This Week in Disaster Resilience 8th May 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kyrgyzstan – Homes Damaged After Flash Floods and Mudflows in South
http://floodlist.com/asia/kyrgyzstan-floods-batken-may-2020

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – Thousands Evacuate After Dam Fails
http://floodlist.com/asia/uzbekistan-kazakhstan-sardoba-dam-syrdarya-flood-may-2020

Yemen – 150,000 Affected by Heavy Rain and Floods Since Mid-April
http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-update-april-2020

Rwanda – Heavy Rain Leaves 8 Dead, Homes Destroyed
http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-may-2020

While Uzbekistan, like the rest of the world, is struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is suffering from another unexpected disaster
https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-70k-people-whose-homes-were-taken-by-flood

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-bandung-westjava-may-2020

Uganda – Floods Affect Thousands in Western and Northern Regions
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-western-northern-region-may-2020

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan
https://watchers.news/2020/05/04/large-mudflow-causes-severe-damage-in-isfana-kyrgyzstan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia
https://watchers.news/2020/05/01/records-tumble-as-cold-blast-sweeps-across-australia/

UK overtakes Italy with Europe's highest official coronavirus death toll
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain/uk-covid-19-death-toll-rises-above-32000-highest-in-europe-data-idUSKBN22H0WH

Kenya – More Than 100 Dead as Floods and Landslides Continue
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-update-may-2020

French Guiana – Floods Prompt Evacuations After Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/america/french-guiana-floods-may-2020

DRC – Hundreds Displaced in Ituri Province as Lake Overflows
http://floodlist.com/africa/drc-lake-albert-djugu-ituri-may-2020

Indonesia – 12,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides in Sumatra
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sumatra-may-2020

Afghanistan – Damaging Floods in Northern Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-baghlan-samangan-may-2020

Ethiopia – 107,00 Displaced by Floods, Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-update-may-2020

Panama – Deadly Landslide in Panama District
http://floodlist.com/america/panama-landslide-may-2020

Kenya – Flood Death Toll Rises, 100,000 Displaced
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-flood-update-07-may-2020

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Sulawesi Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-west-sulawesi-polewali-mandar-may-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reykjanes
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/103201/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-May-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Semeru-Dukono-Reykjanes-Nevados-de-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ten Things about Collaborating for Climate Solutions
https://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2020/04/22/ten-things-about-collaborating-for-climate-solutions/

Falling for an old flame: Can Australia really grow through gas?
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/falling-for-an-old-flame-can-australia-really-grow-through-gas-20200501-p54ozu.html

Australia listened to the experts on coronavirus. It's time we heard them on climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/may/02/australia-listened-to-the-experts-on-coronavirus-its-time-we-heard-them-on-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/30/climate/antarctica-ice-climate-change.html?smid=tw-share

Glacier detachments: A new hazard in a warming world?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71537

As much as one-third of the world's population will be exposed to Sahara Desert-like heat within half a century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/blown-away-safe-climate-niche-closing-fast-with-billions-at-risk-20200504-p54pod.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

Hydrological limits to carbon capture and storage
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-0532-7

On a Melting Planet, More Precisely Tracking the Decline of Ice
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/30042020/ice-glacier-melting-science-study

Warming Caused a Glacier in Alaska to Collapse
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/warming-caused-a-glacier-in-alaska-to-collapse/

Honolulu under triple threat of flooding as sea level rises
https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/05/03/hawaii-news/honolulu-under-triple-threat-of-flooding-as-sea-level-rises/

Project about climate change in Bangladesh comes to an end
http://www.munichre-foundation.org/en/Disaster_risk_reduction/Gibika.html

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/05/one-billion-people-will-live-in-insufferable-heat-within-50-years-study?CMP=share_btn_tw

Future of the human climate niche
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/04/28/1910114117

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-62188-4

Methane’s Rising: What Can We Do to Bring It Down?
https://eos.org/editors-vox/methanes-rising-what-can-we-do-to-bring-it-down

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?
https://e360.yale.edu/features/fortress-charleston-will-walling-off-the-city-hold-back-the-waters

Will three billion people really live in temperatures as hot as the Sahara by 2070?
https://theconversation.com/will-three-billion-people-really-live-in-temperatures-as-hot-as-the-sahara-by-2070-137776

Drought supercharged by climate change
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2020/05/06/western-megadrought-centuries-worsened-climate-change-global-warming/3036460001/

Climate change adaptation: Beyond greening humanitarian response
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71552

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?
https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-what-impact-will-the-coronavirus-pandemic-have-on-atmospheric-co2

Climate Change Has Altered Where Tropical Cyclones Occur Most Frequently, Study Says
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2020-05-06-tropical-cyclone-typhoon-hurricane-frequency-climate-change

Disaster risk reduction

WomenInHydrology – a new initiative to connect female hydrologists worldwide
https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/hs/2020/04/15/womeninhydrology-a-new-initiative-to-connect-female-hydrologists-worldwide/

Geoscientists Help Map the Pandemic
https://eos.org/articles/geoscientists-help-map-the-pandemic

Fragile countries could see 1 billion coronavirus cases
https://www.rescue.org/article/fragile-countries-could-see-1-billion-coronavirus-cases-heres-why

Australia’s natural hazards risk profile
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-april-2020-australia-s-natural-hazards-risk-profile/

Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/report-recommends-measures-to-avoid-repeat-of-flooding-in-quebec-community-1004177762/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Economic motivation for raising coastal flood defenses in Europe
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15665-3.epdf

