This Week in Disaster Resilience 9 August 2019

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flood: Seven dead in Yola
https://thenationonlineng.net/flood-seven-dead-in-yola/

Typhoon Wipha kills 5, leaves 13 missing in Vietnam
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/638316/Typhoon-Wipha-kills-5-leaves-13-missing-in-Vietnam

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-manisa-province-june-2018

India – More Fatalities as Flooding Continues in Gujarat and Maharashtra
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-gujarat-maharashtra-august-2019

India – Over 17,000 Displaced as Godavari River Overflows in Andhra Pradesh
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-godavari-river-flood-andhra-pradesh-august-2019

Sierra Leone – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Freetown
http://floodlist.com/africa/sierra-leone-flash-floods-freetown-august-2019

Day zero approaches for Stanthorpe as locals face prospect of levy to cover cost of trucked-in water
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-05/stanthorpe-drought-bites-as-town-runs-out-of-water/11381886?pfmredir=sm

Eruption at Sabancaya volcano ejects ash up to 9.4 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Colour Code Red, Peru
https://watchers.news/2019/08/05/sabancaya-eruption-peru-august-5-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 dead, 3 missing in flash flood at Chinese scenic gorge
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1535766/world

Nigeria – Deaths Reported as Floods Hit Eastern and Central Areas
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-adamawa-abuja-august-2019

Floods hit North Karnataka as hundreds of families evacuated
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/aug/05/floods-hit-north-karnataka-as-hundreds-of-families-evacuated-2014116.html

Floods claim 531 lives, leave 655 000 displaced, India
https://watchers.news/2019/08/06/floods-claim-531-lives-leave-655-000-displaced-india/

Italy – Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Lombardy
http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-evacuations-floods-landslides-lombardy-auguat-2019

Nepal – Deadly Landslide in Baglung
http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-landslide-baglung-august-2019

Myanmar – More Flooding as Rivers Rise in Ayeyarwady, Mon and Kayin
http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-flood-rivers-ayeyarwady-mon-kayin-august-2019

Sudan – 12 States Hit by Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-kassala-north-darfur-august-2019

Three Members Of A Family Killed In Rawalpindi Flash Floods
https://92newshd.tv/three-members-of-a-family-killed-in-rawalpindi-flash-floods/#.XUtRy-gzaUk

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Aug 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sangeang
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/84877/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Aug-2019-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sangeang-.html

Maharashtra floods claim 16 lives, over 1.4 lakh evacuated; NDRF, Army, Navy and Coast Guard deployed https://zeenews.india.com/maharashtra/maharashtra-floods-claim-16-lives-over-1-4-lakh-evacuated-ndrf-army-navy-and-coast-guard-deployed-2225715.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Siberian Wildfires and Heatwaves in Alaska: How the Arctic Is Nearing a Point of No Return
https://time.com/5641751/arctic-wildfires-heatwaves-alaska-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Australia records third-hottest July
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/australia-records-third-hottest-july?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Nearly 100-Year-Old Physics Model Replicates Modern Arctic Ice Melt
https://eos.org/articles/a-nearly-100-year-old-physics-model-replicates-modern-arctic-ice-melt

Climate Change Becomes an Issue for Ratings Agencies
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04082019/climate-change-ratings-agencies-financial-risk-cities-companies

July confirmed as hottest month recorded across the world
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/05/world/hottest-july-on-record-climate-sci-intl/index.html

Greenland ice sheet loses 11 billion tons of water in one day amid historic heat
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/amid-historic-heat-greenland-ice-sheet-loses-11/story?id=64737944

Climate Change to Cause Chaos in Africa, Warn Scientists
https://www.voanews.com/africa/climate-change-cause-chaos-africa-warn-scientists

Arctic wildfires, hybrid embryos and record-breaking heatwave
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02305-0?

