This Week in Disaster Resilience 25 October 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Floods leave hundreds homeless in eastern Uganda
https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Floods-leave-hundreds-homeless-eastern-Uganda/688334-5318028-s69kc1z/index.html

About 20 people have died following heavy rains across Kenya for several days
https://kenyantribune.com/met-warns-kenyans-to-brace-for-heavy-rains-as-floods-kill-20/

Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October
https://www.msn.com/en-us/Weather/topstories/niger-floods-force-23-000-from-their-homes/ar-AAJ3rr4?ocid=ob-tw-enus-791

Nearly 200 000 displaced as unprecedented flooding hits South Sudan
https://watchers.news/2019/10/20/nearly-200-000-displaced-as-unprecedented-flooding-hits-south-sudan/

At least 28 killed, 286 homes destroyed as severe flooding hits Upper East Region, Ghana
https://watchers.news/2019/10/18/flood-upper-east-region-ghana-october-2019/

Uganda – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-eastern-western-region-october-2019

Russia – Deadly Floods After Dam Collapse in Krasnoyarsk
http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-deadly-floods-dam-collapse-schetinkino-krasnoyarsk-october-2019

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand
https://watchers.news/2019/09/18/at-least-33-people-dead-as-floods-submerge-large-areas-of-northern-thailand/

Forest fires rage through Lebanon
https://theecologist.org/2019/oct/22/forest-fires-rage-through-lebanon

Fires burn across Southern California as dangerous winds continue through Friday
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-22/fires-burn-across-southern-california-as-dangerous-winds-continue-through-friday

Italy – Flash Floods and Landslides After 250mm of Rain in 12 Hours
http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-alessandria-october-2019

Vietnam – Deadly Floods in Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/floods-central-vietnam-october-2019

Australia heading for hottest October day in years as bushfire risk escalates
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/23/australia-heading-for-hottest-day-in-years-on-thursday-as-bushfire-risk-escalates?CMP=share_btn_tw

Egypt – Heavy Rain Causes Flood Chaos in Cairo
http://floodlist.com/africa/egypt-cairo-floods-october-2019

Spain – Deadly Floods in Catalonia After 287mm of Rain in 24 Hours
http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-deadly-floods-in-catalonia-after-287mm-of-rain-in-24-hours

Somalia – Over 70,000 Displaced as Rivers Overflow
http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-over-70000-displaced-as-rivers-overflow

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 5 Dead
http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-and-landslides-leave-5-dead

India – Deadly Floods in Karnataka After Days of Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-karnataka-floods-october-2019

Tornado sweeps through East Java, killing one and displacing thousands, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2019/10/22/indonesia-tornado-october-2019/

Bourke heads list of at-risk towns as agencies scramble for water supplies
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/bourke-heads-list-of-at-risk-towns-as-agencies-scramble-for-supplies-20191022-p5331l.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Reventador, Pavlof
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/90246/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-Oct-2019-Etna-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Dukono-Reventador-Pavlof-Sak.html

Kincade fire: Evacuations ordered for all Geyserville
https://sf.curbed.com/2019/10/24/20930389/sonoma-county-fire-evacuation-wildfire-geyserville-california-northern

Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-drought-widerimage/thirst-turns-to-anger-as-australias-mighty-river-runs-dry-idUSKBN1X22TT

Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50151713

8 dead in Egypt after chaotic day of heavy rains, flooding
https://www.timesofisrael.com/8-dead-in-egypt-after-chaotic-day-of-heavy-rains-flooding/

Flood claims lives of two children in Ondo
https://www.ndreporters.com/2019/10/24/flood-claims-lives-of-two-children-in-ondo/

Central African Republic – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Rivers
http://floodlist.com/africa/central-african-republic-floods-october-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why do people still think climate change isn’t real?
https://www.inverse.com/article/60232-the-psychology-behind-climate-change-deniers

NT traditional owners urge climate change policy makers to witness mangrove devastation
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-14/climate-change-mangrove-traditional-owners-call-for-action/11598238

The culprit behind east Australia's big dry
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-culprit-behind-east-australia-s-big-dry-20191018-p53208.html

What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100
https://qz.com/1727717/what-climate-change-will-do-to-three-major-american-cities-by-2100/

Europe’s Mightiest Glaciers Are Melting
https://eos.org/articles/europes-mightiest-glaciers-are-melting

When Rising Seas Hit Home: An Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists
https://ucsusa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=64b2cbd03a3d4b87aaddaf65f6b33332

Australia is the only country using carryover climate credits, officials admit
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/22/australia-is-the-only-country-using-carryover-climate-credits-officials-admit?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Hurricane Katrina and the murder of Emmett Till shaped one woman’s commitment to climate justice
https://www.guernicamag.com/after-the-storm/

The North Has Another Climate Change Problem: Permafrost
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/permafrost-carbon-climate-change_ca_5daef383e4b0f34e3a7c7772

