Today in disaster resilience (24 March 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cameroon – Severe Floods Hit Buea, South West Region

Malawi – 180,000 Displaced, 200 Still Missing in Cyclone Freddy Floods

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 7 Missing After Floods and Landslides in Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi

Turkey – 14 Dead, 5 Missing in Şanlıurfa and Adıyaman Floods

Brazil – Three People Killed in Landslide in Ceará State

Syria – Floods Cause Severe Damage to Displacement Camps

Strong M6.5 earthquake hits Hindu Kush at intermediate depth, Afghanistan

Vigorous eruption at Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

Fires west of Alice Springs spread, burning an estimated 100,000 hectares

Tornado damages 5 buildings and 17 vehicles in Greymouth, New Zealand

Los Angeles hit by strongest tornado in three decades: ‘It got very loud’

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Mar 2023: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Kilauea

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What is the IPCC AR6 synthesis report and why does it matter?

Solar and wind dominate India’s capacity additions in 2022

NSW swelters in record heat as firefighters battle blazes

We’re sailing towards catastrophe, but we can still turn this ship around

Tonga Eruption May Temporarily Push Earth Closer to 1.5°C of Warming

Chinese coal boom a ‘direct threat’ to 1.5C goal, analysts warn

Cyclone Freddy was the most energetic storm on record. Is it a harbinger of things to come?

What Australia could do with $368 billion on the very real climate threat

Samoa PM urges world to save Pacific people from climate crisis obliteration

AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023

Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it’s too late

NASA Uses 30-Year Satellite Record to Track and Project Rising Seas

What ocean for tomorrow? Marine ecosystems in a changing climate – Insights from the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

Leaders urged to act on Western Sydney ‘urban heat island’ crisis

Australia’s 116 new coal, oil and gas projects equate to 215 new coal power stations

UN says Australia must quit coal by 2030, reach net zero by 2040, no new coal or gas

Ice-sheet collapse and sea-level rise at the Bølling warming 14,600 years ago

Changing intensity of hydroclimatic extreme events revealed by GRACE and GRACE-FO

IPCC: ‘Severe consequences’ of further warming in disaster-hit Himalayas

Disaster risk reduction

‘We need to stop the water’: A California town’s frantic fight to save itself

How a map helps reduce risk in Madagascar

Pumps in key New Orleans flood protection system corroded in 5 years. They were meant to last 35

Historic UN water conference comes amid surge in floods, droughts

How well does a convection-permitting regional climate model represent the reverse orographic effect of extreme hourly precipitation?

Measuring global streamflow with Planet’s satellite imagery

2022 Disasters in Numbers

Hydroclimatic time series features at multiple time scales

Mechanisms by which growth and succession limit the impact of fire in a south-western Australian forested ecosystem

A global initiative to ensure that everyone on Earth is protected by early warnings by 2027

Deadly disasters in southeastern South America: flash floods and landslides of February 2022 in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro

A quake of unthinkable proportions is due in Istanbul. Residents ask if the city is prepared

Glacial Lakes Can Unleash Deadly Deluges. How Risky Are They?

This paper builds on a classical urban economics model to investigate the effects of flood management policies in a theoretical monocentric city

The relationship between multiple hazards and deprivation using open geospatial data and machine learning

Researchers design bushfire safe room that can withstand almost 1,000 degrees Celsius

After Cyclone Freddy, how to strengthen Malawi’s disaster preparedness?

Assessing directional vulnerability to wildfire

Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and landslides: How Aotearoa New Zealand manages a medley of hazards

Emergency management

Rebuilding historic urban neighborhoods after disasters: Balancing disaster risk reduction and heritage conservation after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal

Cyclone Freddy death toll in southeast Africa surpasses 500

Residents in flood-ravaged Gulf of Carpentaria enter second month without work

COVID-19: A look back on where the US succeeded and where we didn’t

Fearmongering about people fleeing disasters is a dangerous and faulty narrative

Earthquake funding gap exposes larger fault lines for emergency aid sector

‘Uncharted territory’: South Sudan’s four years of flooding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What is a heatwave?

Enhancing earthquake preparedness knowledge and practice among Nepalese immigrants residing in Japan

World Meteorological Day – 23 March 2023

What is the Emergency Alert System and when will we get messages?

Psychology and disasters

Toward Parsimony in Bias Research: A Proposed Common Framework of Belief-Consistent Information Processing for a Set of Biases

Emotions matter: EMPOWER-ing youth by integrating emotions of (chronic) disaster risk into strategies for disaster preparedness

COVID did not affect happiness around the world, study reveals

Sociology and disasters

What happened in Pajaro isn’t just a ‘natural’ disaster

Trust but verify: Validating new measures for mapping social infrastructure in cities

How Has the COVID-19 Crisis Transformed Entrepreneurs into Sustainable Leaders?

The corona pandemic and participatory governance: Responding to the vulnerabilities of secondary school students in Europe


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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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