This Week in Disaster Resilience 4th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Devastating debris flows in Charikar, Afghanistan
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/08/28/charikar-debris-flows-1/

Death toll up to 16 for Hurricane Laura
https://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-laura-remnants-heading-northeast/

Pakistan – 19 Dead After Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-khyberpakhtunkhwa-azadkashmir-august-2020

Typhoon Maysak could become one of South Korea's strongest typhoons on record
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/08/typhoon-maysak-could-become-one-of-south-koreas-strongest-typhoons-on-record/

Maharashtra's Vidarbha hit by floods, over 18000 evacuated
https://zeenews.india.com/india/maharashtras-vidarbha-hit-by-floods-over-18000-evacuated-2306435.html

17 Dead, Over 10,000 Houses Damaged In Odisha Floods
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/17-dead-over-10-000-houses-damaged-in-odisha-floods-2287745

Flooding soaks South Asia, displacing millions during Covid-19 woes
https://www.dhakatribune.com/world/south-asia/2020/08/31/flooding-soaks-south-asia-displacing-millions-during-covid-19-woes

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal
https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/landslide-floods-from-monsoon-rains-kill-at-least-41-in-india-nepal/story-uIaE7d2oo6eAonLUprte9J.html

Severe flood death toll at 251, more than 5 million affected and wide swaths of crops lost, Bangladesh
https://watchers.news/2020/09/01/bangladesh-monsoon-death-toll-crop-loss-2020/

Record flooding leaves 93 fatalities, 80 000 homes damaged and 380 000 people affected in Sudan
https://watchers.news/2020/09/01/sudan-record-flood-2020/

Mexico – Rainfall From Storm Hernán Causes Flooding in Jalisco and Colima
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-storm-hernan-jalisco-colima-august-2020

Typhoons Maysak and Haishen may deal South Korea a one-two punch
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/09/typhoons-maysak-and-hashien-may-deal-south-korea-a-one-two-punch/

Chad – Floods Displace 120,000
http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-august-2020-update

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Maharashtra and Gujarat
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-gujarat-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Sep 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/109491/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Sep-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

North Korea’s east coast hit with damaging typhoon and floods, state TV shows
https://www.nknews.org/2020/09/north-koreas-east-coast-hit-with-damaging-typhoon-and-floods-state-tv-shows/

Nepal – 12 Dead, 41 Missing After Floods and Landslides in Baglung
http://floodlist.com/asia/baglung-nepal-floods-september-2020

Pakistan – 30 Dead After More Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-flash-floods-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-september-2020

North Korea – Rain From Typhoon Maysak Triggers Flooding in Eastern Areas
http://floodlist.com/asia/north-korea-typhoon-maysak-september-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Low-tech solutions plus improved coordination for climate resilience in coastal Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73327

2019 monitoring report on the German strategy for adaptation to climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73352

Adaptation to climate change: Does traditional ecological knowledge hold the key?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73347

We need a paradigm shift to deal with loss and damage from climate change
https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/politics-climate-change/news/we-need-paradigm-shift-deal-loss-and-damage-climate-change-1950849

Hurricane Laura jumped from Category 1 to Category 4 in a day. Here's why hurricanes are now stronger, wetter, and more frequent
https://www.insider.com/hurricane-laura-climate-change-warming-water-2020-8

US adapts to climate threats with drastic shift in flood strategy
https://www.foxnews.com/weather/us-climate-threats-drastic-flood-strategy

Australian greenhouse gas emissions fall to lowest level since 1998 under Covid restrictions
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/31/australian-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-to-lowest-level-since-1998-under-covid-restrictions

Climate change may make extreme hurricane rainfall 5 times more likely, study says
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-may-make-extreme-hurricane-rainfall-five-times-more-likely-study-says/

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/31/satellite-images-show-rapid-growth-glacial-lakes

Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/28/905622947/everything-is-unprecedented-welcome-to-your-hotter-earth

Future Warming and Intensification of Precipitation Extremes: A “Double Whammy” Leading to Increasing Flood Risk in California
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020GL088679

