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Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th - 19th July 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 13th - 19th July 2019



Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern


Floods hit over a million people in Bangladesh

Severe flooding puts more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease


Landslides in Bolivia affect over 6,000 families


Dam waters flood towns in Brazil's Bahia State, leaving many displaced

Flooding causes concerns over dam incident in Bahia State


Macroalgae suffocating the Caribbean now stretches from Africa to Mexico

Wide Sargasso seaweed: 5,500-mile algae belt keeps on growing, threatening health and livelihoods


7 people dead or missing in flooding in east China's Jiangxi


Croatia music event evacuated due to forest fire

Thousands of tourists evacuated as forest fire threatens Croatian beach festival

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

Ebola virus reaches Congolese city of Goma


Reventador Volcano registers gas emissions and ashfall, orange alert issued


Monsoon floods kill dozens and displace millions in India

Flood death toll in Assam, Bihar crosses 100; red alert in 3 Kerala


Six die in South Halmahera earthquake

Thousands evacuated after 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia


Hundreds Evacuated After Fires Break Out Across Israel

Israeli heatwave reaches record-breaking 50C in Sodom, putting pressure on emergency services


Italy firefighters battle wildfires; 1 dead in Puglia, others evacuated

Intense eruptive activity continues at Stromboli volcano

Eruption at Etna's New Southeast Crater, Italy


Japan - worst mass killing in two decades claims 33 lives

Arson attack in Kyoto kills 33


Dozens Evacuated or Rescued After Floods in Western Greece Region

Floods hit western Greece days after deadly storm kills 7


Mexico struggles with invasion of Sargassum - 1,000 tonnes collected daily

Macroalgae problem in Cancun hits tourism industry


Thousands Displaced in North and West Myanmar as Rivers Overflow

Monsoon flooding forces thousands from their homes in Myanmar


Flooding and Landslides Kill Dozens in Nepal as Waters Rise Across Asia

Death toll reaches 90 in Nepal floods; over 17,500 displaced


At least 23 reported dead in Neelum Valley flood

Fifty-two people rescued after cloud burst wreaks havoc in Pakistan


Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain From Storm Danas

Strong winds from tropical Storm Danas batter the Philippines


Costa Blanca forest fire: Homes evacuated and roads cut off

Over 80 people evacuated in Alicante forest fire with smoke reaching Benidorm


Taiwan issues warnings for year's first typhoon as thousands evacuated

Thousands evacuated as Taiwan braces for first typhoon this year


Seven reported missing, 69 rescued in flash floods, landslides

Turkey's northwest struggles with flash floods - 7 people missing

United States of America

Dozens rescued in Louisiana after Barry causes thousands of power outages across the state

Hurricane Barry Aftermath: Flooding, Tornadoes, and Snakes a Threat in Storm's Wake

Heart of New York goes dark as Manhattan suffers power outage

Days After Manhattan Blackout, Storms Leave Thousands in Dark

Hawaii wildfire forces thousands to evacuate Maui towns

100 Homes Damaged or Destroyed by July Nebraska Floods

Heatwave building as temperatures spike in the central and eastern U.S.


Two million in Harare have no water as city turns off taps; cases of typhoid reported

Ongoing drought in Zimbabwe affects water access for millions


Other items of interest:

IFRC: Heatwave Guide for Cities

Five communities building resilience to thrive in an uncertain future

New ISO standard for urban resilience in development

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019: Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns

Cybersecurity and its cascading effect on societal systems

20 million children missed out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

Sustainable development will falter without data

Earth observation data: the new frontier in climate resilience

Opinion - Uncontrolled chemical releases: A silent, growing threat

Pacific Disaster Center and ASEAN member states kick-off program to enhance regional disaster management capabilities

UNHCR: Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Syrians

Natural Hazards and Public Health Emergencies in the Americas: Exposed Population & Nearest Hospitals

A wake-up call for the Ebola outbreak response

The Missing Billion - Prioritising disability in universal health coverage


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 6th - 12th July

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 6th - 12th July


Scores of Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh destroyed by flooding

