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 

Tropical Storm Beta, Forecast to Move Inland Monday, Churns in the Gulf 

Myanmar – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Mandalay Region 

Mexico – Deadly Floods in Oaxaca 

France – 2 Missing After Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in South 

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours 

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Noul Causes Wind Damage and Floods in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand 

Strombolian activity at Mount Etna, Italy 

Major eruption at Sangay volcano, ash to 12 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador 

Flood Kills 30, Submerges Communities In Niger State 

Tropical Storm Beta takes aim at Texas, Louisiana as Gulf Coast sees storm surge, flooding 

Man dies in floodwaters after Broken Hill cops month of rain in 15 minutes 

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces 

Indonesia- Floods in West Java and Jakarta 

Nigeria – Widespread Flooding in Kogi State After Niger River Overflows 

'Unfathomable': US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000 

Record Flooding in Sudan 

Bangladesh faces twin crises as coronavirus deals new blow to flood-battered nation 

Houston faces flash flooding risk as Beta stalls inland 

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces 

Ethiopia – 144,000 Displaced by Awash River Flooding in Afar Region 

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours 

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Sep 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay, Lopevi 

At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

New Australian guidelines launched to ensure consistent climate change risks assessments and disclosure 

UK: Building climate resilience knowledge from the ground up 

USA: Climate change is dumping record amounts of rain. We’re not equipped to handle it 

Climate predictions for Ireland by 2050 come with unprecedented detail 

Hurricane Sally’s fierce rain shows how climate change raises storm risks 

Reporting on floods through a climate lens 

Slow-moving storms that deluge coasts may be latest hazard of climate change 

The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it 

Prince Charles calls for 'swift' action on climate change 

Want to Save Lives? Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes 

The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis 

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent 

The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn't keep its promises 

World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam 

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 

World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm 

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds 

UNDP, Timor-Leste launch GCF-backed project to protect rural communities against climate change 

Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience 

Arctic sea ice minimum is 2nd lowest on record 

Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions 

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea Level Rise 

‘They’re suffering now’: Americans scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis 

Future climate response to Antarctic Ice Sheet melt caused by anthropogenic warming 

The science connecting wildfires to climate change 

Disaster risk reduction 

Atlantic hurricane in 2020: Are we in store for another record-breaking year? 

Searching for surprise catastrophes: the Beirut explosion 

Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention 

Nepal: why are landslides so deadly? 

The economic case for a national flood standard 

To Prevent California Wildfires, We Need to Have Some Uncomfortable Conversations 

The effect of surge on riverine flood hazard and impact in deltas globally 

New recommendations for a proactive flood policy in India 

Steps Sudan must take to prevent future flood destruction 

Extreme rainfall events have more than doubled in Himalayas 

New tools to help “predict” forest fires 

California WildfiresCan Insurance Markets Handle the Risk? 

How Science and Technology Keep Up with Earth’s Shifting Surface 

After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again 

Our new model shows Australia can expect 11 tropical cyclones this season 

Tapping into the ground to counter floods and droughts  

Emergency management 

How to build back better after the COVID-19 crisis? A practical approach applied to Fiji 

Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria 

UN: 730,000 people seriously affected by Sudan floods 

Τhe disaster and health nexus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges of protecting at-risk communities 

Only two homes rebuilt one year on from Binna Burra Beechmont fire as community remains on edge 

Early actions will support Ecuadorian families to face volcanic ash fall 

An evaluation of availability and adequacy of multi-hazard early warning systems in Asian countries: a baseline study 

The Worst Forest Fires You’re Hearing Nothing About 

Orange County fire watchers go virtual due to pandemic 

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

Most wildfire coverage on American TV news fails to mention link to climate crisis 

The Earthquake That Brought Enlightenment 

Interactive network of digital wildfire vigilantes 

Emergency warning messages: do colours and icons improve community readiness to act? 

Emergency warning messages: how do community members comprehend them? 

Emergency warning messages: encouraging readiness to act 

Psychology and disasters 

Humor and risk: an exploration of case studies 

Wildfire-weary Californians, 'tired of this being normal,' consider uprooting their lives 

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 

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 

Sociology and disasters 

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans 

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 

Fostering peri-urban resilience: Gender-responsive approaches in northern India 


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