Related - Floodplain Manager December 2020 to January 2021

Fatal Floods

A man has drowned and townships around the country were flooded as cyclonic activity on the east and west coast dumped rain through December and January.

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King tides, heavy rain, and Tropical Cyclone Imogen have caused flooding, widespread damage and the death of one man in Queensland through December 2020 to January 2021. Parts of Brisbane were affected by a king tide which breached shoreline barriers and flooded the surrounding areas of Cleveland and Wynnum on 14 December 2020.

Areas surrounding the state’s Gold Coast area were affected by heavy rain which caused flash flooding in Currumbin, Currumbin Waters and Burleigh over 17 to 18 December 2020. At Oyster Creek, 122 mm of rain fell in two hours on 17 December 2020 which caused several roads to be closed . In Killarney on Queensland’s border, a farmer was tragically killed as his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters as he attempted to move his cattle to higher ground.

Tropical Cyclone Imogen crossed the far north Queensland coast on 3 January 2021 bringing with it heavy rainfall and flooding. Normanton airport recorded 259mm in 24 hours leading to 4 January, with 186 mm in just three hours. By 4 January, the system had been downgraded to a tropical low, but not before causing power outages to 1,000 customers and damage to homes from fallen trees and debris. As the system progressed through the state, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service received 103 calls for help . At Herbert River north of Ingham, flooding was observed as the river at Lower Herbert at Halifax reached the major flood level (5.3 metres) which cut numerous roads (Read here, here, here, here , here, here, and here)

In Byron Bay in northern NSW, severe storms and heavy rainfall caused intense erosion on the region’s Main Beach. A severe weather warning was in place for damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and damaging surf on the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands. Over 150 mm of rain fell in the 24 hours to 14 December 2020 in Cape Byron. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) received 56 calls for assistance over the weekend of the 11 December and undertook swift water rescues of five people.

Elsewhere, in the central western NSW town of Parkes, 31 mm of rain fell in 17 minutes on 2 January 2021. The intense rainfall caused flooding of a motel and supermarket as well as the partial collapse of the roof of an aged care facility. The NSW SES responded to 300 incidents state-wide including several rescues of people trapped inside their vehicles after driving through floodwaters. (Read here, here and here)

Western Australia
Inland WA has experienced heavy rainfall and flooding following a tropical low which crossed the coast at Port Headland before bringing severe weather to the Goldfields and Midlands regions of the state. Abydos, north of Newman, recorded 131.6 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 12 December 2020. Meanwhile, the Coongan River at Marble Bar peaked at 8.4 metres, which is approximately 5 metres above the major flood level. (Read here)

A one-in-50 year storm occurring on 2 January 2021 in Warrnambool caused widespread flooding. In just 12 minutes on 2 January 2021, more than 30 mm of rain fell in the town leaving homes and businesses inundated. SES teams from surrounding areas were brought in to assist in rescues and to direct the evacuation of a holiday park which became inundated with flood waters. (Read here).

2020 Climate Statement Released

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its annual climate statement for 2020 revealing it to be the fourth warmest on record and marked by bushfires, floods and La Niña.

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The statement reports that the 2020 national mean temperature was 1.15 °C above average with Penrith, NSW recording its hottest temperature on record (48.9°C). The year began with intense heat and bushfires with below average rainfall for parts of west and southeast Queensland despite 4% above average total annual rainfall for the country overall. In February, flash flooding and riverine flooding affected parts of southeast and inland Queensland and inland and coastal areas of New South Wales, extending into the second half of the month. Significant flood levels were recorded in numerous Queensland catchments, most notably in the Georgina/Eyre, Logan/Albert, Condamine/Balonne, and Warrego catchments. In eastern New South Wales major flooding occurred on the Orara, Hawkesbury/Nepean, and Georges rivers.  Eight tropical cyclones were recorded in the broader Australian region during the 2019–20 tropical cyclone season, which is below the long-term average of eleven (for all years since 1969–70). Tropical cyclone Esther made landfall close to the Northern Territory and the Queensland border on 24 February bringing heavy rain and flooding to the Georgina, Diamantina, Bulloo, Paroo, and Warrego rivers and the Cooper Creek catchment (Read here).