Landslides: 248 families moved to Khagrachhari shelter centres


Smog warning in effect for Montreal following wildfires

Canadian wildfires continue to send smoke, haze across borders

More residents being moved out of Pikangikum as crews fight forest fire


Heavy rain, floods in China force evacuation of nearly 80,000

Thousands Displaced by Floods in Jiangxi Province


Stormy weather wreaks havoc on Croatia, causing injuries and property damage

Worst storm of the year hits Croatia, widespread damage reported


France on drought alert as 39 departements impose water restrictions


Greek storms kill six as extreme weather prompts state of emergency

State of emergency declared in Halkidiki after severe storms leave six dead, many more injured

Greece - Forest Fire (ECHO Daily Flash)


Assam flood situation serious, over 62,000 in 8 districts affected

Assam flood claims 3 lives, more rain expected

Cloudburst in Arunachal Pradesh; More Than 800 Stranded


Deadly M5.7 earthquake hits southern Iran, numerous aftershocks

Medium-sized quake hits southwestern Iran - more than 100 injured


Storms, hail and lightening batter Italy

Hail hits Pescara; at least 18 injured


Flash floods in Malacca (ECHO Daily Flash)

Melaka floods worsen; over 1000 people forced to evacuate


Torrential rain triggers Puebla mudslide, killing seven

Landslide buries 7 in central Mexico


Glacial lake outburst in Chitral cuts off community - damages house, shops

Seventy people rescued in flood-hit Chitral area


Strong tornado hits the city of Iasi, damaging homes and injuring 3 people

Tornado hits Iasi, Romania


One dead as flash floods hit Navarra

United States of America

Hurricane Forecast: Louisana Starts Evacuation, New Orleans On State of Emergency

Deadly Flash Floods Hit Pennsylvania

Heatwave and Wildfires in Alaska as Temperatures Hit 90 Degrees

Other items of interest:

One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns

New tool helps withstand hybrid and cascading risk scenarios

CDB, PAHO launch "Stronger Together" campaign, raising awareness about mental health and psychosocial support in disasters

The Rockefeller Foundation launches new Climate and Resilience initiative; commits an initial $8 million to continue supporting global network of cities

Digital tracking of environmental risks offers insights to humanitarian actors

Disaster preparedness: OECS-Direct Relief partnership to boost emergency medication supplies in the Eastern Caribbean

Asian Development Bank - The Links between Climate Change, Disasters, Migration, and Social Resilience in Asia

IAP - Improving Scientific Input to Global Policymaking with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

8 Highlights from the SDG Conversation at the High-Level Political Forum

From Science to Implementation: Strengthening the Science Policy Interface (SPI) to Integrate Climate Change, Resilience, and the SDGs 

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 29th June - 5th July

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 29th June - 5th July


Fire crews continue to battle forest fire as hazard reaches high, extreme in Ontario

Wildfire forcing evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation in Ontario


Six killed, 190 injured after sudden tornado in Liaoning province

Tornado tears through Chinese city of Kaiyuan - thousands evacuated


Evacuations in Ecuador After Rivers Overflow in Sucumbaos


Firefighters battle wildfires in France after temperatures hit 45.9C

France Hit by Fires in South as Heatwave Reaches Peak


Hundreds evacuated as wildfire rages through eastern Germany

German Wildfires Cause Old War Munitions to Explode


Greek wildfires: 4 more villages evacuated on Evia island

Wildfire blazing through Evia


More Flash Floods in Ouest Department Leave Several Dead

Haiti - Floods - 5 dead, 3 people missing and significant damage


Hundreds Displaced in Assam as Rivers Rise

Mumbai hit by worst rains since 2005, at least 27 people killed

Death toll rises after walls collapse amid India monsoon rains


Italy volcano: eruption on island of Stromboli, evacuations begin

One dead, several injured or missing after Stromboli volcano eruption


More than 1.09 million residents in Kyushu ordered to evacuate as torrential rains continue

Rains ease in southern Japan but landslide risks persist as death toll rises to two

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea volcanic eruptions force 15,000 from their homes

Thousands displaced in Papua New Guinea following double volcanic eruptions


Massive damage after worst floods in history hit Irkutsk region of Siberia, Russia

Death toll in Irkutsk Region flood climbs to 21, 14 people still missing


Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues

Spain wildfire triggers more evacuations


Two hurt, thousands without power as tornado hits southern Taiwan

Tornado leaves 7,400 without power in Pingtung, Taiwan


Tropical storm Mun brings heavy rains, strong winds to Thailand

United States of America

Southern California shaken by 6.4 magnitude earthquake

California earthquake: Fires, rock slides as aftershocks rattle communities

Nearly 100,000 without power as severe thunderstorms hit Chicago, Illinois


Two dead in road collapse as Tropical Storm Mun makes landfall in Vietnam

Vietnam - Tropical Depression MUN update (ECHO Daily Flash)


Other items of interest:

Contribution from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on the theme of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development "Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality"

Jamaica to host Seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

FAO supports Philippines in strengthening climate change adaptation in agriculture

Wellcome Global Monitor: How does the world feel about science?

