This Week in Disaster Resilience 25th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters 

Three dead after rare Mediterranean storm batters Greece
https://news.trust.org/item/20200920092038-efnll/ 

Tropical Storm Beta, Forecast to Move Inland Monday, Churns in the Gulf
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/us/tropical-storm-beta.html 

Myanmar – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Mandalay Region
http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-landslides-mandalay-region-september-2020 

Mexico – Deadly Floods in Oaxaca
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-oaxaca-september-2020 

France – 2 Missing After Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in South
http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-gard-september-2020 

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-karnataka-september-2020 

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Noul Causes Wind Damage and Floods in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand
http://floodlist.com/asia/tropical-storm-noul-vietnam-laos-thailand-september-2020 

Strombolian activity at Mount Etna, Italy
https://watchers.news/2020/09/21/strombolian-activity-at-mount-etna-italy/ 

Major eruption at Sangay volcano, ash to 12 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador
https://watchers.news/2020/09/20/sangay-eruption-ecuador-september-20-2020/ 

Flood Kills 30, Submerges Communities In Niger State
https://leadership.ng/2020/09/21/flood-kills-30-submerges-communities-in-niger-state/ 

Tropical Storm Beta takes aim at Texas, Louisiana as Gulf Coast sees storm surge, flooding
https://www.foxnews.com/us/tropical-storm-beta-texas-louisiana-landfall-gulf-coast-storm-surge-flooding-storm-hurricane-season 

Man dies in floodwaters after Broken Hill cops month of rain in 15 minutes
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/man-dies-in-floodwaters-after-broken-hill-cops-month-of-rain-in-15-minutes/news-story/90afba0496e169059d97606702a6b992 

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-storm-noul-floods-september-2020 

Indonesia- Floods in West Java and Jakarta
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-java-jakarta-september-2020 

Nigeria – Widespread Flooding in Kogi State After Niger River Overflows
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-kogi-september-2020 

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-us-death-toll-hits-200000-american-pandemic-timeline-covid19/db8d74ce-2fba-49cb-9d83-14724cfb27f7 

Record Flooding in Sudan
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147288/record-flooding-in-sudan 

Bangladesh faces twin crises as coronavirus deals new blow to flood-battered nation
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/14/bangladesh-faces-twin-crises-as-coronavirus-deals-new-blow-to-flood-battered-nation.html 

Houston faces flash flooding risk as Beta stalls inland
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/houston-faces-flash-flooding-risk-beta-stalls-inland-n1240697 

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-storm-noul-floods-september-2020 

Ethiopia – 144,000 Displaced by Awash River Flooding in Afar Region
http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-afar-september-2020 

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-karnataka-september-2020 

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Sep 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay, Lopevi
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/110442/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-Sep-2020-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay-Lopevi-C.html 

At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal
https://watchers.news/2020/09/24/gandaki-pradesh-nepal-flood-landslides-2020/ 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

New Australian guidelines launched to ensure consistent climate change risks assessments and disclosure
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73691 

UK: Building climate resilience knowledge from the ground up
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73685 

USA: Climate change is dumping record amounts of rain. We’re not equipped to handle it
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73697 

Climate predictions for Ireland by 2050 come with unprecedented detail
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73681 

Hurricane Sally’s fierce rain shows how climate change raises storm risks
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73665 

Reporting on floods through a climate lens
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73659 

Slow-moving storms that deluge coasts may be latest hazard of climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73670 

The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it
https://theconversation.com/the-morrison-government-wants-to-suck-co-out-of-the-atmosphere-here-are-7-ways-to-do-it-144941 

Prince Charles calls for 'swift' action on climate change
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-54229229 

Want to Save Lives? Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes
https://www.wired.com/story/want-to-save-lives-name-heat-waves-like-hurricanes/ 

The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/19/the-tipping-points-at-the-heart-of-the-climate-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other 

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54211760 

The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn't keep its promises
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/21/the-climate-crisis-will-sweep-away-my-country-if-the-world-doesnt-keep-its-promises?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other 

World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/21/worlds-richest-1-cause-double-co2-emissions-of-poorest-50-says-oxfam 

As wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes grow more frequent, climate migration begins
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/09/as-wildfires-flooding-and-hurricanes-grow-more-frequent-climate-migration-begins/ 

Africa Is Experiencing Some of the Worst Climate Disasters, But the World Watches California Burn
https://www.theroot.com/africa-is-experiencing-some-of-the-worst-climate-disast-1845133225 

World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm
https://reneweconomy.com.au/worlds-most-powerful-turbine-to-anchor-largest-offshore-wind-farm-49512/ 