Tectonic Controls on Global Variations of Large-Magnitude Explosive Eruptions in Volcanic Arcs
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2020.00127/full

Strength in Beauty – Rethinking Tsunami Defense
http://floodlist.com/protection/strength-in-beauty-rethinking-tsunami-defense?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A prehistoric lake has provided a long-term record of floods and flows on the Murray Darling River
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/ancient-lake-provides-insight

When disaster strikes locally, urban networks spread the damage globally
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71631

Barriers to insurance as a flood risk management tool: Evidence from a survey of property owners
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71624

Forest fires in the Alps
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71627

Federal wildfire policy and the responsibilities of community planners and homeowners
https://wildfiretoday.com/2020/05/03/federal-wildfire-policy-and-the-responsibilities-of-community-planners-and-homeowners/

Using statistical methods borrowed from economics, a new flood study estimates the effect of hard surfaces on high waters
https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/flood-study-with-fresh-approach-measures-downside-of-pavement/

Causal Effect of Impervious Cover on Annual Flood Magnitude for the United States
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019GL086480

Coastal Inundation Dashboard
https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundationdb/#

A multi-hazards earth science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic: The potential for concurrent and cascading crises Environment Systems and Decisions http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71659

Here are 10 steps to build a stronger Australia after coronavirus
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/05/here-are-10-steps-to-build-a-stronger-australia-after-coronavirus?CMP=share_btn_tw

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/05/a-deadly-cycle-of-destruction-how-greed-for-land-is-fuelling-amazon-fires?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we'll likely be here for a very long time
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-humans-extinct-existential-threats.html

Flood prediction using parameters calibrated on limited discharge data and uncertain rainfall scenarios
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2020.1747619

Emergency management

Visual representation of hodge-podge, state by state response of c-19 in USA
https://boingboing.net/2020/04/28/map-of-state-level-coronavirus.html

April 2020 edition of Australian Journal of Emergency Management
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-april-2020/

New roadmap gives Australia two paths out of COVID-19 lockdown: elimination or adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71573

JapanTimes online newspaper discusses changes to disaster response, based on C-19 trajectory
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/03/national/experts-urge-rethink-disaster-response-measures-japan-battles-coronavirus/

Cred Crunch, Issue No. 58, April 2020 - Disaster* Year in Review 2019
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71642

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK
https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-why-you-need-to-wear-a-face-mask-in-france-but-not-in-the-uk-137856

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis
https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/01/three-potential-futures-for-covid-19/

‘This is a yo-yo.’ COVID-19 hits families still suffering from Hurricane Florence
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article242434306.html

Emergency managers work nonstop to prepare communities for hurricanes during pandemic
https://southerlymag.org/2020/05/06/emergency-managers-work-nonstop-to-prepare-communities-for-hurricanes-during-pandemic/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International guide to value and engage children and youth in disaster risk reduction
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-april-2020-international-guide-to-value-and-engage-children-and-youth-in-disaster-risk-reduction/

Strengthening resilience in Tanzania through creative public engagement
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71567

Fostering student participation in disaster risk reduction through disaster video games
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71569

The influence of tailored risk communication on individual adaptive behaviour
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71562

The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?
https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-climate-change-ocean-game/

COVID-19 global response: Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE)
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71636

Evaluation of flood risk communication materials
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71626

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren’t ready for both coronavirus and a disaster
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71657

New book on ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’
https://www.amazon.com/Disaster-Education-Communication-Engagement-Dufty/dp/1119569796/ref=sr_1_16

Risk Communication Basics
https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/risk-communication-guidebook.html

Disaster psychology

Lockdown and Social Distancing – Are There Positives?
https://psychcentral.com/blog/lockdown-and-social-distancing-are-there-positives/

Disasters force us to rely on each other
https://grist.org/climate/forget-the-tp-heres-what-you-really-need-to-get-through-a-disaster/

The global jolt toward creative thinking
https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2020/0501/The-global-jolt-toward-creative-thinking

A third of Americans experienced high levels of psychological distress during the coronavirus outbreak
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/05/07/a-third-of-americans-experienced-high-levels-of-psychological-distress-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Sociology and disasters

In 2018, a wildfire swept through Northern California. Forensic anthropologists were called in to identify skeletal remains in a devastated recovery scene
https://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2020/04/22/forensic-anthropology-in-a-changing-climate/

During coronavirus, we need social sciences and humanities more than ever
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-01/abc-top-5-we-need-social-sciences-humanities-amid-coronavirus/12177504

Cultivating social ties in the age of physical distancing
https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/71227

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71618

Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341179479_Seeking_commonalities_of_community_resilience_to_natural_hazards_A_cluster_analysis_approach

The building of social resilience in Sichuan after the Wenchuan earthquake: A perspective of the socio-government interactions
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340655676_The_building_of_social_resilience_in_Sichuan_after_the_Wenchuan_earthquake_A_perspective_of_the_socio-government_interactions

After Covid-19, it's in everyone's interest to help the world's poorest countries
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/04/covid-19-world-poorest-countries-aid-relief-package

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52574931

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3531149

Living near volcanoes: Scoping the gaps between the local community and volcanic experts in southern Chile
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0377027320300238

Community resilience to cyclone and storm surge disasters: Evidence from coastal communities of Bangladesh
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340135729_Community_resilience_to_cyclone_and_storm_surge_disasters_Evidence_from_coastal_communities_of_Bangladesh

Coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained, WHO says
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-could-kill-190-000-africa-first-year-if-not-n1202296?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_nw

 

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