Record heatwave 'made much more likely' by human impact on climate https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/02/record-heatwave-made-much-more-likely-by-human-impact-on-climate?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sea level rise began accelerating in the 1960s, researchers find
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-08-06/sea-level-rise-accelerated-sixties/11373830

Alaska's sea ice has completely melted away
https://mashable.com/article/alaska-sea-ice-melt-2019/

Just one in 20 Australian news stories about drought mention climate change https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/aug/02/just-one-in-20-australian-news-stories-about-drought-mention-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Increased shear in the North Atlantic upper-level jet stream over the past four decades https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1465-z

Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia's stance on the climate crisis
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/06/asia/arctic-fires-russia-climate-change-intl/index.html

Rising global temperatures wreak havoc on urban "heat islands"
https://www.axios.com/extreme-heat-cities-climate-change-strategies-0f090ff3-ba4f-45f8-b252-adf51e1ec161.html

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boston-adapting-rising-sea-level-coastal-flooding

Climate change is a national security issue
https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/climate-change-national-security-issue

Farmers call for national strategy on climate change and agriculture
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/08/farmers-call-for-national-strategy-on-climate-change-and-agriculture

'Warning flag': IPCC finds rapid land warming threatens food security
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/warning-flag-ipcc-finds-rapid-land-warming-threatens-food-security-20190808-p52f6m.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

Insurers reveal Townsville flood cost, warn region is 'unprofitable'
https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/insurers-reveal-townsville-flood-cost-warn-region-is-unprofitable-20190804-p52do5

Study: El Niño has outsize economic effect on California https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/07/30/study-el-nio-has-outsized-economic-impact-california/?utm_term=.610e55e618f5

A new global map of freshwater hydrography may be the most accurate ever made—so precise scientists could use it to predict future flooding events around the world
https://www.futurity.org/global-water-map-floods-rivers-lakes-2113702-2/

Mekong River Commission utilizes space technology to improve flood forecasting
https://smartwatermagazine.com/news/servir-mekong/mekong-river-commission-utilizes-space-technology-improve-flood-forecasting

Tales of resilient cities
https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/20resilient-cities

Articles on earthquake event that shocked the city of L’Aquila in April 2009
https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0965-3562/vol/28/iss/4

Even in cities, natural signs can warn of floods, researchers find
http://news.trust.org/item/20190807120511-pi5mk/?source=gep

Flood Insurance On The Rise, But Property Owners Aren't Worried
https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/commercial-real-estate/flood-insurance-on-the-rise-insurers-worry-of-future-damage-risk-100052

Protecting Charleston against floods shouldn’t be so controversial
https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-protecting-charleston-against-floods-shouldn-t-be-so-controversial/article_cc693152-b938-11e9-a979-437e356b2c6f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Arctic wildfires: How bad are they and what caused them?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49125391

 

Emergency Management

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/03/yazoo-backwater-mississippi-flooding-months

'The dam very nearly went': the scramble to save Whaley Bridge
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/05/whaley-bridge-dam-very-nearly-went?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Lessons Management Handbook
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/lessons-management-handbook/

Australian Fire Danger Rating System: research prototype report released
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/australian-fire-danger-rating-system-research-prototype-report-released

Roadmaps to safety and resilience in the Pacific
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/roadmaps-to-safety-and-resilience-in-the-pacific

First all-female hazard reduction burn with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/

Enhanced capacity to measure recovery
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/enhanced-capacity-to-measure-recovery/

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities
https://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2019/08/disabilities-accessibility-needs-natural-disaster-planning-california/158911/

We can’t stop Congo’s Ebola outbreak until communities lead the response
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/opinion/2019/08/01/Ebola-outbreak-community-response-Congo?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

Situational Awareness is a Complex Topic
https://www.samatters.com/situational-awareness-complex-topic/

Satellites to the rescue after natural disasters https://spacenews.com/satellites-to-the-rescue-after-natural-disasters/

Year after floods, same status: Homeless and landless
https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2019/08/06/idukki-deluge-diaries-subair-cheruthoni-river-kerala-floods.html
Gaps in the Evacuation of People with Special Needs During Coastal Disasters in Sri Lanka
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-13-9749-3_5

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

This new innovative education intervention enables children to engage with parents and build disaster resilient households
http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2019/winning-disaster-preparedness

Who's responsible for managing flood risk?
https://thefloodhub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/UPDATED-POYNTON-Whos-responsible-for-managing-flood-risk_.pdf

 

Sociology and Disasters

What Drives People to Mass Shootings?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/mass-shootings-mental-health.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesscience

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