Decade Since Disaster: Queensland Floods Ten Years On

Queensland marks the 10th anniversary of the historic 2011 floods with exhibitions of shared experiences and memories of lives lost.

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Widespread flooding across many parts of the state claimed the lives of 33 people (with three still unaccounted for) and saw more than 78% of the state declared a disaster zone (FM February 2011). Funding from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements banner has allowed infrastructure to be built to a more flood resilient standard with local councils also contributing more than $2 million to these projects.  (Read here, here and here).

Flood Resilience Work Among the 2020 Winners of Resilient Australia Awards

"Building Australia's Flood Resilience" was recognised as a highly commended project in the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience awards announced in December 2020.

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This Queensland-based initiative started as a series of pro-bono grassroots actions that took place in the wake of the 2011 Queensland floods, and has grown into work for governments, industry and academia. It aims to help communities “build back better” by helping design flood resilient homes and creating flood resilience guides for state and local governments. One achievement has been successfully lobbying the insurance industry to recognise flood resilient building design and reduce insurance costs accordingly. The winner of the Resilient Australia National School Award also drew from flooding in Queensland; this student-driven project from the Thuringowa State School connects students through a platform to promote community resilience and engagement before, during and after disaster events.  (Read here).

Parramatta Flood Warning System wins Smart City Award

The City of Parramatta Council was recognised for its FloodSmart flash flood warning system, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

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The city was one of 18 winners announced by the Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand in December 2020. It was awarded the Leadership City Award, acknowledgement for its investments in smart technology and data-driven solutions. The City of Parramatta had three other projects that it gained recognition for in addition to FloodSmart, one of which is an environmental sensor network that monitors stormwater runoff, temperature, air quality, and noise. These technologies are seen as key to managing growth in the flood-prone city.  (Read more here).

Review of NSW SES Response to 2017 Lismore Floods

The NSW SES has admitted to inadequate handling in its response to flooding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie which affected 68% of businesses in Lismore.

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The Lismore Citizens Flood Review Group coordinator Beth Trevan said the group’s research into the flood response found local information and knowledge was omitted from the decision-making process during the 2017 floods. At the time, a moderate flood warning was in place for Lismore, with river levels not forecast to breach the city’s levee. The SES issued an immediate evacuation order just four hours later for North Lismore, South Lismore and the Lismore CBD in the wake of a major flood forecast. The review group argues that the lack of a timely warning did not give businesses and residents enough time to prepare and move valuable items and stock out of harm’s way. In response, SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin visited Lismore following the floods and acknowledged that there had been an “…exclusion of local knowledge in some of the decision-making process”. Mr Austin said warning systems had been reviewed but those living in flood-prone areas had a role to play as well by “being vigilant of what’s coming, and knowing what your triggers are and what your plans are”.  (Read more here).

Clearer Warnings for Floods and Cyclones

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) has developed the Australian Warning System which provides a new approach for emergency warnings for hazards like floods.

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The system which included a 16,000 strong research team, aims to deliver a more unified approach to emergency warnings across jurisdictions. It uses a nationally consistent set of icons to show incidents on websites and apps, supported by calls to action which are consistent across all hazards. There are three warning levels: Advice (yellow), Watch and Act (Orange) and Emergency Warning (Red). (Read more here and here).

$50 million National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Fund

The Australian Government has announced the establishment of a $50 million National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Fund to help Australian communities better prepare for extreme weather events and flooding.

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The program was established under the Emergency Response Fund and reflects on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (FM April 2020), the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, and findings of the State of the Climate Report 2020 (FM November 2020). The funding initiative will support state, territory and local governments to improve or construct essential public infrastructure to better withstand severe flood events.  (Read more here).

