This Week in Disaster Resilience 10th July 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Canada – Floods in Manitoba Prompt Evacuations

Myanmar – Jade Mine Landslide Kills Over 160

Search for survivors continue after Japan floods from record-breaking rainfall kill at least 18

B.C. couple escapes from 'debris flood' that filled home with mud, logs, rocks

India – Monsoon Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Gujarat and Karnataka

Bulgaria – Storm and Floods in Sofia

Pakistan – Buildings Collapsed After Heavy Rainfall in Karachi

Heavy downpours in southern Japan, which have killed more than 50, now battering the country’s main island

China raises emergency level as heavy rain triggers floods

Mongolia – Floods Leave 8 Dead, 2,300 Homes Damaged

Bangladesh – Floods Affect Over 1 Million People in 13 Districts

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

Efforts continue to control forest fires in southwestern Iran

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Spain closes half of all its coal-fired power stations in one fell swoop

Trend towards worsening heatwaves is accelerating, new research finds

Increasing trends in regional heatwaves

Could a warming climate be putting Australia’s magnificent alpine landscapes at risk?

Observed changes in dry-season water availability attributed to human-induced climate change

Australia ranks second worst in world on climate action, outside top 50 on clean energy

Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis

Arctic explorers find unusually thin ice as a result of climate change
Rising above adversity: community-led climate adaptation along Bangladesh's coastal belt

The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come

Extreme heat and rain: thousands of weather stations show there’s now more of both, for longer

Partitioning the Uncertainty of Ensemble Projections of Global Glacier Mass Change

The City of Sydney is now entirely powered by green energy

The Ugly History of Climate Determinism Is Still Evident Today

Siberia just experienced its hottest June on record

CO2 in Earth's atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago

Disaster risk reduction

Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake

The Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) is a web-based interactive mapping application developed to help Queensland councils better understand their risk, costs and repeat damage from natural hazard events

Chicago and the region need to step up fast to reduce flooding and protect inhabitants and businesses

Subducting plate angle dictates tsunami threat during large earthquakes

Floods and drought: Two sides of the same coin

Latest issue of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies

ERA5-based global meteorological wildfire danger maps

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

Using opportunities in big data analytics to more accurately predict societal consequences of natural disasters

Super ensemble learning for daily streamflow forecasting: large-scale demonstration and comparison with multiple machine learning algorithms

The U.S. has already had 10 billion-dollar weather disasters this year

Hurricanes Destroy Beachside Homes, But Not This One

Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme

A new high-resolution view into Earth's crust shows what caused more than 22,000 tiny temblors to rumble in Southern California

Houston: A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality

In New York City, ‘Managed Retreat’ Has Become a Grim Reality

The truth behind fear-inducing Nankai Trough quake prediction figures

Japan nonlife insurers to raise premiums 6-8% in wake of disasters

Emergency management

COVID-19: This is when life will return to normal, according to the experts

Bushfire royal commission hears longer fire seasons making it harder for states to help each other

Impact of Australia's catastrophic 2019/20 bushfire season on communities and environment. Retrospective analysis and current trends

Mongolia: National society preparedness case study

As Melbourne goes into coronavirus lockdown, it's a sign it could happen anywhere in Australia

Navajo Nation faces twin threats as wildfires spread during pandemic

Masks, disinfectant, social distancing: Japan responds to disaster amid coronavirus

Locating the Risk on Foreign Shores: The Making of “Covid-Safe” Japan

$1.2B Calgary hailstorm ranks as Canada's 4th costliest natural disaster

 Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan's top mobile carriers launch multilingual disaster information service for tourists

JMA  launches English portal

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

Confusion over warnings during bushfires

Create your Bushfire Survival Plan

Psychology and disasters

Floodwaters Test the Staying Power of a ‘Determined Man’

Addressing COVID-19 Grief and Loss

Sociology and disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society

Examining of the actor collaboration networks around hazard mitigation: a Hurricane Harvey study

Researching Crime After a Disaster: What We Can Learn From a Large Survey in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

Commercial social spaces in the post-disaster context

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but the decisions that caused the disaster extend across the twentieth century

Special Issue: Geographies of the COVID-19 pandemic

Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 3rd July 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cote D’Ivoire – More Deadly Floods in Abidjan After 240mm of Rain in a Few Hours

Flood-affected districts in western Ukraine lack drinking water

Floods in India's Assam force a million from their homes

China – More Deadly Floods in Sichuan

Nigeria – Buildings Damaged After Flash Floods in Ikorodu, Lagos

Poland – Hundreds Evacuate After Floods in South East

Bangladesh – Thousands Affected by Floods as Rivers Overflow in North

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Wisconsin

Malaysia – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in Sabah State

US reports over 48,000 new single-day coronavirus cases, setting a new record for the fourth time in a week

Wildfires in Siberia increase five-fold amid unprecedented heatwave

Severe flooding affects more than 1 million in China's Hubei

IMO records the largest earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone since 1980, Iceland

China – Deadly Floods in Yunnan

India – Over 1.4 Million Hit by Floods in Assam

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Jul 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Brazil – Deadly Cyclone Hits Southern States

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Building Flood Resilience in a Changing Climate

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can’t be a good thing for global health

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

More than 3 in 4 of world’s top CEOs and CFOs say their companies are underprepared for climate-related financial risks, finds FM Global

Assessment of climate change vulnerability of Hakha Township, Chin State, Myanmar 2017–2050: Scenarios for resilience building

Excessive heat events guidebook

The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know

The fire is believed to be ‘the most northernmost in recent years within the Arctic Circle’

Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of Time

Majority of Canadians and Americans agree on climate change issues, poll suggests

'Nowhere to hide': South Pole warms up with climate change a factor

Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Likelihood of 40C temperatures in UK is ‘rapidly accelerating’

Multiple drivers of the North Atlantic warming hole

The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming

Hope in Hell: a decade to confront the climate emergency

Perth weather delivers equal-hottest June and rainfall below average despite weekend drenching

Stress-testing groundwater and baseflow drought responses to synthetic climate change-informed recharge scenarios

Net zero emissions by 2050 push is on, whether the Federal Government follows or not

Why Is the South Pole Warming So Quickly? It’s Complicated

Most Americans say climate change affects their local community, including 70% living near coast

Disaster risk reduction

Flood Risk Management in the United States | Research report

Flood Risk Management in England | Research report

Flood Risk Management in Germany | Research report

The first provincial level disaster risk reduction plan has been prepared in Turkey

A system of systems: Early warning systems and managing the effects of El Niño

Building resilient urban communities: The case study of Setubal municipality

Keeping an eye on natural hazards: Lessons learned to become more resilient

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Detecting Earth’s natural hazards high up in the sky

COVID‐19: what is the disaster?

