasters

Key Influencing Factors and Optimization Strategy of Epidemic Resilience in Urban Communities—A Case Study of Nanjing, China

Did Sweden’s controversial COVID strategy pay off? In many ways it did – but it let the elderly down

Uneven paths: Soft Policy’s benefits to recovery in Louisiana Parishes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

Conditions in prisons during heat waves pose deadly threats to incarcerated people and prison staff

The impacts of human-induced climate change are exacerbating social and economic inequalities of indigenous peoples – A case study from Bangladesh


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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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