Deltares: Dry, drier, drought - Assessing drought risks to support decision making, risk financing and disaster response

Green and Gray Infrastructure More Powerful When They Work Together

Climate Action Week held in London

Addressing Problematic Opioid Use in OECD Countries

EU commits EUR 7 million for disaster preparedness in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region 


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd - 28th June

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd - 28th June



Monsoon rains and flash floods in southern Bhutan leave several dead


At least 19 dead, 24 injured in Cambodian building collapse

Deadly construction collapse mounts to 28


Thirty-one people injured in Sichuan earthquake

A 5.4-magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan province, 31 injured


Landslide in Colombia leaves 2 dead, more injured

Deadly Landslide in Caqueta Department


Deadly Floods and Landslides in Tungurahua Province

Tungurahua - Over 100 homes evacuated in response to flood risk


European heatwave: Temperature may pass highest on record in France


Heatwave leads to pollution spike in Paris

Temperatures to hit 45C in France as death toll grows

Flash floods and evacuations in Normandy


Windstorm in the Gambia causes displacement, injuries and death

Gambia - Windstorms (ECHO Daily Flash)


Mali - Floods and Rain Damage Refugee Camps


At least 2 dead, thousands of homes flooded in Reynosa rain storm

At-risk residents evacuated due to flooding in Reynosa, Mexico

Papua New Guinea

Over 15,000 residents now displaced by Papua New Guinea volcano

Volcanic ash forces thousands to evacuate their homes


Heavy rain floods Belgrade suburbs, 12 people evacuated

Extreme rainfall hits capital Belgrade, 1 month worth of rain in 45 minutes


Worst wildfire in decades rages in northeastern Spain, 53 evacuated

Spain wildfire threatens to burn up to 50,000 acres

South Africa

Cape Town hit by flooding and evacuations as storms strike

Informal settlements in Cape Town impacted by high winds


Landslide cuts off community in New Taipei City

United Kingdom

Flooding continues to cause train delays, power outages and road closures

UK weather: Thunderstorms bring heavy rain and flooding as temperatures soar

United States

Strong winds leave 50,000 homes without power in Middle Tennessee

Storms Bring Tornadoes, Floods and Power Outages Across the U.S.

Woodbury Fire 53% contained, more than 123,400 acres burned

Evacuations Expand to 700 Homes in Arizona Wildfire


Two Dead After Storms, Floods and Landslides Hit North West

Vietnam - Flash floods (ECHO Daily Flash)


Other items of interest:

VIDEO: 4th UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters

Staying the Course : Delivering on the ambition of the World Humanitarian Summit, OCHA

GAR 2019 - Disaster risk reduction in contexts of fragility and armed conflict: a review of emerging evidence challenges assumptions

UN Human Rights Council - Climate Change and Poverty: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

UNDRR Socioeconomic and Data Challenges - Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe 2019

IMF Policy Paper - Building Resilience in Developing Countries Vulnerable to Large Natural Disasters

Exploring Machine Learning to Map Yellow Fever Risk in the Americas

Lancet commentary: The challenges of cybersecurity in health care: the UK National Health Service as a case study


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 15th - 21st June

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 15th - 21st June


Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay

Millions hit by 'historic' blackout in Argentina

South America power outage leaves 48 million people without electricity


Heavy rains leave seven dead in Brazil

7 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Pernambuco


Northern Alberta Wildfire Forces Thousands To Flee Their Homes

New evacuation orders issued as 'aggressive' northern Alberta wildfires grow


More than 80,000 evacuated after Sichuan earthquake

At least 12 people killed as 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits southern China