Factors influencing adoption and rejection of fire hazard severity zone maps in California

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

Taupō 'supervolcano' just had its shakiest year in decades

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

New from the BoM: 7-day Ensemble Streamflow Forecasts

The First National Flood Risk Assessment: Defining America’s Growing Risk

Addis Ababa Resilience Strategy

The number of properties in the United States in danger of flooding this year is 70% higher than government data estimates

Discovery of Ancient Super-eruptions Suggests the Yellowstone Hotspot May Be Waning

Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

When dikes burst, salt marshes might lessen deadly flooding

Global governance and global catastrophic risks: Is the United Nations ready for the Anthropocene?

Integrating Disaster Risk Management in China urban operations: Completion report

Quantitative assessment of flood risk with evaluation of the effectiveness of dam operation for flood control: A case of the Bago River Basin of Myanmar

NSW govt criticised over Warragamba Dam

Innovative flood disaster response and mitigation through PPPs

New, nationwide flood modeling tool paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future

Building sustainable resilience for Sub-Saharan Africa’s urban era

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Earthquakes trigger landslides. Can landslides also trigger earthquakes?

A journey to achieving integration in flood risk management

Emergency management

EPPO’s handbook on child care centers earthquake planning

California prepares for an intense fire season as Covid-19 adds complications

‘Postcode lottery’ hindered bushfire aid for residents on NSW-Victorian border, inquiry hears

Why Storm Surge Can Be The Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

Past pandemics exacerbated disadvantages – what we can learn from them about the coronavirus recovery

What coronavirus success of Taiwan and Iceland has in common

Development of an Integrated Pathways Model of Factors Influencing the Progress of Recovery After a Disaster

Drones for Disaster Response: NASA STEReO Project Kicks Off

Disaster education, communications and engagement

WMO launches E-learning platform for hazard alerts

Learn about earthquakes and protect yourself

Who hasn't heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

Accelerating change: Engaging local communities in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayan Region

Social Media Helps Reveal Cause of 2018 Indonesian Tsunami

New book: Effective Science Communication

Here Are Three Ways To Stay Safe During This Summer’s Flash Floods

Earth Education for Sustainable Societies

Psychology and disasters

The New Psychology of Leadership

Sociology and disasters

Characterizing spatio-temporal patterns of social vulnerability to droughts, degradation and desertification in the Brazilian northeast

Collective resilience in times of crisis: Lessons from the literature for socially effective responses to the pandemic

How you measure matters; defining social capital in drought-prone areas

Practitioner approaches to measuring community resilience: The analysis of the resilience of communities to disasters toolkit

When covid-19 deaths are analysed by age, America is an outlier

Researching Crime After a Disaster: What We Can Learn From a Large Survey in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

A Viewpoint on Eastern Mediterranean Villages in Late Antiquity: Applying the Lens of Community Resilience Theory

Passing the test: Lessons from a school district’s discourse of renewal before, during and after Hurricane Harvey's_discourse_of_renewal_before_during_and_after_Hurricane_Harvey

As summer arrives, how will the most vulnerable escape deadly heat and COVID-19?


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Floodplain Manager June 2020


Our lead articles this month relate to flood resilient infrastructure.  It is good to see that the Federal and Queensland Governments are investing in rebuilding infrastructure which was damaged in the 2019 floods with infrastructure that is more resilient.  What is strange is that it appears that economic stimulus in response to the COVID pandemic is the motivation for spending more than the disaster recovery funding rules would otherwise allow.

At the same time, rural communities in Queensland are opposing the Inland Rail from Brisbane to Melbourne crossing floodplains for fear that it will exacerbate flooding.  This is a genuine concern that must be properly investigated but so must the impact of the flooding on the rail infrastructure and disruptions to operations.  I would hope that in both instances the designers are looking at the implications of flooding for the full range of flood events and not just using a selected design flood event such as the 1% AEP to assess impacts.  High value critical infrastructure is not only costly to repair but has significant indirect costs when it is out of service and those values need to be properly evaluated in the design process.

On the subject of indirect flood impacts, we report this month on research in the UK which has quantified the mental health costs of flooding and this demonstrates that these indirect impacts of floods can be significant and should be included in the evaluation of flood mitigation options.

We also report on the UK flood inquiry which is underway and the submission from the reinsurer Flood RE.  The issues it raises are very similar to those we report being raised by Australian insurers to the current Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements: the need for better urban planning, more investment in mitigation, and more resilient buildings.  Even with these investments, the insurers are saying that some locations may be uninsurable.

This suggests to me, and is confirmed by work we have done in some high risk floodplains, that there are locations where the consequences of flooding beyond the 1% AEP event are so great that a different standard needs to be applied to urban planning and building design in those places.  The challenge for floodplain management professionals is convincing governments and the development industry that the additional costs involved are a worthwhile investment in protecting the future owners of those buildings from the physical losses and mental health issues that they will not be able to afford.

Steven Molino

Articles related to June 2020

Related - Floodplain Manager June 2020

Concern Continues for Inland Rail Flood Risk

In the wake of the Federal Government’s announcement to fast track the $10 billion Inland Rail project, communities continue to voice their concern about associated flood risks.

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The Inland Rail project is one of 15 infrastructure projects nationwide flagged by the Government for streamlined approval in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic response. However, the project has been dogged by controversy (FM Mar, 2020) as communities along the 1,800 km route, including on the Condamine and Lockyer floodplains, believe that the project will exacerbate flooding. In late May 2020, the Australian Rail Track Corporation was required to undertake a review of the current 16 km Border-to-Gowrie Condamine floodplain route which locals say would alter overland flows and place properties and lives at risk of flooding.