Insurers Hike Catastrophe Allowance Following 2020 Weather Events

One of Australia’s largest insurers, QBE, has increased it allowance for catastrophic weather claims, after breaching its US$550 million cap in 2020.

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Increasingly severe local weather in Australia has caused reinsurers to re-evaluate the risk posed by extreme weather. In recent years, cyclones, floods and bushfires have caused reinsurance costs to surpass the premiums collected from Australian business. The increased allowance may mean that insurers will raise premiums in order to cover the increasingly expensive reinsurance, which protects insurers from mass claim events such as floods and bushfires. For 2021, US$685 million will be set aside by QBE for claims related to extreme weather.  (Read more here).

NSW Floodplain Harvesting May Be Illegal

The practice of capturing flood waters moving across plains using levees and dams is most likely illegal under the Water Management Act 2000, unless irrigators have a development consent and a water access licence.

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The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) is assessing more than 1,000 dams, many involving potentially illegal earthworks and has found that 13% of these are specific to flood work which has an effect on the distribution or flow of water. Analysis shows that the median annual inflow in the Murray Darling Basin over the past 20 years is approximately half that of the preceding century. It is thought that a proliferation of on-farm storages that divert and capture flows before they reach the river system are the primary cause.  Under the 1912 Act, this practice was likely legal. But after 2000, when the Water Management Act came into force, the status of floodplain harvesting has become much more ambiguous.  (Read more here and here).

Coastal Wetlands Mitigated $27 billion in Storm Damage over past 50 Years

A paper published in Ecosystem Services has found that Australia’s coastal wetlands can measurably reduce cyclone and hurricane damage by absorbing storm surges and slowing winds.

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The researchers examined 54 cyclones which struck Australia between 1967 and 2016 including data on their physical damage, gross domestic product (GDP) in the storm’s path, maximum windspeed, and total wetland area. They found that for every hectare of wetland, about $4,200 per year in cyclone damage was avoided. It is estimated that if the average cyclone path in Australia were to contain around 30,000 hectares of wetlands, it would avert about 90% of potential storm damage. As cyclones are set to increase under a changed climate, preservation of wetlands can provide a more cost-effective defence structure than artificial counterparts such as sea walls.  (Read more here).

2021 FMA Conference to be Virtual

The annual Floodplain Management Australia conference is to be held online in light of recent COVID-19 outbreaks and unforeseeable restrictions.

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The 2021 conference which was to be hosted in Sydney’s Luna Park will now be held online to avoid any unforeseen restrictions due to COVID outbreaks. The virtual conference will be held online from 25 to 28 May 2021 with the program being announced soon. The FMA intends to reschedule the Luna Park in person venue for the 2023 conference.

The Impacts of Flood Risk Perception on Flood Policy

Flood risk perception can affect local governments’ preferences on implementation of flood risk management measures, such as choosing to invest in structural or non-structural solutions.

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A study examining flood-prone communities in Switzerland has found that local governments with high flood risk perception generally prefer non-structural flood management measures. These non-structural measures include spatial planning and ecological river restoration, as opposed to infrastructure measures. Flood exposure itself was found to not relate to flood risk perception or flood policy preferences. This highlights the need for investment in raising awareness of populations’ awareness of flood risks, even when flooding has not recently been experienced.  (Read more here).

Bangladesh Battles to Balance the Costs and Benefits of Floods

As a country that is 80% floodplain, Bangladesh seeks to find adaptations that balance the natural necessity and destructive powers of floods.