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/23/melting-antarctic-ice-will-raise-sea-level-by-25-metres-even-if-paris-climate-goals-are-met-study-finds 

UNDP, Timor-Leste launch GCF-backed project to protect rural communities against climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73748 

Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73741 

Arctic sea ice minimum is 2nd lowest on record
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73739 

Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092020/aviation-emissions-climate-change-greenhouse-gas 

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea Level Rise
https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/stability-check-antarctica-reveals-high-risk-long-term-sea-level-rise 

‘They’re suffering now’: Americans scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/23/california-climate-crisis-wildfires-smoke-heat-health 

Future climate response to Antarctic Ice Sheet melt caused by anthropogenic warming
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/39/eaaz1169 

The science connecting wildfires to climate change
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/09/climate-change-increases-risk-fires-western-us/ 

Disaster risk reduction 

Atlantic hurricane in 2020: Are we in store for another record-breaking year?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73688 

Searching for surprise catastrophes: the Beirut explosion
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73696 

Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73664 

Nepal: why are landslides so deadly?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73630 

The economic case for a national flood standard
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Opinion-The-economic-case-for-a-national-flood-15575860.php 

To Prevent California Wildfires, We Need to Have Some Uncomfortable Conversations
https://www.kqed.org/science/1969652/inconvenient-truths-about-california-and-wildfire 

The effect of surge on riverine flood hazard and impact in deltas globally
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8ca6 

New recommendations for a proactive flood policy in India
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73707 

Steps Sudan must take to prevent future flood destruction
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73686 

Extreme rainfall events have more than doubled in Himalayas
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73722 

New tools to help “predict” forest fires
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73721 

California WildfiresCan Insurance Markets Handle the Risk?
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RBA635-1.html 

How Science and Technology Keep Up with Earth’s Shifting Surface
https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/reveal-earths-changing-surface/ 

After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/us/hurricane-laura-storm-beta.html 

Our new model shows Australia can expect 11 tropical cyclones this season
https://theconversation.com/our-new-model-shows-australia-can-expect-11-tropical-cyclones-this-season-146318 

Tapping into the ground to counter floods and droughts
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73738  

Emergency management 

How to build back better after the COVID-19 crisis? A practical approach applied to Fiji
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73684 

Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/puerto-rico-sees-more-pain-little-progress-three-years-after-n1240513 

UN: 730,000 people seriously affected by Sudan floods
https://thenationpress.net/en/news-67127.html 

Τhe disaster and health nexus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges of protecting at-risk communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73706 

Only two homes rebuilt one year on from Binna Burra Beechmont fire as community remains on edge
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-08/binna-burra-fire-first-anniversary-gold-coast-hinterland/12635926 

Early actions will support Ecuadorian families to face volcanic ash fall
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73724 

An evaluation of availability and adequacy of multi-hazard early warning systems in Asian countries: a baseline study
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920302582 

The Worst Forest Fires You’re Hearing Nothing About
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/worst-forest-fires-you-re-hearing-nothing-about 

Orange County fire watchers go virtual due to pandemic
https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/story/2020-09-24/fire-watch 

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

Most wildfire coverage on American TV news fails to mention link to climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/11/american-tv-news-california-oregon-fires-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw 

The Earthquake That Brought Enlightenment
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-earthquake-that-brought-enlightenment/ 

Interactive network of digital wildfire vigilantes
https://www.inverse.com/science/alertwildfire-camera-network-wild-fires 

Emergency warning messages: do colours and icons improve community readiness to act?
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/81 

Emergency warning messages: how do community members comprehend them?
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/79 

Emergency warning messages: encouraging readiness to act
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/80 

Psychology and disasters 

Humor and risk: an exploration of case studies
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73675 

Wildfire-weary Californians, 'tired of this being normal,' consider uprooting their lives
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/19/us/california-fires-climate-change-migration/index.html 

FEMA has conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) to assess the development of a culture of personal disaster preparedness and resilience in the American public
https://community.fema.gov/story/2020-NHS-Data-Digest-Summary-Results 

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202009/the-psychological-impact-covid-19 

Sociology and disasters 

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/laura-latest-climate-disaster-low-income-americans 

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344282545_How_natural_hazards_impact_the_social_environment_for_vulnerable_groups_an_empirical_investigation_in_Japan 

First Came the Hurricane, Then Came the Campaign of Terror
https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/first-came-hurricane-then-came-campaign-terror 

Fostering peri-urban resilience: Gender-responsive approaches in northern India
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73742 

 

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