Russia discovers five Arctic islands uncovered by melting ice
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/russia-five-new-arctic-islands-melting-ice-12024706?cid=cna_flip_070214

Climate change and displacement
https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2019/10/5da5e18c4/climate-change-and-displacement.html

Anaheim Nears 100 Degrees In Record Heat Wave
https://patch.com/california/orange-county/anaheim-nears-100-degrees-record-heat-wave

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted
https://eapsweb.mit.edu/news/2019/antarctic-ice-cliffs-may-not-contribute-sea-level-rise-much-predicted

Cities at risk: dealing with the pressures of climate change
https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/cities-at-risk

Climate change costs to hit these Australian regions hardest
https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/climate-change-costs-to-hit-these-australian-regions-hardest-20191023-p533g0

Climate change risk to Australia’s built environment
https://xdi.systems/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Climate-Change-Risk-to-Australia%E2%80%99s-Built-Environment-V4-final-reduced-2.pdf

Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/climate-change-finally-caught-up-to-this-alaska-village/

Coal city Newcastle signs 10-year deal for 100 per cent renewable supply
https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/coal-city-newcastle-signs-10-year-deal-for-100-per-cent-renewable-supply/

How Long Until Extreme Sea Levels Are an Annual Occurrence?
https://www.envirotech-online.com/news/environmental-laboratory/7/breaking-news/how-long-until-extreme-sea-levels-are-an-annual-occurrence/50492

Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/news/east-coast-sea-level-rise-high-tides-flooding-ncna957241

El Niños Strengthened by Climate Change
https://www.ecowatch.com/el-nino-climate-change-2641061348.html

Female contribution to grassroots innovation for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336749603_Female_contribution_to_grassroots_innovation_for_climate_change_adaptation_in_Bangladesh

Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science/article/institutions-for-the-anthropocene-governance-in-a-changing-earth-system/7F5D3B991112E649F0DCFB46812AA22D

Did you know? – Proglacial lakes accelerate glacier retreat!
https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/cr/2019/10/18/did-you-know-proglacial-lakes-accelerate-glacier-retreat/

How Cities Can Cool Down Urban Heat Islands
https://www.routefifty.com/management/2019/10/how-cities-can-confront-urban-heat-islands/160825/

Climate change-induced flooding forces seawall in Seychelles to be rebuilt
http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/11800/Climate+change-induced+flooding+forces+seawall+in+Seychelles+to+be+rebuilt

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

Identification and ordering of drainage divides in digital elevation models
https://www.earth-surf-dynam-discuss.net/esurf-2019-51/

USDA buys flood-prone Louisiana homes for wetlands project
https://www.wbrz.com/news/usda-buys-flood-prone-louisiana-homes-for-wetlands-project

Using Satellites to Monitor Floods (Natural Elements)
https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/simply-science/21883

Great Lakes Flooding: The Warning Signs That Homes Must Be Moved
https://www.ecowatch.com/great-lakes-flooding-2641002865.html

NDCs: an opportunity to prioritise flood resilience in national plans
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/ndcs-an-opportunity-to-prioritise-flood-resilience-in-national-plans

After Lorenzo and Ophelia, should we prepare European coasts for tropical storms and hurricanes?
https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/np/2019/10/15/lorenzo-hurricanes/

A Western Alaska village, long threatened by erosion and flooding, begins to relocate
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2019/10/19/a-western-alaska-village-long-threatened-by-erosion-and-flooding-begins-to-relocate/

As natural disasters increase, homeowners look for more ways to cover more expenses
https://www.wsj.com/articles/insurers-aim-to-fill-in-the-disaster-gap-11571623441

Amazon Fires: why a new economic model must come from the ruins
https://www.forumforthefuture.org/Blog/amazon-fires-2019

‘Why, in spite of knowing that risk is socially constructed (for more than 50 years), aren’t more solutions commensurate with that knowledge?’
https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2019/10/view-disaster-risk-reduction-interview-roger-pulwarty-senior-scientist-noaa/

Thames flood defence scheme secures £270m boost
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50137262

3 N.J. mayors: We must invest and adapt before the floods, the storms and sea rise
https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/10/3-nj-mayors-we-must-invest-and-adapt-before-the-floods-the-storms-and-sea-rise.html

Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, study finds
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-physiology-major-contributor-future-river.html

Lack of adequate drainage causes serious flooding in Vinh City
https://vietnamnews.vn/society/537210/lack-of-adequate-drainage-causes-serious-flooding-in-vinh-city.html#KihP6chK3kGco65p.97

We’re Doing Our Best to Address Sea Level Rise and Flooding in Lagos, Says Commissioner
https://mynewsbite.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/were-doing-our-best-to-address-sea-level-rise-and-flooding-in-lagos-says-commissioner/

Danish innovation to improve local flood resilience
https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/construction-technology-news/accelar-floodframe/65664/

Resilience insights
http://grpinsightsreport.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/GRP_Resilience_Insights_Report.pdf

