This Week in Disaster Resilience 16th October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

After two days of heavy rain, parts of Port Fairy and Warrnambool have flooded
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-150-homes-at-risk-in-once-in-a-decade-coastal-flooding-20201009-p563sc.html

Five In Vietnam And Two In Cambodia Die In Floods
https://theaseanpost.com/article/five-vietnam-and-two-cambodia-die-floods

Storm-ravaged southwestern Louisiana takes stock of damage after Delta
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/10/louisiana-coast-hurricane-delta/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main

Cambodia – Widespread Flooding Leaves 10 Dead
http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-october-2020

Ghana – Flash Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Accra
http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-flash-floods-cause-traffic-chaos-in-accra

Vietnam – at Least 7 Dead or Missing After Floods in Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-quangtri-october-2020

Flooding in South-East Asia leaves at least 20 dead, thousands homeless
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-12/flooding-vietnam-cambodia-at-least-20-dead-typhoon-linfa/12757392

Vietnam – Floods Worsens as Tropical Storm Linfa Makes Landfall
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-storm-linfa-october-2020

USA – Flash Floods After Hurricane Delta Dumps 445mm of Rain in Louisiana
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-hurricane-delta-floods-louisiana-georgia-october-2020

Uganda – Lake Floods Continue to Cause Hardship for Communities
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-lake-albert-kyoga-floods-october-2020

Mideast wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes
https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-middle-east-lebanon-israel-west-bank-5a02c71978966f9cb8db176a599ccd5b

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 8 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-mid-october-2020

Hyderabad Floods: Non-Stop Rains Kill 19 As Life Comes To Halt, Total 30 Dead In Telangana
https://swarajyamag.com/insta/hyderabad-floods-non-stop-rains-kill-19-amid-heavy-water-logging-total-30-dead-in-telangana

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Oct 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/111445/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Oct-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay-Vi.html

Philippines – 3 Die in Flash Floods in Cebu City
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-flash-floods-cebu-october-2020

India – Deadly Floods in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-andhrapradesh-karnataka-maharashtra-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How many people will migrate due to rising sea levels? Our best guesses aren’t good enough
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74044

Bangladesh urges countries to ramp up climate ambition by 2020 deadline
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/07/bangladesh-leads-call-countries-ramp-climate-ambition-2020-deadline/

Net zero emissions target for Australia could launch $63bn investment boom
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/12/net-zero-emissions-target-for-australia-could-launch-63bn-investment-boom?CMP=share_btn_tw

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-0001-2

Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/12/un-highlights-dramatic-global-rise-in-extreme-weather-since-2020

The Ocean-Land Connection of Droughts
https://eos.org/editor-highlights/the-ocean-land-connection-of-droughts

'Uninhabitable hell': Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns
https://news.trust.org/item/20201012090728-xjrme/

How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities
https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-how-urban-heat-islands-will-intensify-heatwaves-in-uk-cities

Trillions of extra economic damages predicted in new study of climate change effects
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74113

The Arctic is burning in a whole new way
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74109

People power: everyday Australians are building their own renewables projects, and you can too
https://theconversation.com/people-power-everyday-australians-are-building-their-own-renewables-projects-and-you-can-too-146885

Top asset owners commit to big carbon emissions cuts
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/13/top-asset-managers-commit-to-big-carbon-emissions-cuts

Australia must prepare now for climate-related disasters or pay more later, insurance regulator says
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/14/australia-must-prepare-now-for-climate-related-disasters-or-pay-more-later-insurance-regulator-says

Climate change undermines the safety of buildings and infrastructure in Europe
https://www.cmcc.it/article/climate-change-undermines-the-safety-of-buildings-and-infrastructure-in-europe

Act now on wildfires, global climate change, human health, study says
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74181

Better governance is a key to reducing flood risks
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74165

Disaster risk reduction at our fingertips
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74167

Global emissions fall faster than at any time on record as COVID-19 hits economies
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/global-emissions-fall-faster-than-any-time-on-record-as-covid-19-hits-economies-20201014-p5651l.html

Disaster risk reduction

Does nature or society create risk? Practical implications of shifting the disaster frame
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/does-nature-or-society-create-risk-practical-implications-of-shifting-the-disaster-frame

A push to prevent the next pandemic
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74063