The project has also been referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry with a report due by 11 November 2020. The inquiry considers the impacts of five Queensland sections of the proposed route including the Lockyer Valley. The Lockyer Valley Regional Council submitted a response to the inquiry stating that “Following the catastrophic floods of 2011 and 2013…the Lockyer Valley remains extremely sensitive to the contribution railways may have to the impacts of flood events” (Read here, here, and here).

Regional and Remote Queensland Gets $16 million for Resilient Infrastructure

As part of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments’ $134.5 million infrastructure package, regional and remote parts of Queensland have been approved for almost $16 million to build resilient infrastructure.

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In the wake of the 2019 floods which saw widespread damage to infrastructure across the north of the state, 46 resilience projects will be built to ensure communities can better withstand extreme weather events. The funds will benefit 18 Councils and will be used to repair damaged infrastructure to more resilient standards, including the construction of concrete floodways and causeways for Cook Shire Council and drainage improvements for Townsville City Council (Read here).

Royal Commission Turns Focus to Improved Land Use Planning

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has turned its focus to the role of local governments following submissions by insurers highlighting risks associated with land use planning.

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The inquiry which was triggered by the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020 (FM Apr, 2020) has received submissions from several insurers including RACQ and Suncorp who have called for improved land use planning, building codes and higher levels of mitigation spending across all levels of government. Suncorp is proposing that all new developments have floor heights above the 1-in-100-year flood level. Furthermore, RACQ notes that “building … level may still be insufficient to make insurance affordable and/or practical thereby causing the end user (residents) to bear the losses of each disaster” and that developers and Councils don’t tend to bear the financial and emotional burdens of disasters. Hearings will take place in June 2020 which will include an examination of actions to prepare, respond to and recover from disasters and co-ordination arrangements in place at local and regional levels(Read here).

Funding for Youth Flood Mentoring

The Ocean Shores Youth Response Team is set to received $25,000 to run skill-building and awareness workshops as part of a $40,000 grant under the NSW Disaster Resilient and Future Ready (DR:FR) Get Ready program.

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The funding will be used to run five weeks of workshops that will include sessions from a local Indigenous facilitator, and aims to boost morale and self-confidence and provide an opportunity to role model positive behaviours in the local youth. The remaining funding will be allocated to producing a map of flood risks from the Brunswick River to the Tweed River on the Qld border. The map will be a resource available to locals and tourists and will depict areas of flood risk, emergency procedures and the location of community refuges places, and how to prepare for emergencies (Read here).

BOM Predicts Increased Chance of Wet Weather and Flooding

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a La Nina watch for the first time since February 2018 predicting a 50% chance of formation in 2020.

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La Nina is a cooling in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean and is associated with a negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and increase precipitation. The last extremely wet winter influenced by a strong La Nina in Australia was in 2016, and was the fourth wettest ever for the Murray Darling Basin. After several dry years associated with no La Nina or negative IOD, the predicted rain would bring much needed moisture to drought stricken regions. However, La Nina also increases the chance of flooding and cyclones in Australia particularly in central, eastern and northern parts of the country. According to Dr. Andrew Watkins who is the head of long-range forecasting at the BoM, “… roughly half the La Nina events saw some degree of flooding” for instance the devastating 2011 Queensland floods occurred during a strong La Nina. However, as that occurred in the summer, the effects of La Nina were likely exacerbated by tropical moisture. Furthermore, after years of drought the dry soils around the country will have greater storage capacity than usual in order to reduce run-off and flooding (Read more here and here).

BoM’s 7-Day Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting Service Released

On 23 June, 2020 BoM released its streamflow forecasting service to the public after more than ten years of research, development and improvements.

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The 7-day ensemble streamflow forecasting service provides streamflow forecasts for 100 catchments using over 400 forecast locations with a lead time of up to seven days to assist river users and water managers. The service offers users daily probabilistic streamflow forecasts which are designed to benefit and inform decision making including managing releases of dam water in the lead up to floods and high flow, providing condition reports to inform safe recreational river use, and avoiding water wastage by irrigators. The service is generated using the streamflow modelling software package Short-term Water Information Forecasting Tools (SWIFT) which has been developed by the CSIRO and the BoM. SWIFT calculates the volume of rainfall landing on a catchment, the proportion of that rainfall that becomes runoff and the way in which that runoff accumulates as it travels downhill and collects in streams and rivers. It also calculates how wet the catchment is at any given time-step by taking into account infiltration of rainfall into the soil, seepage of soil moisture and evaporation. The output is an online resource updated daily that graphically represents predicted rainfall and streamflow at hundreds of locations nationwide (Read more here).

Building Flood Resilience in a Changing Climate

New studies on global flood risk management stress that a holistic and proactive approach to managing flood risk is needed to strengthen societal resilience to floods.

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The Geneva Association has produced a series of reports that assess the state of flood risk management in the United States, Germany and England and one for Australia is in production. While the need to build resilience to floods is recognised as a priority in these countries, the studies show that, in general, actions taken by stakeholders are reactive rather than proactive. In addition, the changing risk landscape associated with future changes to the climate, land use planning, and development is generally not taken into account in planning. The reports stress that governments, insurers, businesses and homeowners all have a role to play in adopting a more forward-looking approach to address increasing levels of flood risk and build holistic community resilience (Read more here ).

East African Floods may be Exacerbated by Projected Frequent and Extreme Climatic Events

The recent extreme rainfall events leading to widespread flooding across eastern Africa correspond to a projected increase in rainfall and average temperature for the region under current and future climate change.

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While a single extreme weather event cannot be directly attributed to climate change, the March to May rainy season in east Africa has brought record-breaking rainfalls that are linked to variability in large-scale climate systems that may be exacerbated by the warming of the Western Indian Ocean. Flash flooding occurred across many regions of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Djibouti and Somalia, where many weather stations recorded the most rainfall in 40 years, or the highest on record. Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest inland body of water, reached its highest recorded levels in May, causing whole villages to be submerged. This extreme weather is following an exceptionally wet period at the end of 2019, and precedes a period of predicted higher than normal rainfall in the region between June and September. While some seasonal differences in rainfall are fairly predictable in Eastern Africa, there are several other intra- and inter-annual climatic variables influencing the amount of rainfall which are not yet well understood. Human factors are also intensifying the impact of flooding in the region, such as deforestation, sedimentation of rivers, wetland degradation, and the spread of populations in flood prone areas (Read more here and here) .

