This Week in Disaster Resilience 22 March 2019

 

Recent emergencies/disaster

Historic floods hit Nebraska after 'bomb cyclone' storm https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN1QY00Y

More Than 100 People Feared Dead In Chimanimani Floods https://www.pazimbabwe.com/main-news-50464-more-than-100-people-feared-dead-in-chimanimani-floods.html

Flash floods kill at least 58 in Indonesia's Papua https://ph.news.yahoo.com/flash-floods-kill-least-50-indonesias-papua-055442770.html

Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/cyclone-idai-hits-zimbabwe-24-people-dead-190316133122436.html

Flash floods, earthquake in Indonesia kill at least 58 https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/flash-floods-earthquake-in-indonesia-kill-at-least-58-1.4339622

Nebraska floods have broken records in 17 places across the state https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/17/us/nebraska-flooding-sunday-wxc/index.html

Cyclone Idai: more than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/cyclone-idai-death-toll-climbs-over-120-in-mozambique-and-zimbabwe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

UK – Flood Rescues After Rivers Overflow in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/rivers-overflow-england-wales-march-2019

13 Die In Flash Floods In Herat Province https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/10-die-flash-floods-herat-province

Death toll from Indonesia floods, mudslides rises to 89 http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/death-toll-from-indonesia-floods-mudslides-rises-to-89/

Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47624156

Paraguay – Thousands Affected by Flooding in Presidente Hayes, Concepción and Guairá http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-flodds-presidente-hayes-concepcion-guaira-march-2019

'Triple whammy' expected from twin cyclones in Australia as evacuations increase https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/triple-whammy-expected-from-twin-cyclones-as-evacuations-increase-20190321-p51682.html

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Yogyakarta Region http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-yogyakarta-march-2019

Angola – 19 Dead After Floods in Benguela, Luanda, Huíla and Zaire Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-benguela-luanda-huila-zaire-march-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Mar 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Bromo, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/77318/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Mar-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Bromo-Dukono-Reventador-Planch.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

'Monster' El Nino a chance later this year, pointing to extended dry times https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/monster-el-nino-a-chance-later-this-year-pointing-to-extended-dry-times-20190315-p514hi.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552716989

Climate model uncertainty helps scientists narrow range of predictions https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/03/18/Climate-model-uncertainty-helps-scientists-narrow-range-of-predictions/4061552929515/

NYC - To save the city from rising seas, build more of it https://slate.com/business/2019/03/why-new-york-is-expanding-into-the-east-river.html

‘Era of disasters’ poses challenge for governments https://www.governmentnews.com.au/era-of-disasters-pose-challenges-for-governments/

Use forecast to talk about climate change, urges ex-BBC presenter https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/19/use-forecast-to-talk-about-climate-change-urges-ex-bbc-presenter

Avalanches Menace Colorado as Climate Change Raises the Risk https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08032019/avalanche-climate-change-risk-snow-storm-forecast-colorado-switzerland

APRA demands banks, insurers act on climate risk https://www.afr.com/business/insurance/apra-demands-banks-insurers-act-on-climate-risk-20190320-h1cl3l

Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/climate-change-making-storms-like-idai-more-severe-say-experts?CMP=share_btn_tw

Study shows IPCC is underselling climate change https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ipcc-underselling-climate.html

Cyclone Idai lays bare the fundamental injustice of climate change https://grist.org/article/cyclone-idai-lays-bare-the-fundamental-injustice-of-climate-change/

The waters are rising, the floods are coming. What are we doing to save ourselves? https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/20/nebraska-floods-more-water-coming-heres-what-mankind-should-do/3214576002/

Climate-ready planning laws for NSW https://www.edonsw.org.au/climate_ready_planning_laws

Assessing contributions of major emitters' Paris‐era decisions to future temperature extremes https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL081608?af=R&

The Subtle Seduction of the ‘Warm’ in Global Warming https://undark.org/2019/03/21/warmth-and-global-warming/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Building Africa's bridge to resilience must be a joint effort http://news.trust.org/item/20190315144640-wlxco

Cyclone Idai highlights urgent need to ensure resilience of infrastructure to extreme weather https://www.unisdr.org/archive/64290

Dependence of flood peaks and volumes in modeled discharge time series: effect of different uncertainty sources https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169419302641

A growing number of cities are looking beyond the usual 100-year floodplain and requiring more homes to be built higher for their own protection https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19032019/fema-flood-maps-risk-zones-cities-climate-change-mexico-beach-houston-outer-banks

New Jersey Law Helps Cities Better Prepare for Floods https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/18/new-jersey-law-helps-cities-better-prepare-for-floods

