Today in disaster resilience (16 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Western Region

Bulgaria – Hundreds Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Plovdiv Province

Senegal – Floods in Dakar Leave 3 Dead

Two people dead and 132 buildings destroyed as fire sweeps through Californian town of Weed

South Korea – 2 Dead, 10 Missing After Typhoon Hinnamnor Triggers Floods

Mexico – 4 Dead in Nuevo León After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods

South Africa – Mining Dam in Jagersfontein Collapses Leaving 3 Dead, 4 Missing

Nepal – 5 Dead, 10 Missing After Floods in Darchula

Portugal – Floods and Landslides Cause Severe Damage in Manteigas

Typhoon Muifa pounds eastern China with strong gales, rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Good news – there’s a clean energy gold rush under way

‘Climate disaster of biblical proportions’: Pakistan minister warns flood damage will exceed $10 billion

Can we survive extreme heat?

Changing climate the reason floods in Pakistan are so devastatin

The sedimentological death mask of a dying glacier

Rapid retreat of Thwaites Glacier in the pre-satellite era

La Niña under way in the tropical Pacific

Climate Council outlines 10 steps to beat government’s 43pc emissions reduction target

Heat waves are getting worse. When will L.A. get around to offering bus riders more shade?

The Gomeroi people have fought Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project for a decade. They hope a novel climate change argument could help them win

This summer has been a glimpse into Europe’s hot, dry future

World heading into ‘uncharted territory of destruction’, says climate report

United in Science report: “Without much more ambitious action, the physical and socioeconomic impacts of climate change will be increasingly devastating”

Unprecedented in the 44 years of continuous satellite monitoring, a late season heat wave and melt event occurred in Greenland from September 2 to 5

Victorian water report highlights need for new sources as climate change hits supplies

Switching to renewable energy could save trillions – study

There’s a new map of climate disasters in America

California becomes first US state to begin ranking extreme heat wave events

Anchoring Climate Change Risk Assessment in Core Business Decisions in Insurance | Research report

Ice mass loss sensitivity to the Antarctic ice sheet basal thermal state

Hottest summer on record for Europe and China during Northern Hemisphere’s 2nd-hottest summer

Australia is funding just one-tenth of its fair share of global climate action, study finds

Modeling the Dynamic Response of River Deltas to Sea-Level Rise Acceleration

‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult

Video games get a new boss monster: Climate change

Mountain glacier at Queulat National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region collapses amid ‘abnormal’ high temperatures

Satellites now get full-year view of Arctic sea-ice

Pakistan floods ‘made up to 50% worse by global heating’

Uni- and multivariate bias adjustment methods in Nordic catchments: Complexity and performance in a changing climate

Disaster risk reduction

The Floods Devastating Pakistan Are More Than a Natural Disaster

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

An Integrated Approach Toward Smart and Resilient Cities

Caught Between Extremes: Understanding Human-Water Interactions During Drought-To-Flood Events in the Horn of Africa

‘Russian roulette’: Dam levels rising as officials debate safe storage

Layering interventions is necessary to address loss and damage effectively

Which Rainfall Errors Can Hydrologic Models Handle? Implications for Using Satellite-Derived Products in Sparsely Gauged Catchments

MAT.TRIGRS (V1.0): A new open-source tool for predicting spatiotemporal distribution of rainfall-induced landslides

Estimated 30,000 megalitres of water lost after cotton property Cubbie Station’s dam collapses

Homebuyers With Access to Flood-Risk Data Bid on Lower-Risk Homes

New AI system predicts how to prevent wildfires

A case for retreat in the age of fire as dozens of wildfires threaten homes in the West

CRED Crunch newsletter details the disaster-related events of the first half of 2022

How countries can better cope with flood risk

The impacts of many disasters could be reduced if the connections between risks were taken into account

University of the Sunshine Coast academics discuss the prospect of another summer of extreme rainfall for eastern Australia on the back of catastrophic flooding earlier this year

Monitoring the Health of Our Planet using Earth Observations

Fagradalsfjall eruption unusual in many ways compared to other eruptions

Emergency management

Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan breach lake in an effort to save densely populated areas

Australia’s COVID-19 cases and death numbers will no longer be published daily

Pakistan ‘still in danger’ and flooding may take up to 6 months to recede, authorities say

Brisbane offers sandbags to residents as fears of another flood intensify due to La Niña forecast

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness

Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) inform decisions on medical care during a large-scale crisis

The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies

Communities urged to prepare for third La Nina

Do you know how to evacuate a building efficiently?

Fears of more flooding as Pakistan death toll crosses 1,400

Health services ‘begging for help’ six months after deadly floods

Imagining COVID is ‘like the flu’ is cutting thousands of lives short. It’s time to wake up

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Capacity Building Through Stakeholder Training in Media and Communication for Effective Disaster Management

Disaster Communication and Trust

Disaster Management and Communication Technology: The Prospect of Social Media

New Landslide Reporting Tool Uses Social Media and AI

This study aims to enhance understanding of how individuals experiencing homelessness or who are precariously housed are considered in emergency and risk communication planning

National Preparedness Month

Bill Nye talks about his new disaster series, “The End is Nye”

Why heat wave warnings are falling short in the U.S.

Eight Principles for Effective and Inviting Climate Communication

Psychology and disasters

Disaster vulnerability and community resilience factors affecting post-disaster wellness: A longitudinal analysis of the survey on the Change of Life of Disaster Victim

Hurricane Harvey’s hardest hit survivors five times as likely to experience anxiety from COVID-19 pandemic

Disaster Preparedness: Earthquakes and Tsunamis the Top Concern for Japanese Homeowners

Research finds educators need mental health support following hurricanes

Sociology and disasters

Exploring the Social Effects of Disasters: Causes, Consequences, and Mitigation

The challenges of dynamic vulnerability and how to assess it

In the Shadow of Tungurahua: Disaster Politics in Highland Ecuador


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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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