Social Capital Framework to Determine Post-Disaster Recovery

A recent study has developed a framework for understanding the role of social capital in post-disaster recovery and resilience.

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Based on data collected from citizens, governments and other stakeholders, this study demonstrates the importance of social capital (networks, trust and shared norms) in recovery following flash flooding in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. It found that in order to improve post-disaster recovery, a holistic approach integrating household capacity, organisational capacity, and social capital is required, and it is necessary to take into account these three factors when assessing long-term recovery and determining the risk of future disasters. Both government organisations and religious institutions were found to play important roles in evacuation and recovery efforts (Read more here).

Flood Response Based on Trust in the Messenger

Risk information communicated by trusted sources is more effective at influencing those affected by flooding.

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A study of flood-prone households in Austria has shown that trust plays an important role in determining how flood information will be received by citizens. Trust levels in local governments, emergency and relief service volunteers, and neighbours were compared, and the groups’ influence on public flood risk perceptions and responses were analysed. This showed that volunteers are the most trusted group, and are perceived as the most competent in flood risk mitigation. For this reason, it was found that volunteers are most effective at conveying flood risk information. It additionally shows that increased community trust in volunteers leads to more positive flood responses and decreased instances of negative flood responses, such as denial of risk (Read more here).

Estimating the Financial Burden of Flooding on Mental Health

Research from Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that people can suffer mental health issues following a flood and a new project has developed a method to evaluate the financial impact of flood with respect to mental health.

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The project was commissioned by the Environment Agency’s FCRM Directorate, as part of the joint Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme, and uses data from the PHE study following the Cumbria floods in 2015. Traditionally, the economic value of flood defences is based on the physical damage of flooding on properties and business. However, this new method considers the negative impacts on mental health as the main economic business case when selecting preferred options and applying for flood risk investment. The method was derived by reviewing literature that assessed the mental health impacts of flooding and available data concerning health impacts of flooding including the PHE study. To produce an average cost of treatment, the researchers analysed data including the number of patients presenting with anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder, the cost of treatments, the cost of the GP, and estimations of work-base loss and compared it to flood severity. The results showed a positive correlation with mental health impacts and severity of flood. For instance, costs increased from an average of $3,357 per adult per flood event with internal depths up to 30 cm, to $7,393 where the depth was more than 1 m (Read more here ).

Young People Enable More Effective Flood Early Warning Systems

Researchers have studied the effectiveness of early warning systems and the role of young people with references to flood preparedness in Indonesia.

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In early January 2020 heavy rainfall and flooding in Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang and Bekasi in Indonesia led to the evacuation of more than 19,000 people, caused $200 million loss, inundated 200 schools and killed at least 48 people (FM Feb, 2020). This case study served as a backdrop to the researcher’s review of the systems in place and the role of community members in reducing flood loss. According to the Jakarta Regional Disaster Management Agency, a number of flood early warning devices are deployed across the city. During the January floods however, it was reported that several of the devices did not function correctly. An initiative by the Australian Government and Plan Australia, Plan Indonesia in 2015 allowed young people within flood affected communities to undertake disaster risk mapping of the people and places most likely to be adversely affected by flooding. This led to the installation and maintenance of the early warning tool in two flood prone areas in 2019 by young people with reference to local preference and experience. During the January 2020 floods, the early warning tool was pivotal in inciting a response by locals when floodwaters triggered the device. The study showed that young people played an important role in mobilising peers, so that their involvement could increase the resilience towards floods based on research and community engagement(Read more here.)

Drivers and Barriers of Flood Adaptation Initiatives

An analysis of natural hazard management in Europe has identified how societal transformation affects the principle drivers and barriers of community risk mitigation and adaptation.

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The analysis of local initiatives by local governments, residents and NGOs that support transformative approaches to hazard management has provided insight into the factors that promote and hinder attempts to integrate multi-functional protection schemes. Using case studies from flood and avalanche hazards in Austria, France, and Ireland, it was found that local initiatives often only aim to address local problems, rather than contribute towards large-scale transformation of hazard management. Multi-functional community initiatives are driven primarily by a lack of funding, lack of legal protection, and lack of space. Conversely, the key barriers to community initiatives include a lack of local capacities, lack of political support, and technological barriers in the implementation of plans. This information can be applied to support work in Europe on the implementation of hazard and climate change adaptation strategies (Read more and here).

Flood Reinsurance Scheme (Flood RE) Provides Evidence for UK’s Flood Inquiry

Flood Re has provided an eight-point plan to ensure affordable flood insurance to the inquiry being conducted by the Commons Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs Select Committee (EFRA).

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The inquiry led by EFRA was launched in March (FM Mar 2020) was accepting evidence until 15 May, 2020. Flood Re’s eight-point plan  was submitted to the inquiry and aims to advance its long-term  “Transition Plan” to reduce flood risk by investing in flood defences and reducing inappropriate land use planning, reducing flood cost by encouraging resilient property measures, and achieving and efficient insurance market that rewards homes with discounted premiums if they install flood resilient measures. Andy Bord the chief executive at Flood Re has said that “these proposals will help to ensure home insurance is both available and affordable for those most at risk of flooding” (Read more here ).

Confidence in Scientific Products for Improved Flood Response

As the number of scientific datasets increases rapidly, there is a call for accurate and actionable information to be readily available to assist with effective disaster response.

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Advances in remote sensing technologies, crowd-sourced data, social media, and demographic information have increased the availability of datasets that can be used in disaster preparation and response. Along with this shift to an abundance of geospatial information comes the need for user friendly databases that can be used by stakeholders working in disaster response. Therefore, there is a call for a consensus among data providers about how to create a trusted set of flood products and services that can be used by disaster response organisations. This would bring reliable datasets to the forefront and provide a way for the non-expert stakeholder to find accurate and consistent information that can be applied to important decision making (Read more here).

Extreme Sea Level Metrics May Misrepresent Future Flood Risk

Estimates of future extreme sea levels used to measure coastal risk may be misleading because they take into account only physical factors without considering societal outcomes.