Phoenix hits 50th day of 110 degrees; previous record 'obliterated'
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2020/08/28/phoenix-hits-50th-day-110-degrees-2020/5662386002/

Climate and disaster resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73353

Influx of renewables sees coal power plants run well below capacity, increasing chance of closures
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/influx-of-renewables-sees-coal-power-plants-run-well-below-capacity-increasing-chance-of-closures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/marmolada-queen-of-dolomites-glacier-could-vanish-within-15-years

Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn
https://www.sciencealert.com/ice-sheet-melting-is-perfectly-in-line-with-our-worst-case-scenario-scientists-warn

California is burning. It's time to demand an end to the climate crisis
https://mashable.com/article/california-wildfires-climate-change/

How Climate Change is Causing Urban Flooding in Nigeria
https://www.savethecity.org.ng/2020/07/30/how-climate-change-is-causing-urban-flooding-in-nigeria/

South Africa: environment, forestry and fisheries on approval of the country’s national climate change adaptation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73385

Disasters must be unusual or deadly to prompt local climate policy change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73365

India: the surprisingly difficult task of measuring sea-level rise
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73368

Wind And Solar Now Generate One-Tenth Of Global Electricity
https://ember-climate.org/project/global-electricity-h12020/

A post-Laura heat wave has no name
https://heated.world/p/a-post-laura-heat-wave-has-no-name

The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule
https://utorontopress.com/us/the-story-of-co2-2#utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=story_CO2

The UK needs a ‘national heat risk strategy’
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73387

Climate change-fueled weather disasters: Costs to state and local economies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73400

European wildfire danger and vulnerability under a changing climate: towards integrating risk dimensions
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73405

Heat resilience cities: measuring benefits of urban heat adaptation: methodology note for the tool development
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73397

National laws for enhancing flood resilience in the context of climate change: potential and shortcomings
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73408

New Zealand experiences warmest winter on record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/new-zealand-experiences-warmest-winter-on-record

Disaster risk reduction

Uganda: Enhancing management of Upper Nile riverine systems
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73330

Fires threaten the Amazon once again. What have we learned?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73324

U.S. flood strategy shifts to ‘unavoidable’ relocation of entire neighborhoods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73338

Building urban resilience with nature-based solutions: How can urban planning contribute?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73346

ICT for Disaster Risk Management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73351

Why extreme floods are more common than you might think
https://rss.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1740-9713.2018.01209.x

Understanding Risk BC 2020 – Online Symposium for Risk Reduction Strategies
http://floodlist.com/protection/understanding-risk-bc-2020

The Le Teil earthquake provides new insights on seismic risk in France and Western Europe
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73355

Bangladesh: Time to develop a reliable flood forecasting model
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73359

U.S.: Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73360

Scientists unlock crops' power to resist floods
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-scientists-crops-power-resist.html

Chennai: Civic body gets monsoon-ready with rain gauges, flood sensors
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-civic-body-gets-monsoon-ready-with-rain-gauges-flood-sensors/articleshow/77830916.cms

How to protect communities from disasters – what research tells us
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73362

Artificial intelligence algorithm predicts slow earthquakes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73369

Setting an agenda for entrepreneurial governments: A global baseline assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction investment
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73341

El Nino lulls lead to harsh floods, fires and droughts: study
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/el-nino-lulls-lead-to-harsh-floods-fires-and-droughts-study-20200901-p55rcr.html

Too heartbreaking to leave, too expensive to stay: Louisiana coastal communities left in limbo
https://southerlymag.org/2020/08/07/too-heartbreaking-to-leave-too-expensive-to-stay-louisiana-coastal-communities-left-in-limbo/

Poor planning, civic apathy and huge floods – it’s the same story from Karachi to Kolkata
https://scroll.in/article/971971/poor-planning-civic-apathy-and-huge-floods-its-the-same-story-from-karachi-to-kolkata

A big step for flood forecasts in India and Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73398

A panacea for India’s flood woes – lost and forgotten
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73393

