This Week in Disaster Resilience 18th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09092020/wildfires-american-west-climate

The death toll from wildfires choking the west coast of the US continued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/us-west-coast-choked-by-smoke-as-firefighters-tackle-deadly-wildfires?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Floods generated by exceptional rainfall have killed more than 200 people and affected over a million more, in a band of countries from Senegal to Sudan
https://ewn.co.za/2020/09/11/200-killed-in-floods-across-africa

Tropical Storm Sally Is Heading North, Stalking New Orleans
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-12/tropical-depression-to-bring-flooding-rains-across-gulf-coast

Nepal – Over 30 Dead or Missing After Floods and Landslides in Sindhupalchok
http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-landslides-sindhupalchok-september-2020

Tunisia – Floods Leave 6 Dead After Days of Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/africa/tunisia-floods-september-2020

DR Congo – 50 Feared Dead as Mine Collapses During Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-southkivu-mine-collapse-flood-september-2020

Ethiopia – 300,000 Displaced by Floods, Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-update-september-2020

Hurricane Sally strengthens 'rapidly' as Gulf Coast braces, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi
https://www.foxnews.com/us/hurricane-sally-warning-gulf-coast-louisiana-mississippi-new-orleans-mandatory-evacuation-storm-surge

Mauritania – Deadly Floods in South and East
http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritania-floods-september-2020

1,000 Firefighters, 15 Aircraft Battle Wildfire in Portugal
https://www.fireengineering.com/2020/09/14/493587/1000-firefighters-15-aircraft-battle-wildfire-in-portugal/

Death toll rises in US as wildfires continue in West Coast states
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54130785

Cape Verde – Deadly Flash Floods in Praia
http://floodlist.com/africa/cape-verde-deadly-flash-floods-in-praia

Indonesia – at Least 4 Dead, 2,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-september-2020-kalimantan

Hurricane Sally nears U.S. Gulf Coast as residents brace for historic floods
https://globalnews.ca/news/7337037/hurricane-sally-rain-floods/

Firefighters make progress in west coast blazes as smoke spreads across US
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/west-coast-fires-firefighters-oregon-washington-california?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Uganda – Deadly Flash Floods in Kampala
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kampala-september-2020

India – 1 Dead, 34,000 Affected After Fresh Floods in Assam
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-september-2020

Vietnam – 2 Dead After Severe Storms Cause Floods and Landslides in North
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-landslides-hagiang-september-2020

Lightning strikes kill 42 people in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India
https://watchers.news/2020/09/16/lightning-strikes-kill-42-people-in-bihar-and-uttar-pradesh-india/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flooding, Power Outages Spread as Hurricane Sally Batters Alabama, Florida
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-09-15-hurricane-sally-mississippi-alabama-florida-louisiana-evacuations-impacts

India's coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-16/india-coronavirus-case--pass-5-million/12670756

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-landslides-september-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in West Papua, Floods in Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-papua-september-2020

After the floods, assessing Hurricane Sally's damage
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-sally-damage-idUSKBN268347

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Bezymianny
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/110108/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Sep-2020-Semeru-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Bezymianny-Nev.html

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Sally unleashes "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding along Gulf Coast
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/hurricane-sally-flooding-gulf-coast-alabama-florida-one-dead-three-mile-bridge/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73538

UK: the record-breaking August 2020 heatwave
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73555

Climate insights 2020: natural disasters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73565

South Australia solar power reaches 94 pct of state demand on Sunday
https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-solar-power-reaches-94-pct-of-state-demand-on-sunday-84513/

The Age Of The ‘Megafire’ Is Upon Us
https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2020/09/11/the-age-of-the-megafire-is-upon-us/#2379c8379cab

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/10/world/climate-global-displacement-report-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes
https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2020-09-11-extreme-weather-climate-change-disasters-wildfires-flooding-hurricanes

A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap breaks off as Arctic shifts to new climate regime
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/greenland-ice-cap-1.5723009

Consortium Launches Program to Train Next Generation of City Climate Resilience Leaders
https://www.wri.org/news/2020/09/release-consortium-launches-program-train-next-generation-city-climate-resilience

A warming California sets the stage for future floods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73586

Slightest heat increase magnifies hurricane risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73591

South-South cooperation to tackle climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73598

Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73559

Multiple benefits of DRR investment: UR Tanzania
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73584

UBC researchers launch vulnerability index to track potential health impacts of climate change
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-researchers-launch-vulnerability-index-to-track-potential-health-impacts-of-climate-change-1.5713920

The seawater carbon inventory at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/09/08/2003197117

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73607

We need to treat extreme events as connected, not as anomalies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73603

More Americans think climate change poses a long-term threat to society than COVID-19 – 55% versus 44% respectively
https://www.climateweeknyc.org/new-research-more-americans-think-climate-change-poses-long-term-threat-society-covid-19

6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires
https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/us-fires-climate-emissions

Just One Name Left on the Hurricane List and It’s Only September
https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Just-one-Name-is-left-on-the-Hurricane-list-and-its-only-September.html

New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73643

Disaster risk reduction

Learning from experience: Insights from China’s progress in disaster risk management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73536

UAE cultivates the first private sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the Arab Region
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73507

A data-driven framework to address gender issues in managing flood risks: flood risk management support project for the city of Buenos Aires
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73546

Coastal development between opportunity and disaster risk: a multisectoral risk assessment for Vietnam
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73549

