This Week in Disaster Resilience 20th March 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Homes Damaged After Floods in Pwani Region
http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-pwani-march-2020

Colombia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Santander
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-santander-march-2020

Timor-Leste – Around 200 Homes Destroyed After Massive Flooding in Dili
http://floodlist.com/asia/timor-leste-flooding-dili-march-2020

Angola – Floods in Cuanza Sul, Malanje and Lunda Sul Provinces
http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-cuanzasul-malanje-lundasul-march-2020

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Herold Causes Flooding in North East
http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-herold-march-2020

Fiji – Roads Swamped After 200mm of Rain in 24 Hours
http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-viti-levu-floods-march-2020

Peru – Dozens of Homes Damaged by Floods and Mudslides in Arequipa
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-arequipa-march-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Mar 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventado
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/100232/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Mar-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Reventado.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climatologist makes clear: We’re still on pandemic path with global warming
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/opinion/climatologist-makes-clear-were-still-pandemic-path-with-global-warming/

Greenland's melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/19/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw

World’s Warmest Winter Ended Long Before Spring
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-19/world-s-warmest-winter-ended-long-before-spring-s-official-start

Disaster risk reduction

Why experts are urging social distancing to combat coronavirus outbreak
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/why-experts-why-experts-are-urging-social-distancing-combat-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00798-8?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews

New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-15264-2

COVID-19 Scientific Resources
https://www.cerahgeneve.ch/resources/covid-19-free-online-scientific-resources/

This Is How We Can Beat the Coronavirus
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/how-we-beat-coronavirus/608389/

Billion-dollar wildlife industry in Vietnam under assault as law drafted to halt trading
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/18/billion-dollar-wildlife-industry-in-vietnam-under-assault-as-law-drafted-to-halt-trading?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

From food to tech, coronavirus to spur urban planning rethink
https://news.trust.org/item/20200318110654-1rdnc/

Auckland Volcanic Field magmatism, volcanism, and hazard: a review
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2020.1736102?journalCode=tnzg20

Policy of building homes on flood plains to be reviewed
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/12/policy-of-building-homes-on-flood-plains-to-be-reviewed

Emergency management

Nissan gets award for role of Leaf in energy resilience in disasters
https://thedriven.io/2020/03/18/nissan-gets-award-for-role-of-nissan-leaf-in-energy-resilience-in-disasters/

Abe turns vague on timing as coronavirus leaves Tokyo Olympics in doubt
http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/126583.php

Italy has a world-class health system. The coronavirus has pushed it to the breaking point
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/italy-has-world-class-health-system-coronavirus-has-pushed-it-n1162786

Coronavirus Australia live updates: 'Disruptive' COVID-19 measures to last 'at least' six months, top doc says
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-tougher-crowd-measures-expected-as-virus-cases-surpass-450/live-coverage/8111dfa0aa77a938681d17c79839e383

The Impact of COVID-19 on Humanitarian Crises
https://www-csis-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.csis.org/analysis/impact-covid-19-humanitarian-crises?amp

Our politicians are not fit to oversee the coronavirus response. It’s time they got out of the way
https://theconversation.com/our-politicians-are-not-fit-to-oversee-the-coronavirus-response-its-time-they-got-out-of-the-way-134035

Why Deaths from Coronavirus Are So High in Italy
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-deaths-from-coronavirus-are-so-high-in-italy/

In Egypt, floods add to difficulty of fighting pandemic
https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/in-egypt-floods-add-to-difficulty-of-fighting-pandemic-1.992424

Millions lost as virus strikes Qld events
https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6686389/millions-lost-as-virus-strikes-qld-events/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

COVID-19 is not a cause for panic. It is cause for action
https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/covid-19-is-not-cause-for-panic-it-is-cause-for-action.html

Exploring the Complexity of Pandemics Through Play
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/exploring-complexity-pandemics-through-play?utm_content=buffer1c5ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Psychology and Disasters

Mass Panic Is Unlikely, Even During a Pandemic
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-mass-panic-unlikely-pandemic/

Coping Strategies in Uncertain Times: Calming Your Nervous System During the Coronavirus Outbreak
https://psychcentral.com/blog/coping-strategies-in-uncertain-times-calming-your-nervous-system-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Why Prioritizing Sleep in the Time of Coronavirus Is So Important
https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/03/why-prioritizing-sleep-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-is.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=1584470733&utm_medium=rand_social&utm_source=twitter

Sociology and disasters

How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?
https://www.cgdev.org/blog/how-will-covid-19-affect-women-and-girls-low-and-middle-income-countries

Something invisible has stopped us
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/something-invisible-has-stopped-us.html

 

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