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Bangladesh is already experiencing the impacts of an intensified monsoon as a result of climate change, which affected over 300,000 people in 2020 and caused an exodus of people from rural areas into city slums. However, regular flooding is also essential to replenish agricultural soils. The construction of embankments or polders designed to protect against flooding has been found to make monsoonal flooding worse while disrupting sediment flow. Indigenous techniques to work with the floods, such as creating localised elevated flood islands for dwellings surrounded by low-lying farmlands, combined with evidence-based research are now being promoted as ways to find a balance between flooding benefits and risks. Additionally, the use of flood-resistant building materials and new insurance schemes to help compensate workers for their lost wages due to flooding are being trialled as ways to increase community flood resilience.  (Read more here, here and here).

Development Exacerbates Flooding Impacts from Sea-Level Rise in World’s Deltas

Both subsidence due to development and sea-level rise increase the vulnerability of coastal communities in Bangladesh.

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While deltas around the globe are experiencing significant impacts from global climate change, local development may be the largest contributor to relative sea-level rise. The construction of dams on rivers is rapidly reducing sediment supply in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta in Bangladesh. Deltas require sediment inputs and natural barriers such as mangroves to remain above sea level, both of which are threatened by increasing development. Dams are not the only culprit; Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is experiencing subsidence as rapid as 2.2 cm a year due to groundwater extraction and intensified urban infrastructure. More sustainable and nature-based development policies are required to help keep the delta communities above water.  (Read more here).

Record Year for Flooding in Asia-Pacific is just the start

In the wake of Asia-Pacific’s record-breaking flooding year, it is predicted that by 2030, $8.5 trillion of Asia’s economic assets will be at risk of riverine flooding each year.

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Asia has seen extreme economic losses, loss of life, and widespread displacement of populations due to floods in 2020. Super typhoon Goni, one of the strongest storms to have made landfall worldwide, affected nearly 70 million people and caused the evacuation of 1 million people. Last year, 2.7 million people evacuated in China alone due to flooding, while over 4,500 landslides occurred in Nepal. Multiple strong tropical storms exacerbated the flooding impacts of an unusually active monsoon season in Vietnam, leading to over 100 deaths. Climate models predict that the monsoon will bring heavier rains while the dry season becomes longer, which will lead to more damaging flooding in the region. Analysis shows that Asia will account for half of the world’s total assets at risk of flooding in the year 2030 under climate change projections, with a large proportion of the losses concentrated in China. However, funding to build community resilience falls short of promises, while infrastructure is preferentially funded over programs such as early warning systems and wetland restoration.  (Read more here, here, here and here).

Study Finds 57% of Global Economy to Face Increased Flood Risk by 2040

Within the next 20 years, over half of the world’s global economy could be exposed to flood risk, with more than one third of current agricultural lands subject to high water stress.

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By 2040, up to 3.6 billion people will be exposed to flood risk. Over half of the populations of small island developing nations will be exposed to hurricanes and typhoons amplified by sea-level rise. In Africa alone, 35 million hectares of agriculture and over 125 million people will be exposed to increased water stress, threatening human lives and large-scale food security. Regardless of size or resources, all nations face significant natural hazard risks as a result of climate change, and this risk will be increasing in the coming decades.  (Read more here).

Comparing Modelled and Actual Flood Risk

A study examining the difference between modelled flood losses and insurance payouts to flood victims over the past 20 years in England has found that models can greatly overestimate the actual values.

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This study suggests that flood risk modelling must be supported by calibration or validation with values from surveys of damages post-floods, and careful attention must be given to the quality of model data inputs. The reasons that the models were up to nine times more than the actual insurance compensation paid out to flood victims remain unclear. It was found that modelled non-residential property losses are particularly overestimated compared to residential property losses. The study also explores the possibility that much flood damage is reduced or eliminated through good incident management, which is not accounted for in the models.  (Read more here).

New AI Model for Rapid Ensemble Forecasting

AMachine learning can be used to analyse past weather patterns to predict future events much more quickly and with similar accuracy as traditional computing-intensive weather forecasting models.

