This Week in Disaster Resilience 21st August 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record-breaking heat wave fueling wildfires in the West
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/record-breaking-heat-wave-fueling-wildfires-in-the-west/

Several lives lost, tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan
https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/08/15/several-lives-lost-tens-of-thousands-affected-by-floods-in-sudan/

India – Deadly Flash Floods in Jaipur, Rajasthan
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-flash-floods-jaipur-rajasthan-august-2020

More than 100,000 acres are now burning Colorado as fire near Fraser quickly grows
https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/15/colorado-wildfires-10000-acres/

India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-august-2020

Heavy Rain Hits Yangtze River Again, Inundating Cities and Leaving Many Homeless
https://www.theepochtimes.com/heavy-rain-hits-yangtze-river-again-inundating-cities-and-leaving-many-homeless_3463355.html

India – Thousands Evacuate as Floods Affect Andhra Pradesh, Worsen in Telangana
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-andhra-pradesh-telangana-august-2020

Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fast-moving-fire-in-north-east-nsw-marks-first-big-blaze-of-the-season-20200819-p55nc2.html

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53840437

Hundreds evacuated in B.C.'s Okanagan, wildfire service battles blazes
https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/cp-newsalert-wildfire-evacuation-ordered-near-okanagan-falls-b-c/wcm/16a83cad-658e-4b06-83db-09d64190da7f/

Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China
https://watchers.news/2020/08/19/sichuan-activates-the-highest-level-of-flood-control-response-for-the-first-time-on-record-china/

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/sudan-dozens-dead-thousands-homes-destroyed-floods-200816095143076.html

Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN
http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-update-august-2020

Nepal – 6 Dead, 11 Missing After Floods in Achham
http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-achham-sudurpashchim-august-2020

Uganda – 1 Dead, 800 Homes Damaged After Floods in Bundibugyo
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-floods-august-2020

Cameroon – Floods in Far North Leave Over 5,000 Homeless
http://floodlist.com/africa/cameroon-floods-far-north-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Kerinci, Reventador, Sinabung
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/108668/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Aug-2020-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Kerinci-Reventador-Sinabung-Nevados.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73180

Typhoons Getting Stronger, Making Landfall More Often
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73179

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they’ll strike is hard to predict
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73177

Is heavy rainfall the new norm? What caused the heavy rains in October - December 2019?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73167

Climate change projected to increase seasonal east African rainfall
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73155

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73151

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/15/uk-infrastructure-inadequate-for-climate-emergency-experts-warn

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/glaciers-climate-change-environment-meting-climate-crisis

Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year on Record?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-2020-be-the-hottest-year-on-record/

We may have broken the Earth’s high-temperature record today
https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2020/08/17/did-we-break-the-planetary-temperature-record-sunday-probably-so/

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

Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions
https://www.departures.com/lifestyle/architecture/floating-homes-for-flood-prone-areas

'Extremely active' hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73199

Lack of historical disaster data a thing of the past for Cambodia
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73192

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-17/sea-level-rise-flooding-inland-california

The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega-tsunamis’
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73207

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-u-s-needs-to-address-its-climate-migration-problem/

The causes of sea-level rise since 1900
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2591-3#article-info

August brings fierce heat to Europe and storms to Atlantic
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/aug/19/august-heat-europe-atlantic-storms-weather-temperatures?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

How dangerous heat waves can kill
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73217

Climate risk and response in Asia
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73223

Greenland's ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-21/study-finds-greenlands-ice-sheet-saw-record-mass-loss-in-2019/12581428

National Farmers Federation calls for Australia to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-20/farmers-back-zero-emissions/12576806

Climate stripes reusable face mask
https://shop.teamelite.com.au/collections/amos/products/amos-reusable-face-mask

Disaster risk reduction

Benefit versus cost analysis and optimal cost effective mitigation strategies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73176

Earthquake mitigation of WA regional towns: York case study
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73174

Flood risk in past and future: A case study for the Pawtuxet River's record‐breaking March 2010 flood event
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73183

Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73170

Rethinking data‐driven decision support in flood risk management for a big data age
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73168

Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami
https://amp.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article244947507.html

Six strategies for creating flood resilient environments
https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/retrofitting-for-flood-resilience-edward-barsley/

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/07/23/preventing-next-pandemic

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73204

Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73210

Mumbai floods every year during monsoon, but this year has been different
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73208

15 years after Katrina: Would we be prepared today?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73219

Beledweyne: Working paper on flood risk and urban resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73228

A New Tool for Tracking Amazon Fires
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147075/a-new-tool-for-tracking-amazon-fires

Emergency management

Learning lessons from resilience and peacebuilding programs in the Horn of Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73160

Victims of Storm Dennis floods can't return to their homes six months on
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/victims-storm-dennis-floods-cant-18774764

July 2020 issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2020/

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires
https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/LER

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual
https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/hotspots-h2o-caribbean-prepares-for-hurricane-season-that-is-colliding-with-the-pandemic/

A man was rescued Monday by an Indian Air Force helicopter after being stuck in the middle of raging floodwater for 16 hours
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-floods-bangladesh-deaths-millions-displaced-dramatic-rescue-caught-on-video-today-2020-08-17/

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods
https://apnews.com/30a85eb980f793210c776931df5d0c82

Australia (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook 2020
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73185

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Land and geospatial information, a cornerstone to improve community resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73159

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-community-engagement/

By planning, preparing, and making your property more resistant and resilient, you can aim to reduce the impact of flooding to yourself and your property
https://thefloodhub.co.uk/household/

Safe back to school: A practitioner’s guide
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73186

Launch of a quick risk estimation tool to help small businesses understand their risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73205

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73197

Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires
https://www.smh.com.au/education/young-people-want-better-disaster-education-after-black-summer-fires-20200812-p55l28.html

Psychology and disasters

Personal account of Australian bushfires
https://vimeo.com/copmi/review/367939158/a15bc5419e?sort=lastUserActionEventDate&direction=desc

Flood risk perceptions and coping capacities among the retired population, with implications for risk communication: A study of residents in a north Wales coastal town, UK
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312954?dgcid=author

Sociology and disasters

Access to age-assistive technology: A resilience building measure for older people
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73178

Hazards, culture and indigenous communities: Socio-institutional modules for utilisation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73175

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520301925

Interplay between Social Support Tie Formations and Subjective Mental Health Conditions in a Community Currency System in Japanese Disaster-Affected Communities: Double-Edged Phenomena
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221242092031311X

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73206

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods
https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2020/08/14/urban-heatwaves-are-worse-for-low-income-neighborhoods/#3e0d47e19d50

To understand how disasters relate to conflict and peace, reframe the starting point
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73209

Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73221

Identifying societal challenges in flood early warning systems
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312966?via%3Dihub

 

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