“Cyclone Idai underlines that no matter how effective early warnings are, there is still a huge demand for greater investment in resilient infrastructure in many parts of the world” https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/03/1034881

Wildfire management funding boosted to $101M as B.C. prepares for dry season https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-preparation-wildfires-2019-1.5062537

Post-Harvey Flood Control Regulations Are Hitting Developers Hard https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/construction-development/post-harvey-flood-control-regulations-cause-costly-delays-98046

What's Behind the Massive Midwestern Floods: 2 Giant Waves of Water https://www.livescience.com/65026-why-midwest-missouri-river-mississippi-flood.html

Coexisting with combustion: the future of bushfire management https://adi.deakin.edu.au/news/coexisting-with-combustion

Douglas Shire Council used the highest level of technical analysis and feedback from locals to develop a draft Resilient Coast Strategic Plan https://douglas.qld.gov.au/douglas-shire-first-in-qld-with-resilient-coast-strategy/

The CRED presents the bill: the socio-economic cost of natural disasters https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2019/03/20/the-cred-presents-the-bill-the-socio-economic-cost-of-natural-disasters/

The Urgent Need for Public-Private Collaboration for Improving Disaster Resilience https://meetingoftheminds.org/the-urgent-need-for-public-private-collaboration-for-improving-disaster-resilience-30089

 

Emergency Management

2019 Flood Damage Assessment Packet Available https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=609

Mozambique cyclone: “90 per cent” of Beira and surrounds damaged or destroyed https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/press-release/mozambique-cyclone-90-per-cent-beira-surrounds-damaged-destroyed/

Four Lessons From 'Bomb Cyclone' Flooding In The Great Plains https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/03/18/four-lessons-from-bomb-cyclone-flooding-in-the-great-plains/#3f6fc9d650a8

Lake Eyre begins filling with Queensland floodwaters as Birdsville roads reopen https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/lake-eyre-begins-filling-with-queensland-floodwaters/10909716

Satellite images Historic Floods Inundate Nebraska https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144691/historic-floods-inundate-nebraska

Residents rescued amid historic flooding across Midwest https://www.cbsnews.com/news/midwest-flooding-rescues-rainwater-snowmelt-today-2019-03-16/

Millions from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected as houses and roads submerged https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/cyclone-idai-worst-weather-disaster-to-hit-southern-hemisphere-mozambique-malawi

Tathra bushfires anniversary brings another financial blow for many already suffering https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/tathra-fires-anniversary-means-end-of-rent-insurance/10909800?pfmredir=sm

Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/cyclone-idai-emergency-getting-bigger-hour-warns-un-food-agency

After the flood, 2 Nebraska buddies find an indestructible beer fridge miles from its home https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/after-the-flood-nebraska-buddies-find-an-indestructible-beer-fridge/article_14e87653-c6ff-5eee-bfae-1e2cc6d67618.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Report: We’ve Failed Miserably at Preparedness https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Report-Weve-Failed-Miserably-at-Preparedness.html

“Floods and hurricanes happen. The hazard itself is not the disaster—it’s our habits, our building codes.”https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/midwestern-flooding-isnt-natural-disaster/585403/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Review to examine Tas bushfire response https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5963807/review-to-examine-tas-bushfire-response/?cs=9397

Rescue, Relief Efforts Underway in Cyclone-Hit Southern Africa https://www.europesun.com/news/260057810/rescue-relief-efforts-underway-in-cyclone-hit-southern-africa?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Use of smartphones and social media is common across most emerging economies
http://www.pewinternet.org/2019/03/07/use-of-smartphones-and-social-media-is-common-across-most-emerging-economies/

Resilience – a card game
https://seriousgeo.games/2019/02/19/resilience-development-of-a-card-game/

Game Of Floods: Can Climate Change Have A Fun Side?
https://patch.com/california/larkspurcortemadera/game-floods-can-climate-change-have-fun-side

 

Psychology and Disasters

Hurricane Katrina's aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalisations
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63438?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

 

Sociology and Disasters

Why are Malawi local communities so vulnerable to floods in the first place?
https://theconversation.com/why-malawi-is-failing-to-protect-people-from-floods-and-what-needs-to-be-done-113794

Christchurch, Terrorism, and Resilience: ‘We Don’t Have Time to Hate’
https://theglobepost.com/2019/03/20/christchurch-attack-community/

Methodological Challenges in Social Vulnerability and Resilience Research: Reflections on Studies in the Canterbury and Tohoku Disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331903558_Methodological_Challenges_in_Social_Vulnerability_and_Resilience_Research_Reflections_on_Studies_in_the_Canterbury_and_Tohoku_Disasters

Improving social capital as part of building resilient cities
https://phi.ljmu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Resilient-Communities-Full-Report.pdf

 

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