Today in disaster resilience (25 November 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

UK – One Missing After Flash Floods in Scotland, 140mm of Rain in 48 Hours

Venezuela – 4 Fatalities After Floods in Táchira and Mérida

Major flood emergency declared in the Riverland as floodwaters continue to rise

Indonesia: Java quake kills 162 and injures hundreds

Rwanda and DRC – Over 40 Killed in Floods and Landslides

Albania – 2 Missing, Several Evacuated After Floods in Shkodra and Lezha

Euabalong residents to be flown out of town, Moulamein residents isolated

45 people injured during severe shaking caused by M6.1 earthquake in western Turkey

50 homes damaged after strong tornado hits Marpingen, Germany

Widespread power outages after very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hit Solomon Islands

Italy – Floods and Storm Surge Prompt Rescues and Evacuations

Panama – Deadly Landslide in Colón, Floods Damage Homes in Los Santos and Herrera

Record-breaking rains cause devastating flash floods in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

South Australia floods could be worst since 1970s as Murray River to peak twice in December

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Nov 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Portugal – 2 Dead After Heavy Rains Trigger Landslide in Esposende

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This platform displays census-tract level surface urban heat island (SUHI) intensities (daytime and nighttime estimates for summer, winter, and the whole year) for US urbanized areas

Cop27 is a chance to go further and faster with renewable energy

‘We can do the impossible’: how key players reacted to end of Cop27 climate summit

A deal on loss and damage, but a blow to 1.5C – what will be Cop27’s legacy?

‘No safe place’: Kiribati seeks donors to raise islands from encroaching seas

Climate change exacerbated heavy rainfall leading to large scale flooding in highly vulnerable communities in West Africa

The cryosphere raises a “red flag”

Sea level rise to dramatically speed up erosion of rock coastlines by 2100

COP27 Summit Yields ‘Historic Win’ for Climate Reparations but Falls Short on Emissions Reductions

Arctic carbon conveyor belt discovered

Warming seasons!

State of the Climate 2022 Report: Australia is projected to experience continued increase in air temperatures, more heat extremes and short-duration heavy-rainfall events

State of the climate: what Australians need to know about major new report

Large parts of Europe are warming twice as fast as the planet on average

A climate scientist’s personal reckoning

Ministers from 40+ countries join forces for the 2022 Climate and Clean Air Ministerial

Forest fire threatens global carbon sinks and population centres under rising atmospheric water demand

Climate change is costing trillions — and low-income countries are paying the price

2021 North American heatwave amplified by climate change-driven nonlinear interactions

COP27: Africa took climate action into own hands, Asia must too

Climate-fuelled disasters: warning people is good, but stopping the disaster is best. Here are 4 possible ways to do it

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake early warning in countries where damaging earthquakes only occur every 50 to 150 years – The societal perspective

As New South Wales reels, many are asking why it’s flooding in places where it’s never flooded before

Heatwave emergency warning system for Australia

Outdated Whatcom County flood maps pose problems

Tonga volcanic eruption reshaped Pacific seafloor

‘Like a shotgun’: Tongan eruption is largest ever recorded

Monitoring ‘frothy’ magma gases could help evade disaster

Detecting smaller earthquakes could improve forecasting of larger temblors

Flood risk management through a resilience lens

New research has found we are failing to take climate change into account when considering current and future rainfall extremes

Drivers and implications of the extreme 2022 wildfire season in Southwest Europe

Why are shallow earthquakes more destructive? The disaster in Java is a devastating example

Exploring the deep: drones offer new ways to monitor sea floor

Using satellites for faster flood information

The Australian Parliament has passed amendments to ensure up to $200 million a year in disaster funding focuses solely on mitigating the impacts of disasters related to natural hazards

Glacial lake outburst flood hazard under current and future conditions: worst-case scenarios in a transboundary Himalayan basin

Machine Learning in Earthquake Seismology

In cold, dry Mongolia floods are now common – with devastating urban impacts

Low-cost sensor records the level of rivers: Measurement method developed at the University of Bonn could be suitable for flood warning systems

Factors influencing flood damage mitigation among micro and small businesses in Kampala, Uganda

Dreaming of beachfront real estate? Much of Florida’s coast is at risk of storm erosion that can cause homes to collapse, as Daytona just saw

Emergency management

First came the rain, now mosquitoes in plague numbers torment flood-hit areas

Simulation Exercises (SIMEX) are used by emergency managers to take proactive measures in preparing for effective response

The critical role of emergency operations centers in saving lives when disasters strike

So what has America learned since Hurricane Katrina? Study reveals only marginal improvements with respect to evacuation planning in America’s 50 largest cities

Many Still Without Housing After Montana’s June Floods

Promising universal flu vaccine could protect against 20 strains

Over 20,000 died in western Europe’s summer heatwaves, figures show

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A Broken Twitter Means Broken Disaster Response

Beating the heat in South African cities: Lessons from a citizen science assessment

Twitter Chaos Endangers Public Safety, Emergency Managers Warn

Implementing participatory nature-based solutions in the Global South

Growing polarization around climate change on social media

Supporting flood-prone communities in Bangladesh with local Resilience Agents

Psychology and disasters

A toolkit for understanding and addressing climate scepticism

Have your flood story heard in online survey: Community experiences of the 2022 eastern Australia floods

Sociology and disasters

Women and girls most vulnerable to climate change


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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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