Aqueduct Floods is an online platform that measures riverine and coastal flood risks under both current base-line conditions and future projections in 2030, 2050, and 2080
https://files.wri.org/s3fs-public/aqueduct-floods-methodology.pdf

Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities: Towards a New Normal
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-981-15-4948-9_7

Emergency management

Biloxi’s 15-year recovery from Hurricane Katrina offers lessons for other coastal cities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73319

Satellite imagery reveals, in precise detail, extent of NSW bushfire destruction across Black Summer
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-28/satellite-images-reveal-extent-of-nsw-black-summer-bushfires/12601928

Battle weary: as fire season looms, volunteers still coping with the last one
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/battle-weary-as-fire-season-looms-volunteers-still-coping-with-the-last-one-20200827-p55pw8.html

Before and after satellite images show widespread destruction from Hurricane Laura
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/28/us/satellite-images-hurricane-laura-before-after-trnd/index.html

2019 global natural disaster assessment report
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73363

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-august-2020/

Record floods threaten nuclear power site in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73381

New Red Cross Red Crescent-UK Met Office guide to ‘impact-based forecasting’ for early humanitarian action
https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1317/new-red-cross-red-crescent-uk-met-office-guide-to-a-impact-based-forecastinga-for-early-humanitarian-action

Sudan: UN Agencies Support Flood Response in Sudan but Warn Aid Stocks 'Rapidly' Depleting
https://allafrica.com/stories/202009020064.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Earthquake detection and early alerts, now on your Android phone
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73334

Realtor.com® integrates flood factor data, helps shoppers understand flood risk
https://firststreet.org/press/press-release-realtor-com-integrates-flood-factor-data/

More bushfires, less volcanoes: Young Australians need to learn about more relevant disasters
https://theconversation.com/more-bushfires-less-volcanoes-young-australians-need-to-learn-about-more-relevant-disasters-145163

#30days30waysUK aims to inspire and empower people to be ready for a wide range of risks like flooding, fire and power cuts
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/be-prepared-not-scared-september-month-long-social-media-campaign-help-northamptonshire-residents-2955838

Are you Flood Ready? Test your knowledge of floods and flood readiness
https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/flood-ready/quiz.html

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=1000

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73379

Principles of Geology
https://timescavengers.blog/introductory-material/geologic-time/principles-of-geology/

In rural Bangladesh, a journey to school-led disaster risk reduction begins
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73376

Psychology and disasters

Reducing hydro-meteorological risk by nature-based solutions: What do we know about people’s perceptions?
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/12/2599

COVID-19 and the consequences of cascading and compounding disasters
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-31/covid-bushfires-and-coping-with-cascading-disasters/12606328

'It was a feeling of terror: when will the water stop?': Britain's flood victims, six months on
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/29/when-will-the-water-stop-britain-flood-victims-six-months-on

Sociology and disasters

Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343956760_Resilience_in_the_Pacific_and_the_Caribbean_The_Local_Construction_of_Disaster_Risk_Reduction

5 ways to help take racism out of disaster recovery
https://kinder.rice.edu/urbanedge/2020/08/26/hurricane-laura-harvey-5-ways-take-racism-out-disaster-recovery

Can extreme events be an opportunity? Depopulation and resilience of rural communities in Central Italy after the 1997 earthquake
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343981559_Can_extreme_events_be_an_opportunity_Depopulation_and_resilience_of_rural_communities_in_Central_Italy_after_the_1997_earthquake

Low-income households should be prioritized after disaster strikes
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/514384-low-income-households-should-be-prioritized-after-disaster-strikes#.X01TNyHH2lg.twitter

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343877167_High-resolution_human_mobility_data_reveal_race_and_wealth_disparities_in_disaster_evacuation_patterns

How Japan Stumbled into a Pandemic Miracle
https://online.ucpress.edu/currenthistory/article/119/818/217/111341/How-Japan-Stumbled-into-a-Pandemic-Miracle

Closing the gaps: Advancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery for older adults
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73401

 

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