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The forecasting is based on recognising patterns from large quantities of past examples of weather events, as opposed to detailed physics calculations that traditional forecasting models use. While it is not as accurate as today’s best forecasting models, the AI design uses 7,000 times less computing power to create forecasts. This allows for a large number of models to be run with slightly different starting conditions in “ensemble forecasts.” With a growing amount of previous forecast and weather observation datasets to learn from, this new technique shows promise as a fast and efficient forecasting technique.  (Read more here).

Using Deep Learning Methods to Establish the Safest Flood Evacuation Plans and Routes

This new study uses deep learning methods paired with publicly available datasets to develop forecasting tools that can help mitigate flood risk along evacuation routes during flash flooding.

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Using a case study in Missouri, USA, the researchers compiled available flood data to understand the rate of rise of flood waters. Using deep learning methods, these inputs were used to model evacuation or detour planning modules that can help find a safer route for people and goods on public roadways. The modules were linked to existing real-time rainfall gauges and weather forecasts to improve the accuracy and usability. This approach could be tailored to specific regions to develop better informed evacuation planning.  (Read more here).

“Glocal” Solution Needed for Better Flood Responses

Merging global forecasting with local observations can help better predict floods and mitigate risk.

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This approach requires the integration of meteorological and hydrological observations, techniques, measurements and modelled data in order to formulate a more encompassing view of flood occurrences. It pairs the regional spatial distribution of flood risk and past events with local details. Researchers plan to assess this approach using on-the-ground observations and remote-sensing instruments in real time, to increase the confidence in applying this tool in emergency management decision making. Although this idea has been around for many years, the computing capability and data availability is making this kind of solution more practical.  (Read more here).

Women More Likely to Experience Psychological Distress After Floods

Women who have experienced floods are more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men.

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Overall, flood victims were up to nine times more likely to develop long-term mental health problems compared to those who had never experienced a flood. The study found that people reported a loss of sense of place and security. Undergoing evacuation or temporary rehoming increased rates of distress, anxiety, depression and PTSD. However, those who were given a flood warning of 12 hours or more reported lower rates of anxiety and PTSD compared to those who did not have a flood warning. In addition to mental health problems, physical illnesses were associated with experiencing flooding, such as conditions resulting from being exposed to pollutants and water-borne pathogens.  (Read more here).

UK Insurance Firm Offering Mental Health Support for Clients Impacted by Flooding

Zurich UK is now addressing the trauma caused by floods by offering counselling sessions for flood-affected customers.

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Last year, only about 15% of those who were offered the counselling sessions took it up, with the majority being women. However, this shift sees free counselling services included as a standard part of flood policies. This comes as awareness improves surrounding the toll flooding takes on mental health; in Britain in 2013-2014, those impacted by flooding were 50% more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health impacts. This move shows recognition that repairing flooded homes is no longer a sufficient response, and that mental health impacts must also be addressed.  (Read more here).

Restoring Natural Floodplains Can Assist CO2 Absorption

Freshwater wetlands not only help prevent flooding by absorbing floodwaters but are crucial carbon sinks.

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While they only account for 6% of the world’s surface, wetlands store about 30% of all carbon held in the soil. However, two thirds of Europe’s wetlands are severely degraded, reducing their capacity to store carbon. The restoration of only 15% of degraded floodplains could provide storage for 30% of the increase in anthropogenic CO2 since industrialisation, helping significantly mitigate against climate change. Wetland floodplains serve as natural flood barriers by both absorbing flood waters and storing sediments that would otherwise runoff into water bodies.  (Read more here).

Explaining Flood Risk Perception

This study found that most respondents believe that the responsibility for flood preparedness is equally shared by institutions and citizens, highlighting the need to involve the community in risk management efforts.

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Based on interviews with people exposed to flood risk in Tuscany, Italy, it was found that proximity to a river is the strongest variable correlating with flood risk perception, as well as having previous experience with flooding. However, people living in the highest flood risk areas underestimated the objective flood risk they face. It found that higher risk awareness does not necessarily correlate with better preparedness. Few people were aware of the Local Emergency Plan in place. These results show that future risk awareness campaigns need to focus on those in the highest risk areas and need to draw on communication strategies that help people have more agency over their own security.  (Read more here).

