Today in disaster resilience (29 March 2019)

disaster

Please find links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Death toll from southern Africa cyclone, floods exceeds 700 https://in.reuters.com/article/africa-cyclone/death-toll-from-southern-africa-cyclone-floods-exceeds-700-idINKCN1R40AA

1.8 million people across Mozambique, including 900,000 children, have been affected by Cyclone Idai https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/1-million-children-affected-cyclone-idai-and-subsequent-floods-mozambique-actual

WA cyclone Veronica brings 12-hour onslaught of wind, rain, storm tides https://www.sbs.com.au/news/wa-cyclone-veronica-brings-12-hour-onslaught-of-wind-rain-storm-tides

TS Iba: Very rare tropical storm forms near the coast of Brazil, the first since 2010 and third ever in recorded history https://watchers.news/2019/03/24/tropical-storm-iba-brazil-march-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/more-floods-loom-as-high-river-waters-recede-in-midwest-idUSKCN1R60UO

At least 21 dead in unprecedented Iran floods https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d34416a4e33457a6333566d54/index.html

Waiho Bridge washes away amid flooding and heavy rainfall as state of emergency declared https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12216555

Pakistan – Deadly Landslide in Balochistan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-landslide-balochistan-province-march-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Veronica dumps more than a year’s worth of rain in less than 12 hours, Western Australia https://watchers.news/2019/03/26/tropical-cyclone-veronica-year-worth-of-rain-12-hours/

New rainfall record set in New Zealand with 1 086 mm (42.7 inches) in 48 hours https://watchers.news/2019/03/27/new-zealand-sets-new-rainfall-record-march-2019/

Burundi – Homes Destroyed After Heavy Rain in North http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-ngozi-karuzi-march-2019

Peru: Floods in Amazon kill 51, blame El Nino https://www.skymetweather.com/content/global-news/peru-floods-in-amazon-kill-51-blame-el-nino/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Bromo, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/77741/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Bromo-Ibu-Dukono.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapting To Climate Change In Miami https://www.npr.org/2019/03/24/706295320/adapting-to-climate-change-in-miami

Climate change has some Floridians fleeing https://buffalonews.com/2019/03/25/don-paul-climate-change-has-some-floridians-fleeing/

Child poverty, disasters and climate change: investigating relationships and implications over the life course of children https://www.odi.org/publications/11281-child-poverty-disasters-and-climate-change-investigating-relationships-and-implications-over-life

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/26/blow-climate-coal-plants-emitted-more-than-ever/?utm_term=.101a3df406d0

CO2 emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record https://www.iea.org/geco/

Why fear and anger are rational responses to climate change https://theconversation.com/why-fear-and-anger-are-rational-responses-to-climate-change-114056?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change: Drilling in ‘Iceberg Alley’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47711600

Storm-slammed Mozambique must rebuild for ‘tomorrow’s climate’ http://news.trust.org/item/20190327162323-nmosv/

Half a degree more warming may cause dramatic differences on drought-flood compound risks https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190326105648.htm

State of the Climate in 2018 shows accelerating climate change impacts https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/state-of-climate-2018-shows-accelerating-climate-change-impacts

Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-climate-change-adaptation-policy

Sir David Attenborough to present climate change documentary https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47666007

Mozambique isn’t alone. Rising sea levels threaten millions in the developing world https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/26/mozambique-isnt-alone-rising-sea-levels-threaten-millions-developing-world/?utm_term=.f65a4459c193

Climate change’s fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists https://news.yahoo.com/climate-changes-fingerprints-u-midwest-floods-scientists-094006471.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

After 2017’s devastating floods, Quebec communities face tough questions about building on flood plains https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-floods-homeowners-1.5066394

Why Small Businesses Should Invest in Preparedness https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/why-small-businesses-should-invest-in-preparedness

Conceptual framework behind the Flood Resilience Measurement for Community https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-frmc

Flooding Could Be The Worst Ever Recorded In Much Of The US This Spring https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/forecasters-warn-flooding-could-be-the-worst-on-record-in

Revolutionizing How Ground Elevations are Measured for Flood Heights http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/revolutionizing-how-ground-elevations-are-measured-for-flood-heights/#.XJqNiMAbiYI.twitter

The UM Partnership enables scientific and technical collaboration on a shared modelling system, across a range of modelling and science issues relevant for weather and climate prediction https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/unified-model/partnership

Along the Mighty Mississippi, Cities Swap Sandbags for Marshes https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/along-the-mighty-mississippi-cities-swap-sandbags-for-marshes/?amp

10 Failed Levees In Midwest Flood Zone Were Not Inspected By Federal Government https://www.kbia.org/post/10-failed-levees-midwest-flood-zone-were-not-inspected-federal-government#stream/0

