This Week in Disaster Resilience 22nd January 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive pyroclastic flow at Semeru volcano, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2021/01/17/massive-pyroclastic-flow-semeru-volcano-january-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay
https://watchers.news/2021/01/20/bolivia-paraguay-floods-january-2021/

New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna's Southeast Crater, Italy
https://watchers.news/2021/01/19/etna-eruption-january-18-2021/

Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/16/indonesia-earthquake-rescuers-hampered-by-damaged-infrastructure-after-dozens-killed

Syria – Floods in Displacement Camps in Idlib and Aleppo
http://floodlist.com/asia/syria-floods-idlib-aleppo-january-2021

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in South Kalimantan and North Sulawesi
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-southkalimantan-northsulawesi-january-2021

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Mindanao, Philippines
https://watchers.news/2021/01/21/m7-1-earthquake-philippines-indonesia-january-21-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Around 2,000 homes and businesses in Manchester told to evacuate due to flooding fears
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/around-2000-homes-businesses-manchester-19668489

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Eloise Leaves Homes Destroyed, Hundreds Displaced
http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-tropical-storm-eloise-january-2021

Brazil – Flash Floods and Landslides in São Paulo and Minas Gerais
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-landslides-sao-paulo-minas-gerais-january-2021

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change blamed for a third of U.S. flood losses in past 3 decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/climate-change-blamed-for-a-third-of-us-flood-losses-in-past-3-decades/2021/01/15/398728a2-544c-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html

Powerful winds spark new blazes in California's year-round fire 'season'
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/19/california-fire-climate-crisis-high-winds

Health warnings as 'intense' heatwave to hit NSW until Australia Day
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/health-warnings-as-intense-heatwave-to-hit-nsw-until-australia-day-20210121-p56vuf.html

Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison
https://reneweconomy.com.au/biden-hits-reset-on-us-climate-action-and-turns-up-the-heat-on-morrison/

Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/20/paris-climate-accord-joe-biden-returns-us

Legal bid to stop UK building Europe's biggest gas power plant fails
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/21/climate-crisis-uk-legal-bid-stop-biggest-gas-power-station-europe-fails

Five reasons to be optimistic about clean energy in 2021
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/five-reasons-to-be-optimistic-about-clean-energy-in-2021.html

Keeping it local: Engaging communities in climate resilience projects in Yangon
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75601

Disaster risk reduction

'Expensive brain fart': Cost of dam project may triple, documents show
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/expensive-brain-fart-cost-of-dam-project-may-triple-documents-show-20210120-p56vk0.html

The link between tropical cyclones and heatwaves
https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/the-link-between-tropical-cyclones-and-heatwaves/533345

Accurate forecasts of rainfall can help save lives and livelihoods from drought in Sub-Saharan Africa
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75614

These are the world’s greatest threats in 2021
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/world-greatest-threats-2021/

NZ landslides more dangerous than quakes
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/123927961/nz-landslides-more-dangerous-than-quakes

Invited perspectives: Building sustainable and resilient communities – recommended actions for natural hazard scientists
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75594

A risk analysis of COVID‐19 infections in Kolkata Metropolitan City: A GIS based study
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75602

The global risks report 2021, 16th edition
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75580

The National Risk Index: Discover the landscape of natural hazard risk in the United States
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75535

Emergency management

A Really Bad Idea! "Caught on video: Japan emergency callers will be able to send footage to police"
https://visualanthropologyofjapan.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-really-bad-idea-caught-on-video-japan.html

Mask-wearing and control of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the USA: a cross-sectional study
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(20)30293-4/fulltext#.YAnbH_IniZ0.twitter

Biden outlines vaccine plan, requires masks on flights
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/01/21/covid-news-vaccine-shortages-us-response-joe-biden-california/4237433001/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here’s how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs
https://theconversation.com/disaster-season-is-here-do-you-have-a-resilience-action-plan-heres-how-the-small-town-of-tarnagulla-built-theirs-151570

Individual action, community good: coming together to save ourselves and the planet
https://www.theguardian.com/bank-australia-collective-good/2020/nov/19/individual-action-community-good-coming-together-to-save-ourselves-and-the-planet?CMP=share_btn_tw

For eyewitness accounts of earthquake shaking, representation matters
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75613

Using community resilience vision statements to engage communities in Bangladesh
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/75596

Sociology and disasters

The dual effect of social ties on COVID‑19 spread in Japan
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81001-4.epdf

Strengthening urban resilience in Amman, Jordan, to mitigate flash floods and protect vulnerable communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/75581

 

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