Flood risk management in Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73526

Reimagining resilience in a post pandemic world
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73553

Strengthening hydromet services, disaster preparedness and urban resilience in Honduras
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73545

Americans back tough limits on building in fire and flood zones
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73575

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73576

Flood risk and coastal assessment of the Tocumen river: prioritization of hybrid infrastructure for urban flood risk reduction in Panama
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73562

Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal?
https://www.thethirdpole.net/ne/2020/09/14/why-are-landslides-so-deadly-in-nepal/

Modelling would predict where dangerous blazes could occur across Australia so firefighting planes and helicopters could be deployed in advance
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/15/philanthropic-foundation-dreams-of-extinguishing-all-bushfires-within-an-hour-with-high-tech-help

Localization and coalescence of seismicity before large earthquakes
https://academic.oup.com/gji/article-abstract/223/1/561/5863945#.X1-4dUilmZM.twitter

Developing open-source technical business and scientific standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair and replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia
https://www.cmsi.org.au/

FT Ministry ready to work with others to address KL flash floods
https://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/ft-ministry-ready-to-work-with-others-to-address-kl-flash-floods-259331

The Indian Government’s flood insurance packages can do better. This is how
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73593

Megafires: Climate change or land management?
https://www.niskanencenter.org/megafires-climate-change-or-land-management/

Beyond 2D inventories: synoptic 3D landslide volume calculation from repeat LiDAR data
https://esurf.copernicus.org/preprints/esurf-2020-73/

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey's northern coast
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73624

California wildfires: can insurance markets handle the risk?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73614

Effectiveness of flood early warning system to reduce economic loss at four communities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73615

World risk report 2020 - focus: forced displacement and migration
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73612

Our land was taken. But we still hold the knowledge of how to stop mega-fires
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/16/california-wildfires-cultural-burns-indigenous-people

Disruptive resilience: an agenda for the new normal in cities of the global South
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73638

Investing in early fire detection could save $8 billion
https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/investing-in-early-fire-detection-could-save-8-billion

Flash flood indicators
https://www.efas.eu/en/flash-flood-indicators

Emergency management

Made worse by tree loss, flooding forces migration in Afghanistan
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73535

US: In the line of fire
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73572

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73599

Covid-19: Fearing a second wave, the French government is relying on a local strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73601

Firefighters pushed to the limits as unprecedented infernos rage across US west coast
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/firefighters-pushed-to-the-limits-as-unprecedented-infernos-rage-across-us-west-coast

Who Gets the First COVID-19 Vaccines? The Answer is a Complex Tangle of Science and Ethics
https://blog.ucsusa.org/taryn-mackinney/who-gets-the-first-covid-19-vaccines-the-answer-is-a-complex-tangle-of-science-and-ethics

On the Fire Line, Grueling Work and a Shared Purpose
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/climate/firefighting-techniques.html

The Scariest Part of These Fires Is What Happens Next
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-scariest-part-of-these-wildfires-in-california-washington-and-oregon-is-what-happens-next?ref=author

“We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in aotearoa New Zealand
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920313613?dgcid=author

Sudan pleads for aid to tackle devastating floods
https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/world/sudan-pleads-for-aid-to-tackle-devastating-floods/n8826be

Australian Major Incidents Report 2019-20 published
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/major-incidents-report-2019-20-published/

Interim observations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/interim-observations-1

Schools get ready for bushfire season
https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/latest-news/schools-get-ready-for-bushfire-season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptive capacity as an educational goal to advance policy for integrating DRR into quality education for sustainable development
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73570

There’s actually a word for the climate change-induced despair you’ve been feeling
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-13/solastalgia-climate-change-induced-despair

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12665

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73628

Combination of school evacuation drill with tsunami inundation simulation: consensus-making between disaster experts and citizens on an evacuation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73610

National youth survey on climate change and disaster risk
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/national-youth-survey-on-climate-change-and-disaster-risk/

Australia it’s time to get prepared for… Big Weather (and how to survive it)
https://help.abc.net.au/hc/en-us/articles/360001880455-Australia-it-s-time-to-get-prepared-for-Big-Weather-and-how-to-survive-it-

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and patients with serious mental illness
https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/227579/schizophrenia-other-psychotic-disorders/covid-19-and-patients-serious

Solastalgia and Californian wildfires
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/wildfires-california-2020-climate-change-effect-1059197/

For many families, the first disaster can be far from the last
https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/09/10/many-families-first-disaster-can-be-far-last

Exposure Outliers: Children, Mothers, and Cumulative Disaster Exposure in Louisiana
https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol19/iss1/4/

Extreme rains lead to more rural farmer suicides than droughts: Study
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73602

Is the climate crisis creating a mental health crisis?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73592

Bouncing Back During COVID-19
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202009/bouncing-back-during-covid-19

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes and COVID-19 in Florida: Are counties prepared to protect hurricane-vulnerable populations?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73534

Addressing gendered and other inequalities will be central to COVID-19 recovery
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73556

Building trust within and across communities for health emergency preparedness
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73619

Latino, Black, Native American households suffer disproportionate financial strain amid pandemic
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/minority-homes-bear-financial-strain-amid-covid-19/story?id=73025891

Women’s leadership in the Pacific: trailblazer opens world of disaster management to women
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73640

Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific children and youth voices on climate crisis and disaster risk reduction
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73633

 

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