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. The height and occurrence of extreme sea levels are often used to investigate flood risk to coastal areas under different climate change scenarios. While these account for the hazard posed by physical water levels, they do not reflect the impacts to society such as loss of life and property damage. This new study shows that in some locations, modest increases in the height of extreme sea levels may correspond with a large change in population exposure. It was found that societal impacts are highly localised and dependant on the relationship between the population and the predicted changes in extreme sea levels. Other approaches that take into account human and environmental factors may be more effective at providing a more complete snapshot of coastal flood risk under future climate change. Other approaches in addition to analysis of extreme sea levels can be applied to help improve climate adaptation decision making and risk communication efforts (Read more here ).

Assessing Global Coastal Compound Flooding Using Precipitation and River Discharge Data

A study found that integrating precipitation and river discharge data leads to improved assessment of compound flooding caused by the interaction of both storm surge and high water runoff.

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Compound flooding is the result of the combination of storm surge and high water runoff, and its hazard over large spatial scales is commonly assessed using proxies rather than specific flood datasets. Based on global-scale compound flooding hazard assessments, this study indicates that integrating precipitation and/or river discharge data with storm surge data allows for robust assessment of the hazard arising from compound flooding. The use of precipitation data permits for analysis where there are no or only small rivers, and where local rainfall drives compound flooding. However, it was found that integrating river discharge data was preferable in assessing hazard, especially in larger estuaries with long rivers. This study provides a methodology for large-scale compound flooding hazard assessment where only certain datasets are available (Read more here ).

Sheltering From Floods and a Virus

Disaster response planning in Japan is forced to adapt in order to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.

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As Japan enters a period of heavy rainfall that has historically triggered evacuations of people from flood- and landslide-prone areas, disaster response organisations are cautious to enact measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus within evacuation centres. Hundreds of people may be forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter in evacuation centres in flood affected regions. With each person allotted 1.6 square metres of space, little room remains for social distancing within the gymnasiums commonly used as evacuation centres. While cases of COVID-19 are declining across Japan, there are fears that crowded conditions in the shelters could spark another wave of infections. Measures to be put in place include taking temperatures upon entry of the centres, separating those suspected to be infected, and the use of face shields and masks. Officials are attempting to provide a barrier of two metres between households within the centres, which will result in reduced capacity and require additional shelter sites. For this reason, individuals are requested to explore alternative shelters other than evacuation centres, such as staying with friends or family, if possible (Read more here).

International Floods

There were 31 international floods reported across 28 countries during June 2020. At least 108 people died and over 19,000 people were displaced.

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Internationally significant floods included:


Heavy rain and flooding has affected wide areas of China’s southern and central provinces since early June. At least 20 people have been killed and 200,000 have been displaced as heavy rainfall triggered flooding and landslides. China’s emergency management ministry has estimated that direct economic losses may be in excess of $550 million from the flooding which destroyed 1,300 homes, 715 hectares of crops, power stations and roads. The Xiaojin River in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province was 40 cm above warning level whilst 144.3 mm of rain was recorded in a 24 hour period to 18 June. (Read more here, here and here).

Guatemala and El Salvador

Tropical Storm Amanda made landfall in Guatemala on 31 May bringing very heavy rainfall leading to widespread flooding and damage. At least 14 people have died and 600 people were displaced as a state of emergency was declared in neighbouring El Salvador. In a 15 hour period on 31 May, Santa Cruz Porrillo in San Vincene department recorded 153.8 mm of rain which caused flooding and damage of more than 300 homes, several roads and bridges. (Read more here ).


At least 21 people have died as a result of landslides caused by heavy rain in India’s Assam state. Approximately 420 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 3 June in Silchar which triggered several landslides in the Barak Valley region. This recent rainfall follows widespread river flooding in the region last month (FM May) which has left 6,000 still displaced. (Read more here)

Ivory Coast

Flash flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain in Abidjan, Ivory Coast has caused widespread damage of homes, roads and railway infrastructure. At least 13 people have died in landslides in Anyama city resulting from heavy rain of as much as 260 mm in 48 hours to 15 June. (Read more here)


Smart Technology: Talking Tanks for Water Conservation, Flood Management and Environmental Baseflow
Where: Webinar registration here
When: Thursday 16 July 2020
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Webinar: Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate Online Course
Where: Webinar registration here
When: Multiple from July to December 2020
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FMA Meetings
Wednesday 5 August 2020 - Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane
Thursday 20 August 2020 - NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney
Wednesday 11 November 2020 - Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane
Thursday 19 November 2020 - NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney
For more information visit here

2020 International Conference on Flood Management
Where: The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
When: 17-19 August, 2020
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FRIAR 2020 International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management (Postponed from original date)
Where: Valencia, Spain
When: 28-30 September
For more information visit here

Flood and Coast 2020 Conference and Exhibition (postponement date announced)
Where: Telford International Centre, UK
When: 8-10 December, 2020
For more information visit here

FLOODrisk 2020 European Conference on Flood Risk Management (postponement date announced)
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: 21-25 June, 2021
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Floodplain Management Australia Conference 2021
Where: Luna Park, Sydney, NSW
When: 25 - 28 May, 2021
For more information visit here


FMA Digital Conference Papers Available

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) has begun uploading the 2020 Digital Conference Papers and Presentations to the Members’ Section of Not all Papers or Presentations are available yet, but it will be making them accessible as they are received.

Queensland’s Post-disaster Cookbook

The Recovery Kitchen Cookbook is an initiative of the Rockhampton Community Development project run by UnitingCare Queensland and funded through the Queensland Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services by the Australian Government. The book comprises recipes for times of emergency and disaster when usual cooking methods which rely on a reliable power source are not possible. The book includes advice on preparing kitchen recovery kits, maintaining good hygiene, as well as real-life recipes provided by locals that experienced the devastation following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015. Click here.

Maitland Flood 1955: NRMAs Response Recollection

The NRMA has published a selection of historical photographs and recounts of the 1955 Maitland, NSW, flood which damaged or destroyed 7,000 homes and claimed the lives of 14 people. The NRMA sent a team of eight patrols to aid in the clean-up effort and help residents rescue and retrieve 120 vehicles which had been inundated. Click here.


Loreto Kirribilli School Independent Environmental Audit

Molino Stewart was engaged by Bloompark Consulting Pty Ltd on behalf of School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) to undertake the Initial Construction Independent Environmental Audit for the construction of a new school building at Loreto Kirribilli NSW. The audit reviewed the project’s performance against the conditions outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement, conditions of approval and construction schedule. The audit was conducted in accordance with the AS/NZS ISO 19011 Australian/New Zealand Standard: Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing and the Independent Audit Post Approval Requirements (Department of Planning and Environment 2018). The audit considered a total of 139 conditions. The report is available to view here.