Hundreds without power after heavy rain and landslides


Heatwave kills 90 people in last 72 hours in Bihar

Heatwave claims 108 lives in Bihar

Death toll rises in eastern India in encephalitis outbreak

Encephalitis Deaths Rise To 136 In Bihar, Over 600 Children Affected


30 injured after M6.7 quake in northwestern Japan

Strong quake strikes northwest Japan, triggers small tsunami, power cuts


Floods in Ulaanbaatar and Tov Province Leave 12 Dead

Mongolia: Flash Floods Information Bulletin


Philippines - Floods (DSWD, DROMIC, PAGASA, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 18 June 2019)


Evacuations After Floods in Lublin


Severe storm hits Azores, causing major floods


Heavy rainfall floods parts of northeastern Turkey's Trabzon, killing 7

United Kingdom

UK weather: Homes left without power as thunderstorms bring torrential rain and 1,000 lightning strikes in an hour

Lincolnshire flooding: hundreds of homes evacuated


Floods in Uruguay displace thousands

Torrential rains in Uruguay forces 7.400 to abandon their homes

Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay suffer massive power blackout - millions affected


Other items of interest:

GAR 2019: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

GAR 2019: Why do we need accurate disaster mortality data to strengthen policy and practice?

World Bank - Lifelines: The resilient infrastructure opportunity

Boosting financial resilience to disaster shocks: Good practices and new frontiers

Bhutan pursues resilience with National Adaptation Plan

Philippines launches new storm surge forecast, warning system

WMO acts on sand and dust storms

UNDP - Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states

Risk communications for public health emergencies: How can we include migrants & ethnic


Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S (1980-2018)

WHO - Ebola Outbreak Update - 20 June 2019


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 8th - 14th June

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 8th - 14th June


Flash floods kill 3, wash away houses in Northern Afghanistan


Malaria outbreak in Burundi - 31 health districts above epidemic threshold


Over 350,000 evacuated in China floods

China flood death toll jumps to 61

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congo declares measles epidemic after cases jump by 700%


Hailstorms hit Germany - severe damage reported, several people injured

Munich storm: Several injured during hail


Deadly flash floods hit Ouest Department, Haiti

Flooding in Haiti leaves over 600 homes damaged


Thousands evacuated on Indian coast as Cyclone Vayu sweeps in

300,000 evacuated in India in cyclone preparation

36 die in India heat wave, Delhi records its highest all-time temperature

India on course for longest heatwave in 3 decades

North India: Flash floods cause deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi hit by dust storm

Severe dust storm and lightning claim 26 lives, leave 57 injured across Uttar Pradesh

8 killed, 11 injured in thunderstorm in Bihar


Nearly 6,000 flee home as floods, landslides strike Southwest Sulawesi Province

Thousands evacuated as floods hit Indonesia

Over 35,000 Affected by Floods in Samarinda City, East Kalimantan


Lake Como homes evacuated amid flash floods in northern Italy


Hundreds evacuate in western Japan as rainy season sets in

Hiroshima region evacuates amid downpours


Maldives - Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods

Monsoon rains cause havoc across Maldives


Floods hit more than half of Romania's counties - hundreds affected

Romania experiences severe weather across the country


770 homes swept away by North Darfur flash floods

Heavy rains cause injury and destruction in eastern Jebel Marra


Uganda reports first confirmed cases of Ebola

Ebola claims two in Uganda as virus spreads from Congo

United Kingdom

UK floods: Homes evacuated in state of emergency and travel disrupted

Hospitals, rail lines and roads flooded after heavy rain in England

United States

Heavy rain floods North Carolina, states of emergency declared

Flooding in North Carolina results in evacuations, deaths

350 000 without power as powerful storm hits Texas


Several killed as heavy rains hit southern, eastern Yemen

Severe weather in Yemen - 70,000 affected


Other items of interest:

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

Making Cities Resilient Report 2019

Words into Action Guidelines: Local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies

COAL prize 2019: Climate, disasters and displacement

Extreme weather sends energy demand growth to 9-year high

GEO announces $1.5 million Cloud services grant for improving access to EO in 17 countries

Partnership for strengthening school preparedness for tsunami in Asia and the Pacific

Risk communication strategies for the very worst of cases

USA: Even as floods worsen with climate change, fewer people insure against disaster

World Bank - Boosting financial resilience to disaster shocks: Good practices and new frontiers