Nepal’s ‘bottom-up’ approach to disaster risk governance
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74040

High-resolution approach to quantify the impact of building-level flood risk mitigation and adaptation measures on flood losses at the community-level
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920314059?dgcid=author

Rethinking resilience to wildfire
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0353-8

Learning to live with blazes in the drying South
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/learning-live-conflagrations

Krakatoa is still active, and we are not ready for the tsunamis another eruption would generate
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74112

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74132

Cities at risk – Building a resilient future for the world’s urban centres
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74130

Root causes and policy dilemmas of the COVID-19 pandemic global disaster
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74098

Public warning systems
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74103

Why loss and damage must feature strongly in NDCs
https://wwf.panda.org/?955216/Loss-damage-NDCs

Flood Factor: Mapping the flood risk of 142 million properties in America with Mapbox
https://blog.mapbox.com/flood-factor-mapping-the-flood-risk-of-142-million-properties-in-america-with-mapbox-81cd41d644f8

COVID-19; an opportunity to re-think disaster risk governance
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/covid-19--an-opportunity-to-re-think-disaster-risk-governance.html

MOOC: Geospatial applications for disaster risk management
https://un-spider.org/news-and-events/events/mooc-geospatial-applications-disaster-risk-management

Planning for everyone: closing gaps in hazard mitigation planning
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74178

New data highlights most disaster-prone U.S. communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74147

Better risk management should guide our action to build back better
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74148

Open, reliable risk data: a key element for good disaster risk governance
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74105

Public review of the Words into Action guide: ‘Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction’
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74080

State of Climate Services 2020 report: move from early warnings to early action
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/state-of-climate-services-2020-report-move-from-early-warnings-early-action

Record rainfall and poor urban planning: What caused Hyderabad to flood
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/record-rainfall-and-poor-urban-planning-what-caused-hyderabad-flood-135328

Emergency management

Comparing Corona virus responses in Florida and Australia: For the best results, follow the science
https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/comparing-corona-virus-responses-in-florida-and-australia-for-the-best-results-follow-the-science/

2020 Atlantic hurricane season on pace to become the most active ever
https://www.unocha.org/story/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season-pace-become-most-active-ever

Community planning and capacity building in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria: Pre-disaster conditions, hurricane damage, and courses of action
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74092

France declares state of emergency due to Covid-19
https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/france-declares-state-emergency-covid-19-macron-coronavirus/

Epidemic preparedness and response
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74144

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Women’s Resilience to Disasters Knowledge Hub
https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/74099

How is social media shaping disaster governance?
https://www.sei.org/perspectives/how-is-social-media-shaping-disaster-governance/

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills
https://www.shakeout.org/register/

Beyond (Mis)Representation: Visuals in COVID-19 Misinformation
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1940161220964780

PIRAC launches a social media campaign on disaster preparedness in a context of COVID-19 outbreak
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74095

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction booklet
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74133

Principles of risk communication guide: A guide to communicating with socially vulnerable populations across the disaster lifecycle
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74134

My Fire Plan
https://www.myfireplan.com.au/

Big Weather education resources address our changing weather and what we can do to survive it
https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/3710253/big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it/all

inSIGHT: a participatory game for enhancing disaster risk governance
https://www.iccrom.org/news/insight-participatory-game-enhancing-disaster-risk-governance

Information for the people
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74146

International Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Why being prepared is key to overcoming 21st century challenges
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74149

Public opinion on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/public-opinion-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic

23% of users in U.S. say social media led them to change views on an issue; some cite Black Lives Matter
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/15/23-of-users-in-us-say-social-media-led-them-to-change-views-on-issue-some-cite-black-lives-matter/

Psychology and disasters

Public risk perception attitude and information-seeking efficacy on floods: a formative study for disaster preparation campaigns and policies
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-020-00307-5

Participants in program for vulnerable young people are helping communities recover from bushfires
https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-young-people-helping-communities-recovering/12763516

‘Solastalgia': Arctic inhabitants overwhelmed by new form of climate grief
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/15/arctic-solastalgia-climate-crisis-inuit-indigenous

Sociology and disasters

Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1M people are at risk
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article245591165.html

The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)
https://www.undrr.org/publication/human-cost-disasters-overview-last-20-years-2000-2019

 

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