Hawkesbury Coastal Management Program Scoping Study

Six local councils are preparing a new management plan for the Hawkesbury River System covering the estuary and river between Yarramundi (the tidal limit of the river) and the estuary entrance between Box Head and Barrenjoey Head. The goal is to prepare a Coastal Management Program (CMP) that sets out the long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the coastal zone along the Hawkesbury. Partnering with Water Technology, Molino Stewart was engaged to undertake Stage 1 of the process which was the CMP Scoping Study including a first-pass risk assessment, stakeholder and community engagement, gaps analysis and a business case for the subsequent stages.

This Week in Disaster Resilience 26th June 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia's Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

Homes destroyed after intense thunderstorms and nearly a month's worth of rain in just 3 hours, UK

Alert raised for Laguna del Maule volcano - its last eruption took place some 2 000 years ago, Chile

Flooding in five Johor districts, more than 1,210 people evacuated

Indonesia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in North Aceh

India – Second Spate of Floods Hit Assam

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Bursa Province

Malaysia – 1,000 Evacuate Flooded Homes in Johor

Tropical Storm "Dolly" forms off the coast of northeastern U.S. as the second-earliest fourth named storm on record

Alert raised after resumption of seismicity at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

Slow-moving Old Fort landslide reactivates, forcing evacuations near Peace River, British Columbia

'Abnormally large dust cloud' making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic

Storms batter Romania leaving one dead. Flooding sweeps north and western Romania, with more bad weather in the way

Romania – 1 Missing After Heavy Rain and Floods

Nicaragua – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Chinandega Mine Collapse

Bolivia – Torrential Rain Floods Santa Cruz

Mongolia – 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Floods in Tuv and Govisümber Provinces

In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

Assam floods: More than 35,000 affected, two dead, heavy rain expected in next five day

Ukraine – 3 Dead After Severe Flooding in Western Regions

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Istanbul

7.4 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Jun 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba, Sangay

State of emergency declared after severe floods hit Serbia and Bosnia

World's largest dam in 'danger of collapse' amid historic floods -- 400 million people at risk, China

China – Flooding Worsens in Guizhou and Chongqing

Uruguay – Hundreds Evacuate After Storms and Flash Floods

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Teaching machines to detect climate extremes

Arctic records its hottest temperature ever

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth

A Siberian town near the Arctic Circle just recorded a 100-degree temperature

New research centre to explore climate change and natural hazards in the Alpine region

Weathering the storm – crisis lessons for climate resilience

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

Climate risk insurance as a means to provide emergency liquidity in times of crises

Why Are Siberian Temperatures Plummeting While the Arctic Warms?

The Ticking Time Bomb of Arctic Permafrost

Urban Heat Islands Are Warming the Arctic

Climate Change Could Make Siberia an Attractive Place to Live

Disaster risk reduction

Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund 2019-20

One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped

New book on sandy beach morphodynamics

FEMA cancels flood map deadlines after towns scrambled to meet upcoming deadline

Critical Airport Infrastructure Disaster Resilience: A Framework and Simulation Model for Rapid Adaptation

Special Issue: The L'Aquila earthquake ten years on (2009-2019): impacts and state-of-the-art

More Resilient Cities to Face Higher Risks. The Case of Genoa

Deadly 85m-high tsunami in Indonesia has lessons for New Zealand

New maps and website give fresh insights into NZ continent

The role of using precipitation or river discharge data when assessing global coastal compound flooding

Learning from multi-hazard early warning systems to respond to pandemics

Alaska Tsunami Threat

Podcast series: when disasters and conflict collide

Four principles to engage policymakers on the DRR agenda

Emergency management

Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Effective Post-Disaster Recovery

Japan braces for perfect storm of COVID-19 spreading at flood shelters

Timor-Leste: Interministerial meeting to analyze the response to disasters

Reconstructing infrastructure for resilient essential services during and following protracted conflict: A conceptual framework

Only around a third of Americans approve of the way President Donald Trump has responded to the coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina launches long-awaited Hurricane Florence home rebuilding program

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adult learning and education as a tool to contain pandemics: The COVID-19 experience

CONVERGE: The information in these modules is designed to accelerate the training of hazards and disaster researchers

COVID-19: Strengthening business resilience through peer-to-peer support

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work

The paradox of community involvement: rebuilding Minamisanriku

About three-quarters (74%) of public posts about COVID-19 linked to news organizations, while just 1% linked to health and science sites

Psychology and disasters

The pandemic makes it clear: it's time to finally address the mental health crisis in America

More Than 80% of Americans Say Nation’s Future is a Major Source of Stress

Nine years on, Fukushima’s mental health fallout lingers

Sociology and disasters

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Locals, New-locals, Non-locals: (Re)mapping people and food in post-disaster Ishinomaki, Japan

Reinventing the post-disaster cultural landscape of heritage tourism in Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Transformation of social capital during and after a disaster event: the cases Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, Atacama Region, Chile

The next disaster for Black communities

Disaster events motivate people to communicate online, create and reinforce their connections, and lead to a dynamic reticulation of the online social networks

Gender and age inequality in the face of disaster risk

Women’s group boosts resilience in the face of crisis

Multisystem Resilience for Children and Youth in Disaster: Reflections in the Context of COVID-19

Inequalities and identity processes in crises: Recommendations for facilitating safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 19th June 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tornadoes touch down in southern Alberta, as floods and tennis ball-sized hail hit Calgary

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Ankara

Pakistan – at Least 7 Killed in Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

France – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Corsica

Indonesia – Over 1,000 Homes Damaged by Floods in Gorontalo Province

Mexico – Floods in Veracruz After Storm Dumps 221mm of Rain

Flash floods leave 1 500 houses damaged or destroyed, 5 400 affected in Gorontalo, Indonesia

Severe storm leaves trail of damage, flooding across city, southern Alberta

Nepal – Landslide in Parbat Leaves 8 Dead

Nigeria – Dozens of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Akwa Ibom

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides Hit South Sulawesi

Nigeria – 3 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods Destroy a Bridge in Kwara State

Hungary and Czech Republic – 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated After Storms Trigger Flash Floods

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods Hit Abidjan and South

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jun 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador

Guatemala and Honduras – Floods and Landslides Leave 2 Dead, Thousands Affected

China – Deadly Floods and Mudslides in Sichuan

Thailand – Wind Storms and Flash Floods in North

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Economics of climate adaptation: Identifying cost-effective adaptation measures to climate change

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Adapting to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Financing for climate adaptation – an overview of current regimes

Scaling local and community-based adaptation

Recurring floods in Eastern Africa amidst projections of frequent and extreme climatic events for the region

Innovation in climate change adaptation: does it reach those who need it most?