NFIP revamp of flood risk ratings echoes private sector approach https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20190326/NEWS06/912327483/NFIP-revamp-of-flood-risk-ratings-echoes-private-sector-approach

Buyouts for flood protection since ’09 have sometimes hit hurdles https://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/government-and-politics/4588963-holdout-homeowners-buyouts-flood-protection-09-have-sometimes#.XJjSNOFtJtA.twitter

Before Canadian Scientists Can Study Tornadoes, They Have to Find Them https://eos.org/articles/before-canadian-scientists-can-study-tornadoes-they-have-to-find-them

Volcanoes Are Never ‘Overdue’ For An Eruption. Here’s Why https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/03/25/volcanoes-are-never-overdue-for-an-eruption-heres-why/#4dfba8b633a5

Scientists Getting New Tools To Monitor The Northwest’s Volcanoes https://www.opb.org/news/article/northwest-volcanoes-early-warning-system/

A £20m research initiative has been announced to improve urban planning for natural disasters https://www.businessleader.co.uk/20m-initiative-to-protect-cities-against-natural-disasters/62444/

Early-warning system helps minimize damage during floods https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/early-warning-system-helps-minimize-damage-during-floods/

Ghana tackles floods, waste and pollution with Accra resilience plan https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ghana-cities-resilience/ghana-tackles-floods-waste-and-pollution-with-accra-resilience-plan-idUSKCN1R92K0

UN report: Extreme weather hit 62 million people in 2018 https://apnews.com/cff606610ba84f64849be0f36a39a3a5

The Rockefeller Foundation intends to disband its 100 Resilient Cities initiative https://resiliencepost.com/2019/03/28/rockefellers-climate-resilience-program-said-to-be-in-jeopardy/

US Geological Survey Measures Rivers As Flooding Recedes http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1169156/us-geological-survey-measures-rivers-flooding-recedes

£46bn needed for future flood protection in UK https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/46bn-needed-for-future-flood-protection-in-uk/10040518.article

 

Emergency Management

Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/flooding-impairs-drinking-water-treatment-for-kansas-city-missouri-idUSKCN1R40ND

Senate passes bills on Harvey recovery, disaster preparation https://www.statesman.com/news/20190320/senate-passes-bills-on-harvey-recovery-disaster-preparation

Cyclone Idai: What the aftermath looks like https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47685429/cyclone-idai-what-the-aftermath-looks-like

Worst flooding in history of Nebraska, damage surpasses 1.3 billion https://watchers.news/2019/03/22/worst-flooding-in-history-of-nebraska/

Dallas braces itself for a titanic tornado downtown: ‘This is not a far-fetched scenario’ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/03/21/dallas-braces-titanictornado-downtown-not-far-fetched-scenario

Queensland floods: the water journey to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/2059/queensland-floods-the-water-journey-to-kati-thanda-lake-eyre/?hootPostID=affd098414290a231302a632d69959d8

Mozambique floods cover more ground than NYC, Chicago, D.C., and Boston — combined https://grist.org/article/mozambique-floods-are-larger-than-nyc-chicago-dc-and-boston-combined/

Nebraska Flood Damage Estimate Reaches $1.3 Billion https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Nebraska-Flood-Damage-Estimate-Reaches-13-Billion.html

2.55 million Tokyoites would need to evacuate in event of major flood caused by super typhoon https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/27/national/2-55-million-tokyoites-need-evacuate-event-major-flood-caused-super-typhoon/#.XJvjGE-P7IU

Crisis Volunteerism is the New Black?—Exploring the Diversity of Voluntary Engagement in Crisis Management https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rhc3.12164

Understanding community evacuation dynamics following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and tsunami https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/student-profile-laura-tilley/

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai crisis deepens with first confirmed cases of cholera https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/mozambique-cyclone-idai-crisis-deepens-with-first-confirmed-cases-of-cholera-a4102681.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

President Rouhani inspects flood damage in northern Iran https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-floods-idUSKCN1R814J

Mozambique flooding and response: both enormous in scale https://www.msf.org/mozambique-flooding-and-response-both-enormous-scale-cyclone-idai

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public consultation discusses historic 2018 N.B. floods https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/public-consultation-discusses-historic-2018-n-b-floods-1.4349236

Critical factors for post-disaster educational continuity in urban floods in South and Southeast Asia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/61388

Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses https://theconversation.com/poor-coverage-of-floods-in-southern-africa-blame-the-media-bosses-114314

Understanding Disaster Risk https://www.preventionweb.net/risk

 

Sociology and Disasters

In post-disaster recovery, the material world gains intensified importance http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2019/03/11/stuff-matters-especially-when-you-risk-everything-for-it/

Severe flooding at Pine Ridge Reservation ‘a humanitarian disaster’ https://grist.org/article/severe-flooding-at-pine-ridge-reservation-a-humanitarian-disaster/

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