NOAA upgrades the U.S. global weather forecast model

Celebrating disaster 'non-events': a call for research papers and case studies   


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 1st - 7th June

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 1st - 7th June


Earthquake jolts southeast Albania, 4 injured

Albanian authorities pledge full support for quake-hit areas


Evacuations continue Saturday in Pikangikum First Nation as forest fire rages

11,000 people have been forced to evacuate as firefighters battle wildfires in Canada

Sunsets this weekend in the Upper Midwest will be stunning. There's a dramatic reason


Heat wave brings high temperatures to hit North China and the Yellow-Huai river basin


Heavy Rain and Hailstorm hit Bulgaria's Plovdiv


Tornado leaves trail of destruction in German town


Heatwave takes heavy toll across India

India battles heatwave conditions, temperatures near 51 degrees C in Rajasthan's Churu

Deficient Pre-Monsoon rain puts almost half of India on Drought Alert


Bali volcano spews ash in new eruption

Choked by Jakarta smog, residents join forces to sue govt for better air quality


Mount Etna erupts, sending ash and lava into night sky

Snow in southern Italy in June? No, it's just a monster hail storm


Mudslide warning issued in Hiroshima


World environment Day: Beirut's haze a sign that the city is losing its battle with smog


UN agency says Libya floods kill 4, displace more than 2,500


Over 1,000 people affected as floods cause damage in Sarawak


Homes, vehicles damages after Jalisco river overflows its banks


Flooding prompts emergency rescues and evacuations

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka monsoon seen displacing thousands, flooding roads


Six dead, dozens missing in Uganda landslides: Red Cross

United States of America

Rapidly growing wildfire forces evacuations, burns thousands of acres in Washington state

At least 1 dead as parts of Gulf Coast inundated with a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours


Other items of interest:

Responding to rising seas: OECD country approaches to tackling coastal risks

European State of Climate 2018- summary

Physical climate risk - Investor needs and information gaps

The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem services Global Assessment Report

European countries adaption reporting

Japan's deadly heatwave would have been impossible without climate change

Hurricane season is here. Brace yourself for up to 4 major storms in the Atlantic

Japan to review flood plans as panel warns of more torrential rain from global warming

UN-Habitat, WorldGBC and Chatham House join forces to develop a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction for the Arab Region

Making ‘Inclusiveness' truly Inclusive

HKUST to lead Hong Kong's largest research project on extreme weather prediction

Bangladesh: How forecast-based financing helped communities prepare for Cyclone Fani  

In remembrance of 2015 Sabah earthquake: learning from the past for better future

Drought in Somalia forces thousands to flee in search of water, food

SIDS Address Climate Change, Education, Health in 2019 VNRs

Asia-Pacific Governments adopt regional actions to fulfil promise of leaving no one behind


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 25th - 31st May 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 25th - 31st May 2019


More Flash Floods Leave 24 Dead in Afghanistan, Houses Destroyed

Heavy Flooding in Afghanistan Kills 24 People in 2 Days


Estimated 10,000 People Evacuated Due to Multiple Fires In Alberta

Air Quality Registers at 10+ as Wildfire Haze Reaches Canadian Cities


Floods in Guangxi Leave Thousands Displaced

Over 9,00 People Evacuated After Flooding in China


Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Tripura

Over 700 People Homeless After Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms Hit Tripura


Over 2,000 Hit by Heatstroke Nationwide

Nearly 600 Taken to Hospitals as Heatwave Hits Japan


Floods in Paraguay Displace 70,000 Households

Thousands of Families Displaced in Paraguay Flooding


Two Dead, More Than 10 Injured in Peru Quake

Fourteen Districts Declare a State of Emergency After Peruvian Earthquake

Saudi Arabia

Dozens Rescued, 1 Missing After Flash Floods in South West of Saudi Arabia


Death and Displacement as Flash Floods Hit Kampala

Eight Dead, Hundreds Displaced as Flash Floods Hit Kampala

United States

Oklahoma Tornado: Two Killed and Several Injured in El Reno

Dozens Injured and Several Missing After Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma


At Least Three Killed as Heavy Rains Hit Northern Vietnam

Heavy Rain in Vietnam Causes Floods and Triggers Landslides


Other items of interest:

ISC Policy Brief - Disaster Loss Data in Monitoring the Implementation of The Sendai Framework

ISC Policy Brief - Achieving Risk Reduction Across Sendai, Paris and the SDGs

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open!