Island ‘drowning’ is not inevitable as sea levels rise

A journey into Antarctica: the unavoidable signs of global heating

Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows

Ocean Wave Interactions with Sea Ice: A Reappraisal

Why Southern Ocean's monster waves will get even bigger

2020 likely to be the warmest year on record globally

Tuvalu wields new data in the fight against climate change

Tropical cyclone motion in a changing climate

Free course: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Research Roundup: Depicting Change Across Earth’s Frozen Places

Equity investors must pay more attention to climate change physical risk

Coordinating climate finance in Kenya: technical measures or political change?

Adapting to the uncertain: a different climate strategy

Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Climate change: Oil and gas sector 'to halve emissions by 2030'

Risk of massive wildfires continues to grow in California

Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region

Disaster risk reduction

How has Taiwan kept its coronavirus infection rate so low?

A new mindset for resilience in the face of concurrent climate and health risks

Mumbai launches flood early warning system

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Thousands fled for their lives when two Michigan dams collapsed. More disasters are coming, experts say

Financing increased for early warning systems in Small Island Developing States

The next once-a-century pandemic is coming sooner than you think – but COVID-19 can help us get ready

A model to predict flood loss in mountain areas

Atlas of global surface water dynamics

Implementation of property level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures: choices and decisions

Infiltration efficiency and subsurface water processes of a sustainable drainage system and consequences to flood management

National earthquake research programme (UDAP) success stories

National platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR regional office for Europe and Central Asia overview

Australia had more supersized bushfires creating their own storms last summer than in previous 30 years

Scientists find much earlier birth date for Earth's tectonic plates

Taking a landslide’s temperature to avert catastrophe

Spatial dependence of floods shaped by spatiotemporal variations in meteorological and land‐surface processes

How We Know a Volcano Is Restless in Remote Alaska

Disaster risk reduction in the Republic of Kiribati

Emergency management

How we evacuated millions from a cyclone during a pandemic

Capacity assessment of tsunami preparedness in the Indian Ocean

When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in

Emergency management ministers agree to review the national disaster recovery funding arrangements

Whakaari/White Island: Volcanic Alert Level lowered to Level 1, minor volcanic unrest continues

COVID-19 could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, says World Bank

Uganda wants people to leave flooded wetlands - and not come back

Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to create early insight into crises

California utility PG&E pleads guilty to 84 wildfire deaths

This Is How Firefighters Are Preparing to Battle Wildfires During a Pandemic

Smoke risk: Scientists warn forest fires could worsen coronavirus harm

When does response end and recovery begin? Exploring preparation and planning to support community’s resilient recovery

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prints (pre-photograph) that show Japan disasters

Revised hazard posters for Mt Ruapehu 2020 – 12 June 2020

Business preparedness: Calxa Australia

What's in a name: lessons from a Firewise USA site

Training module: Understanding disaster risk management

Community engagement for COVID-19 infection prevention and control: A rapid review of the evidence

Be climate, environmental and natural hazard smart

Training module on cyclone risk management

 Psychology and disasters

Differentiation and Integration of Evacuees with Regard to Lifting the Evacuation Order Following the Nuclear Power Plant Accident: A Case Study of Naraha and Tomioka Towns, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture

A method for monetising the mental health costs of flooding

Sociology and disasters

Adaptive social protection: Building resilience to shocks

The Philippines - Impact of early warning early action: Exploring the interplay between El Niño-induced drought, conflict and gender

Exploring network properties of social media interactions and activities during Hurricane Sandy

Drivers and barriers of societal transformation in natural hazard management focusing on attempts to integrate multi-functional protection schemes in the context of flood and avalanche hazards

This case study makes the case for the effectiveness of early warning and the role of young people in flood preparedness in Jakarta, Indonesia


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 12th June 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

A further significant failure at the site of the Alta quick clay landslide

Czech Republic – Deadly Flash Floods in East

China – Thousand Affected by Floods in Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi

USA – Storm Cristobal Brings Flooding Along Gulf Coast

New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

Flooding forcing some southeastern Manitoba residents to flee under mandatory evacuation order

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South

Ghana – Floods Turn Deadly in Accra

Tremor at East Java’s Mount Ijen triggers isolated tsunami, killing one

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Jun 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

China floods: dozens killed and hundreds of thousands displaced

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finding solutions in nature for climate change

Origin of interannual variability in global mean sea level

New Jersey Becomes First State to Put the Climate Crisis in Its K-12 Curriculum

Measuring farm households’ vulnerability and resilience to climate shocks now possible, new research shows

Traditional knowledge helps Indigenous people adapt to climate crisis, research shows

Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters - new UN report

Loss and damage from natural disasters made worse by climate change

Patterns in permafrost soils could help climate change models

Bangladesh leads climate-threatened nations in push for global action

Australia's longest weather record reveals snow in surprising places

'Surprisingly rapid' rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown

Disaster risk reduction

Japan’s Integration of All-Hazard Resilience and Covid-19 Countermeasures

India's cyclone response saves lives. Climate resilient infrastructure will save livelihoods

Disaster resilience scorecard assessment: Case studies and lessons learned from North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia

Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunities for social-ecological resilience to flooding and water quality problems

Rush to Publish Risks Undermining COVID-19 Research

Recurring Floods in Eastern Africa amidst Projections of Frequent and Extreme Climatic Events for the Region

What Are the Key Drivers Controlling the Quality of Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts?