Impacts of Dams in Reducing Climate-Related Flood Exposure

Explicitly considering the impacts of dams in flood mitigation significantly reduces the number of people exposed to floods under modelled future climate change scenarios.

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Although half of the world’s major river systems are regulated by dams, previous studies on flood prediction typically neglect the role of dams in mitigating flood risk due to data scarcity and challenges in parameterising their impacts in models. This new modelling framework quantifies the changes in the frequency of low-probability floods when dams are considered. Accounting for dams reduces the population exposed to flooding by up to 20% under future climate change scenarios. The potential failure and environmental problems caused by dams also must be considered along with their role in reducing flood exposure.  (Read more here).

Can Floating Architecture Help Africa’s Largest City Combat Flooding?

Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, looks to floating architecture and water transport to adapt to rising sea levels.

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Seasonal rains cause widespread issues in the city, with streets flooding due to dysfunctional waste disposal causing blockage of drains. At the same time, the city is facing the impacts of sea-level rise, which threatens to displace millions of people in the city. Adaptations such as floating buildings that can withstand increasingly high waters are being trialled in Makoko, a slum built on canals. Water transport such as UberBoat is also expanding as the population seeks an alternative to flooded streets. Improved flood forecasting is also seen as a powerful tool in combating floods, as the Nigerian government has designed a mobile app to help coastal and agricultural regions better prepare for heavy rains. Flooding impacts are predicted to worsen as the climate changes, and innovative solutions are increasingly required to mitigate the impacts of floods.  (Read more here).

International Floods

There were 51 international floods reported across 35 countries throughout December 2020 to January 2021. At least 196 people died and more than 173,000 were displaced. 

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Internationally significant floods included:

Sri Lanka

More than 10,000 people have been displaced by flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Burevi. The system made landfall in the country’s north eastern Trincomalee district bringing heavy rainfall of 279.8 mm in 24 hours recorded in Akkarayan Kulam on 3 December 2020, winds of 90km/h, and storm surges of 1 metre. In the Jaffna district 152 houses were damaged and 15 were completely destroyed. (Read more here)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy rainfall in DR Congo’s capital Kinshasa of 69 mm in 24 hours to 7 December 2020 has caused extensive flooding in several western regions of the country which has left at least 22 people dead. Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, particularly in the northern areas of Ulvira where the Kavimvira river broke its banks. (Read more here, and here)


At least 24 people have died, and 500,000 households have been affected by heavy rainfall and flooding in the southern parts of the country. Nakhon Si Thammarat recorded 83.9 mm of rain and Phatthalung 94.1 mm in the 24 hours leading to 2 December 2020. (Read more here)


Fiji declared a state of natural disaster when Cyclone Yasa made landfall in Vanua Levu on 11 December 2020. Two people died and at least 24,000 people stayed in 457 evacuation centres across the country. (Read more here)


At least 12 people have died and as many as 80 people have been displaced by floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Santa Catarina State. Floods and landslides have damaged roads, bridges and infrastructure in the municipalities of Aurora, Apiúna, Ascurra in the Vale do Itajai region, along with areas of Sul Catarinense and Florianópolis regions. The city of Florianópolis, recorded 91 mm of rain in 24 hours to 17 December. Search and rescue efforts are under way for several people who were thought to have been swept away by mudslides. Elsewhere in the Rio de Janeiro State, at least one person has died, and three houses have collapsed as a result of severe flooding in the Baixada Fluminense Region on 22 December 2020. (Read more here and here)

Papua New Guinea

Heavy rains in the remote area of Central Province have caused a landslide that has killed 15 people as of 28 December 2020. The landslide has engulfed numerous homes at an alluvial gold mining camp in the Goilala District where search and recovery efforts have been hampered by further heavy rainfall. (Read more here)