Danish Rubjerg lighthouse moved inland on skates
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50139900

New research reveals the impact of communal irrigation systems on the 2018 earthquake-triggered landslides in Palu, Indonesia
https://royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/news/new-research-reveals-the-impact-of-communal-irrigation-systems-on-the-2018-earthquake-triggered-landslides-in-palu-indonesia/

Applications of Satellite-Based Rainfall Estimates in Flood Inundation Modeling—A Case Study in Mundeni Aru River Basin, Sri Lanka
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/9/10/998

Innovation supporting flood resilience
https://floodresilience.blog/2019/10/03/innovation-supporting-flood-resilience/

How record flooding in the US is transforming this Midwestern city
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/record-flooding-changing-davenport-iowa-mississippi-river-2019-10?r=US&IR=T
'Noah built the ark before the flood': Minister defends campaign amid drought
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/noah-built-the-ark-before-the-flood-minister-defends-campaign-amid-drought-20191024-p533zf.html

Three big lessons from tackling disaster and climate information issues in East Africa
http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/international-day-disaster-reduction-three-big-lessons-tackling-disaster-and-climate

Futuristic 3D flood simulation technique, which lets flood modellers 'see' the impacts of tree-planting and revegetation programs on future floods and river systems was launched at Brisbane’s River Symposium
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/3d-simulation-tools-could-reduce-flood-heights-and-save-millions-20191023-p533f9.html

Myer sues building and engineering companies over 2016 Hobart Rivulet flood
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-23/myer-takes-legal-action-over-hobart-rivulet-flood/11631056

 

Emergency Management

When disaster strikes we can help you plan and execute an effective recovery
http://recoveryhub.gfdrr.org/

Multi-hazards Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD1lpIamdOo&feature=youtu.be

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean
https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/10/strengthening-disaster-preparedness-caribbean

Data for Disasters: Leveraging Data Science for Disaster Response & Management
https://www.aithority.com/technology/analytics/data-for-disasters-leveraging-data-science-for-disaster-response-management/

Severe flooding in South Sudan: MSF assessing emergency needs in affected locations
https://msf-seasia.org/news/18757

Typhoon "Hagibis" damage to Japanese farms, forests, and fisheries tops 650 million dollars
https://watchers.news/2019/10/23/devastating-typhoon-hagibis-leaves-severe-damage-on-farms-forests-and-fisheries-in-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dallas tornado: Satellite photos reveal twister’s path from above
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/10/23/dallas-tornado-satellite-photos-reveal-twisters-path-above/

Flood warnings failed to arrive in time to prevent problems, says council
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/17983259.flood-warnings-failed-arrive-time-prevent-problems-says-council/

Indian Ocean Dipole spells flood danger for East Africa
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/10/22/Indian-Ocean-Dipole-flood-danger-East-Africa

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov't support
https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/10/5409b6b3560e-90-of-homes-flooded-in-typhoon-ineligible-for-govt-support.html

Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in Chad and Cameroon
https://www.voanews.com/africa/floods-leave-thousands-homeless-chad-and-cameroon

The new norm: Japanese experts warn of more rain, raging rivers and submerged homes
http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/125732.php

Increased adoption of GIS technologies can help New York predict and prepare for future emergencies
https://www.routefifty.com/tech-data/2019/10/tech-improve-preparedness-nyc/160844/

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Trailer for the documentary “Fire in Paradise” released
https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/10/20/trailer-for-the-documentary-fire-in-paradise-released/

Over 66 million people participate in international ShakeOut; prompts evaluation of personal preparedness
https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/over-66-million-people-participate-in-international-shakeout-prompts-evaluation-of-personal-preparedness-10051/

What is a tsunami?
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/what-tsunami-ncna943571

Dig Deeper into How Earthquakes are Interpreted
https://edu.raspberryshake.org/classroom-curriculum/lesson-2-understanding-earthquakes/

In wake of Typhoon Hagibis, demand surging for post-flood recovery manual
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/24/national/flood-recovery-manual-typhoon-hagibis/#.XbIT3xqP7IU

Recovering from a flood disaster
http://blog.canpan.info/shintsuna/img/RECOVERING_FROM_A_FLOOD_DISASTER.pdf

Scotland Field Guide for the Future gathers stories from people and organisations making real changes on the ground https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/scotland-field-guide

 

Psychology and Disasters

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/772266241/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-climate-change

 

Sociology and Disasters

Why we need to treat wildfire as a public health issue in California
https://theconversation.com/why-we-need-to-treat-wildfire-as-a-public-health-issue-in-california-125199

As the rich move away from disaster zones, the poor are left behind
https://grist.org/article/as-the-rich-move-away-from-disaster-zones-the-poor-are-left-behind/

From fire to flood: Winnipeg homeless community displaced by rising water levels
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-flooding-osborne-street-bridge-homeless-community-camp-1.5333063

 

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