Bushfire royal commission looks to the past to show a troubling future

As Pakistan glacier melt surges, efforts to cut flood risk drag

Is the world making progress against the pandemic? We built the chart to answer this question

Q&A with A/Prof Phil Zylstra - National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with A/Prof Tina Bell - National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with Prof Mike Clarke - National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Full reservoirs as monsoon sets in: Why India should watch out for floods

Nepalese farmers have much to teach us about disaster risk reduction

Resilient Queensland 2018-2021: Delivering the Queensland strategy for disaster resilience

Impacts of river engineering on river channel behaviour: Implications for managing downstream flood risk

Hydrology of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia

Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology Along the Pallatanga Fault, Central Andes of Ecuador

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

A Pacific disaster prevention review

Review article: The spatial dimension in the assessment of urban socio-economic vulnerability related to geohazards

Standards on disaster risk management for hotels and resorts

Queensland communities share in $16 million for resilient infrastructure

Mapping COVID19 cases against earthquake risk

Let’s talk about disaster risk during COVID-19

A trial using nature to reduce flood risk gets on its marks at the Leeds Brownlee Triathlon Centre

Monte Cristo Earthquake fault still active with 6,500 aftershocks

Seismic waves reveal giant structures deep beneath Earth’s surface

Emergency management

Caribbean workshop on impact-based forecasting and risk scenario planning

Pre-monsoon preparedness - Coordinated actions during flood

Displacement in paradise: Hurricane Dorian slams the Bahamas

Bangladesh Has Saved Thousands of Lives From a Devastating Cyclone – Here’s How

COVID-19 and world refugee camps

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Modified usability framework for disaster apps: A qualitative thematic analysis of user reviews

Survey: Pretest of Contents - UNESCO's 'KNOW Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)' Mobile Application

Three years of corporate broadcast news hurricane coverage failed to mention specific risks to marginalized communities

The importance of on-line educational activities on disaster risk management during COVID-19: On-line web based training activities of the new Turkish building earthquake code secured the uninterrupted continuation of capacity building of experts

Summer bushfire smoke caused health problems in two-thirds of people living in parts of NSW

Psychology and disasters

Trust and the communication of flood risks: comparing the roles of local governments, volunteers in emergency services, and neighbours

Timefulness: Thinking Like a Geologist with Professor Marcia Bjornerud

Sociology and disasters

People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

Communities with large minority populations are among the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change

Disasters and vulnerable groups: Insights for an inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience Nexus: A Study of Flash Flood Recovery in Jeddah City

Population of top 10 counties for disasters: 81% minority

Gender and age inequality of disaster risk


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 5th June 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Six killed so far in Assam floods, water begins to recede

Tropical Storm "Amanda" hits Guatemala and El Salvador, leaving at least 11 people dead

Record rains cause widespread disruption, trigger hundreds of landslides in Yunnan, China

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods in Dhofar Province

Mumbai bracing for the 'first cyclone in years'

Honduras – 3 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Wake of Storm Amanda

Tropical Storm "Cristobal" forms in the Gulf of Mexico -- heavy rainfall over Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

Earthquake at Ijen volcano triggers a 3-meter tsunami, killing 1, Indonesia

Explosion at Cleveland volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

India – 21 Killed in Assam Landslides

Yemen – Deadly Floods in Central and Eastern Governorates

Mexico – Tropical Storm Cristobal Triggers Floods in South

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finally there is real movement on Australia's climate policy but time isn’t on our side

Why Australia's vast coastline could become the next big renewable energy resource

Climate change: May was sunniest calendar month on record in UK

Latest sea level rise data

South Asia faces increased double-threat of extreme heat, extreme pollution, study shows

Climate change, displacement, and managed retreat in coastal India

Climate change increases migration at the expense of the poor

How can the Majuro Atoll adapt to the growing risks of natural hazards and sea level rise? A new study

India’s emerging blueprint for international climate leadership

Enormous Antarctic glacier on brink of collapse could raise sea levels by half a metre alone, scientists warn

Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again

Yes, we're getting more extreme rainfall, and it's due to climate change, study confirms

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often

Sunny coverage of UK heatwaves forgets risks, say climate experts

Disaster risk reduction

In pictures: Peru's most catastrophic natural disaster

'Zombie fires' reigniting in Arctic could be sign of bigger blazes to come, scientists say

Pūhāhonu: Earth’s Biggest Volcano Discovered In The Pacific Ocean

Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience

Fort McMurray Flooding Causes over $228 Million in Insured Damage

New undersea faults discovered near earthquake epicenters in southern Puerto Rico

Mozambique - Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Cost-benefit analyses for potential nature-based solutions in Nacala and Quelimane

High risk of widespread wildfires across Europe this year, EU says

The Household Resilience Program provides funding to help eligible home owners in coastal parts of Queensland improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones

6 in 10 Homes in High-Risk Flood Zones Lack Flood Insurance

Latest issue of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

New book evolves prescribed burning discussion

Australian Fire Danger Rating System program update

Current issue of ‘Fire Australia’ magazine

'I think people are prepared to listen': Calls for more cultural burning in Southern Queensland after 2019 fire season

Emergency management

The world's new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet

The importance of trust and regulation in flood disaster response

The world is in lockdown, but tropical cyclones are not

Cyclone Amphan: In Bangladesh, preparedness paid off

Avoiding a perfect storm: COVID-19 and floods in Nepal

Australian bushfires: FOIs shed new light on why Morrison government was ill-prepared

One-Quarter of Americans Say They'd Refuse a Coronavirus Vaccine

Australian fires through the eyes of United States firefighters

Friendship forged in fire

Bushfire royal commission: Future bushfires could make use of drones to keep firefighters safe

Preparing For A Triple Whammy: Hurricanes, Pandemic And A Loss Of Public Confidence

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pre-monsoon preparedness - Coordinated actions during flood

Craig Fugate: Emergency communications will be the next challenge of COVID-19

Quick Facts on Ice Sheets

The Recovery Kitchen Cookbook

Research shows 60% of people in bushfire affected areas relied on information from national broadcaster to stay safe

Sociology and disasters

Ex-Post Coping Responses and Post-Disaster Resilience: a Case from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Quality of life and subjective social status after five years of Mount Sinabung eruptions: Disaster management and current sources of inequality in displaced, remaining and relocated communities

As underserved populations face hotter neighborhoods and limited access to air conditioning, the pandemic threatens the malls and libraries where they typically find relief

Violence or the virus? Mindanao’s displaced forced to choose

Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites


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