As many as 50,000 people were evacuated by heavy rain which has caused flooding in many regions of the country, with Pahang currently the worst affected. At least six people have died as a result of the unusually strong monsoon rains. Rivers in the state were above the danger mark in at least nine locations, including the Pahang river in Jerantut district which stood at 55.84 metres as of 5 January, well above the danger mark of 52 metres. (Read more here and here)


Indonesia experienced 185 natural disasters in the first three weeks of 2021 alone, most of which were floods, hurricanes and landslides. Heavy rainfall on Borneo displaced over 30,000 people and killed over a dozen in mid-January. Landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed 40 people in Indonesia’s West Java. In addition, five people were killed and 500 were evacuated after floods and landslides occurred in North Sulawesi province. (Read more here, here, here, here, and here)


Webinar: Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate Online Course
Where: Webinar
When: Multiple July to December 2020
For more information visit here.

Flood and Coast 2020 Conference and Exhibition
Where: Telford International Centre, UK
When: 8 to 10 December 2020
For more information visit here.

Coastal GeoTools Conference
Where: Virtual
When: 08 to 11 February 2021
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International Conference on Urban Flood Control and River Flood Management
Where: Singapore
When: 03 to 04 May 2021
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Association of State Floodplain Managers 45th Annual National Conference
Where: Raleigh Convention Center, North Carolina
When: 9 to 12 May 2021
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Floodplain Management Australia Conference 2021
Where: Online event
When: 25 to 28 May 2021
Call for abstracts open now. For more information visit here.

FLOODrisk 2020 European Conference on Flood Risk Management
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: 21 to 25 June 2021
For more information visit here.

2020 International Conference on Flood Management
Where: The University of Iowa, USA
When: 9 to 11 August 2021
For more information visit here.

Flood Expo
Where: Birmingham, UK
When: 22 to 23 September 2021
For more information visit here.


Producing More Useable Flood Data

The Brigstow Institute from the University of Bristol is bringing together multidisciplinary researchers to engage with global stakeholders working in flood relief. It is working to better understand organisations’ flood data needs to produce more useable science, and is creating maps to gain insights into flood data. (Read here)

BOM State of the Climate 2020: Webinar

The Bureau of Meteorology hosted a webinar that unpacks the 2020 State of the Climate report. The webinar highlights the currently felt impacts of climate change and addresses the projections for the future that will affect all Australians. (Read here)

Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry Final Report Released

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission published the Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry in December 2020. This covers the wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of home contents and strata insurance in north Australia and sets out the analysis and recommendations made throughout the three year inquiry. (Read here)

Maitland’s Flood History Book

A new book has been published that examines Maitland’s flood history from a local perspective. Chas Key’s book includes interviews of personal flood stories and delves into how experience has impacted attitudes and perceptions of flood risk of local residents. (Read here)

“Flooded Out of My Home” Explores Flooding in South Wales

In the wake of the worst flooding to hit South Wales in 40 years, this documentary examines how families and communities are recovering after the floods. It investigates the price that has to be paid to protect against extreme weather events and asks who will be paying it. (Read here)

Natural Disaster Figures for 2020

This Munich RE report examines the natural disaster figures for 2020, including the record hurricane season in the North Atlantic. Natural catastrophe losses in 2020 were significantly higher than in 2019. The report found that floods in China were responsible for the highest individual losses of US$17 billion, only 2% of which was insured. (Read here)

UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020

The UN has published its fifth edition of the Adaptation Gap Report 2020, which examines the status of planning for, financing and implementing adaptation measures against climate impacts such as floods and sea-level rise. It focuses on nature-based and locally appropriate solutions in developing countries. (Read here)

Visualising Early Warning Information to Support Effective Decision Making

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience has published a guide on aspects to consider when creating visualisations of early warning information. It has the goal of improving communications to be more usable and help save lives.(Read here)