Today in disaster resilience (7 April 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 26 as clean-up efforts begin

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Indonesia – Floods in Central Kalimantan Damage 4,000 Homes

Latvia – Augšdaugava Communities Isolated After Daugava River Floods

Pakistan – 11 Dead as Rain and Flash Floods Cause Houses to Collapse in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Democratic Republic of the Congo – 20 Killed in North Kivu Landslide

Ethiopia – 240,000 Impacted by Heavy Rains and Floods, 29 Dead, Says UN

Kenya – More Fatalities After Floods in South

Italy – Deadly Flash Floods in Calabria

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia has a carbon price for industry – and it may infuse greater climate action

‘Slipping through our fingers’: New Zealand scientists distraught at scale of glacier loss

Back-to-Back Hurricanes Could Become Common by 2100

‘Losing your home is a massive thing’: how the climate crisis came to Norfolk

‘Tornado alley’ is shifting farther into the US east, climate scientists warn

Climate risks could prompt a rethink of planned SEQ dam upgrades

Underestimated mass loss from lake-terminating glaciers in the greater Himalaya

For Uganda’s Vanishing Glaciers, Time Is Running Out

In Fiji, the climate crisis is no longer off in the future – it’s a daily reality

Disaster risk reduction

A new book examines the extent of biodiversity loss caused by Australia’s Black Summer wildfires and what lessons our country must learn

Historical Hurricane Tracks – GIS Map Viewer

In 5 charts: continued high losses from natural catastrophes in 2022

Extreme flooding controlled by stream network organization and flow regime

International Journal of Wildland Fire

New UNC study quantifies $562M in financial risk from Hurricane Florence using novel modeling approach that evaluates risk of mortgage default and property abandonment

Satellites reveal hotspots of global river extent change

Why the U.S. leads the world in weather catastrophes

Flood risk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A consideration of flood defences in a broadscale hydraulic model

The timing of decreasing coastal flood protection due to sea-level rise

A systematic review of natural flood management modelling: Approaches, limitations, and potential solutions

Importance of catchment hydrological processes and calibration of hydrological-hydrodynamic rainfall-runoff models in small rural catchments

Flood vulnerability and risk assessment of historic urban areas: Vulnerability evaluation, derivation of depth-damage curves and cost–benefit analysis of flood adaptation measures applied to the historic city centre of Tomar, Portugal

Disaster risk out of control despite global agreement to stop them

UC geography study finds detention basins often work best

Emergency management

The UN Secretary-General has called for every person on Earth to be protected by early warning systems within five years by 2027

England’s automated flood alerts to be permanent despite inaccuracy warnings

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Indigenous knowledge offers solutions, but its use must be based on meaningful collaboration with Indigenous communities

Psychology and disasters

Personality Traits and Types of Housing Recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The effects of secondary stressors, social identity, and social support on perceived stress and resilience: Findings from the COVID-19 pandemic

Geopsychiatry and social psychiatry

Survey: 37% of evacuees who fled Fukushima may have PTSD

Sociology and disasters

Social Safety Theory: Conceptual foundation, underlying mechanisms, and future directions

Tornado destruction highlights low-income disaster preparedness challenges

Bonding, bridging, linking social capital as mutually reinforcing elements in adaptive capacity development to flood hazard: Insights from rural Bangladesh

This study illuminates how congregations adapted to an unfolding crisis in real-time and reveals areas of organizational learning and vulnerability

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

New Conceptual Model of Social Sustainability: Review from Past Concepts and Ideas


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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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