This Week in Disaster Resilience 2nd October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters 

Wildfire erupts in California's Napa County, emergency evacuations over 'dangerous rate of spread' 

Severe storms in Italy produce damaging tornadoes, flash floods and landslides 

Nepal – Heavy Rain and Floods in Southern Central Areas Leave 4 Dead, Houses Destroyed 

South Sudan – 625,000 Affected by Floods in 34 Counties 

Ghana – Deadly Flash Floods in Ashanti Region 

Chad – Floods Affect 300,000 Says UN 

India – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods in Meghalaya and Assam 

Vietnam – Deadly Floods and Landslides in North After 340mm of Rain in 24 Hours 

Myanmar – Almost 3,000 Displaced by Floods in Kachin 

Deadly fires rage through northern California forcing tens of thousands to evacuate 

India – Third Wave of Floods Hits 300,000 Across 13 Districts 

Indonesia – 11 Dead After Landslides in North Kalimantan 

Napa Valley wineries face fury of latest California wildfire as 2020 damages mount 

3 dead, nearly 100 000 evacuate as two massive wildfires explode in Northern California 

Paralyzing flash floods and damaging hail hits Istanbul, Turkey 

100 000 people stranded as highest rainfall in 60 years hits Rangpur, Bangladesh 

Ashfall produced by Sangay destroys 11 200 ha of crops, affecting at least 24 500 farmers, Ecuador 

Bangladesh – Tens of Thousands Hit by Floods in North 

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Oct 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono 

Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffers worst fires in a decade 

Benin – 7,000 Displaced by Niger River Floods in North East 

 Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

US sees ‘alarming’ increase in combined heatwaves and droughts 

Hurricanes near U.S. coast forecast to worsen and multiply due to global warming 

What's in Boris Johnson's climate in tray? 

The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change 

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds 

UNDP helped develop a Vulnerability to Climate Hazards Index – the first of its kind worldwide – which measures households' exposure to hurricanes, storms and other climate phenomena 

Climate change adaptation projects continue amid coronavirus pandemic 

How our warmer oceans are contributing to climate breakdown 

New Sea Level Satellite Arrives at California Launch Site 

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will 

Climate scientists can take this one action to accelerate solutions for climate change 

Simpler models may be better for determining some climate risk 

Climate change increases the risk of wildfires 

Activists screen videos onto Arctic glaciers in climate protest 

Greenland ice sheet loss already 'unprecedented' and set to accelerate 

China's zero emissions target puts Australia on notice 

The Value of Initial Condition Large Ensembles to Robust Adaptation Decision‐Making 

Planetary ‘safety net’ could halt wildlife loss and slow climate breakdown 

Recommendations for a revised EU strategy on climate change adaptation 

Revised estimates of the impact of climate change on extreme poverty by 2030 

Global heating warming up 'nights faster than days' 

Disaster risk reduction 

Flood risks: More accurate data due to Covid-19 

Mitigating geohazard risk to help save lives in Nepal 

No earthquake-resistant buildings, no disaster management plan: Kashmir sits on seismological powder keg 

Traditional fire management conducted in Bega Valley, Eurobodalla — hardest-hit by last season's bushfires 

Nearly 60,000 large dams exist worldwide, with more than 3,700 currently planned or under construction 

Alabama’s nation-leading 16,000 Fortified roofs held up well to Hurricane Sally 

New knowledge about what causes thunderstorms and cloud bursts 

Lumberton County Floodprint: Strategies for Repurposing Vulnerable Landscapes After Disaster 

Wood Buffalo council opts for berms, not buyouts for most flood-affected neighbourhoods 

The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city 

Framing the challenge of urban flooding in the United States 

BOM declares a La Nina, signalling wet spring and summer likely for northern, eastern Australia 

Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor 

Phivolcs monitoring 'abnormal' conditions in four volcanoes 

Strengthening Coastal Counties Resilience Challenge 

National Platform of Disaster Risk Reduction in Turkey 

2020 State of flood report: Actions for a more protected and resilient planet 

Towards coordinated self-organization: An actor-centered framework for the design of disaster management information 

New woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years 

Africa road map for improving the availability, access and use of disaster risk information for early warning and early action, including in the context of transboundary risk management 

Understanding Catastrophe Modeling 

Emergency management 

Covid-19 tests that give results in minutes to be rolled out across world 

Pakistan – 300,000 in Need of Food Assistance After Floods in Sindh, Says WFP 

People-centered early warning systems in China: a bibliometric analysis of policy documents 

The COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: Impact, Responses, and Lessons from Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda 

A multilabel classification approach to identify hurricane‐induced infrastructure disruptions using social media data 

Experts call for tech upgrades to help fight wildfires 

ACT Alliance members in Indonesia: Preparing the communities to respond better to disasters 

Counting the costs: Improving disaster recovery cost estimation 

A member of an elite firefighting team answers our questions about California's inferno 

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfires: from temporary evacuation to longer-term displacement 

Fires and Storms Push Demand for Emergency Shelter to a New High 

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

DepEd, partners launch RADaR app to ensure learning continuity after disasters 

Localized action for social behavior change in COVID-19 

Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic 

A history of the human choices that led to one of the century’s worst natural disasters 

Where the UK government is going wrong in its coronavirus messaging, according to a marketing expert 

Psychology and disasters 

More firefighters die from suicide each year than in the line of duty 

Around the world, people who accidentally spread the coronavirus must face both a dangerous illness and an onslaught of online condemnation 

Art therapy: This is how the arts can sharpen mental health research 

Measuring individual disaster preparedness 

Sociology and disasters 

Wealthy Benefit Most From Hurricanes 

The Demography of Disasters 

Socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on household consumption and poverty 

The climate change risks, trends and impacts and the related vulnerabilities on children in sub-Saharan Africa 

Almeda fire’s destruction of mobile home parks exacerbates Rogue Valley’s affordable housing shortage 

COVID-19 economic vulnerability vs health emergency 

The gendered nature of natural disasters: the impact of catastrophic events on the gender gap in life expectancy 

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan 


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