Managing disaster risks and water under climate change in Central Asia and Caucasus

Local voices for resilience: Lessons learnt from more than 14,000 conversations around the world

Updated International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems approved by World Health Assembly - now includes exposure to disasters

New citizen science initiative to measure outdoor air quality at schools across Europe

BMJ - Why Mozambique's cyclones tell us disaster preparedness needs health at its core

Indonesia and UNDRR agree to work closely on disaster prevention following 2018 disaster death toll

In Tanzania, citizen scientists help reduce flood risk with soil sampling


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18 to 24th May 2019


Wildfires force nearly 5,000 out of their homes as firefighters continue to battle growing blazes


Four killed as strong winds batter Beijing

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Update - 1739 reported case, including 102 healthcare workers


Landslide leaves 2000 stranded near Manali

Two girls die, another injured after mudslide hits Hardishiva village of Sopore in north Kashmir


Fires rage across Israel amid heat wave; homes evacuated, roads closed


Flooding in Mali kills at least 15


62,119 families across the country have been affected by flooding - more than 19,000 evacuated.

Widespread flooding in Paraguay causes damage, deaths


Floods kills five, leaves 2500 homeless.


Major landslide destroys 53 buildings in Northern Turkey

United States of America

48 million under threat of severe weather as hail, rain and tornadoes move east

Oklahoma tornadoes: Warnings issued as thousands without power in Tulsa and severe weather moves toward Arkansas

At least 4 killed as severe storms batter central U.S.

Other items of interest:

Climate change, wildfires, and how public health leaders can rise to the challenge

Progress Toward Polio Eradication - Worldwide, January 2017-March 2019

Ebola in Congo questions Nigeria's readiness on outbreaks

Building bottom-up health emergency and disaster management (Health-EDRM) programs in disaster prone and resource deficit context

Asia and the Pacific gears up for the Global Platform and beyond

ASEAN's response to disaster

Mozambique signs an MoU with African Risk Capacity to address recurrent episodes of drought, floods, and tropical cyclones

Capacity Development; Early Warning; Information Management; Risk Identification & Assessment; Vulnerable Populations

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 11th - 17th May 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 11th - 17th May 2019


Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia

Balkan floods expected to worsen as rains continue in Bosnia, Croatia

Torrential rain and floods hit Bosnia; Balkan neighbours on alert

Democratic Republic of Congo

'Terrifying' Ebola epidemic out of control in DRC, more than 1,600 cases confirmed in 9 months

WHO Ebola virus outbreak update: 100 confirmed cases reported this week


With Dry Reservoirs and Record Low Groundwater Levels, Karnataka Stares at Drinking Water Crisis

Maharashtra-Karnataka to share water to overcome shortage


Floods and mudslides in north-east Italy amid heavy rain


Mexico City Residents Told to Stay Indoors as Pollution Worsens

Smog-ridden Mexico City suspends school classes due to pollution

Environmental emergency declared in Mexico's smog-choked capital


Nigeria still at moderate risk of Ebola outbreak


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes Panama area near Costa Rica: 5 injured

At least five people have been injured after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit southwest Panama

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tsunami alert issued after powerful 7.5 quake near Kokopo


Floods in Paraguay: some 40.000 people displaced

Widespread flooding in Paraguay causes damage, deaths


Major landslide destroys 53 buildings, mosque in northern Turkey's Ordu

United Kingdom

Fire on Kilvey Hill, Swansea: Fire and Rescue Service called to three separate locations

United States of America

New Orleans slammed with heavy rains, flooding streets

At least 5 dead after 3-day severe weather outbreak slams southern, eastern US

2019 Mississippi River Flood the Longest-Lasting Since the Great Flood of 1927


WHO EMRO Yemen outbreak update - 18,171 suspected cases of Cholera, with 13 associated deaths

Other items of interest

Science and Policy Forum underscores need for collaboration across science, policy makers and society for success in disaster risk reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 Annual Report

Churchill Fellowships for the Emergency Response sector: apply now

Policy brief: Achieving risk reduction across Sendai, Paris and the SDGs

Policy brief: Disaster loss data in monitoring the implementation of the Sendai Framework

Emergency risk communication package pioneered by WHO/Europe rolls out globally

Developing national disaster risk reduction strategies

Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies

Disaster displacement: How to reduce risk, address impacts and strengthen resilience

UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR)

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) Official Statements

Chapter 2: Systemic risks, the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda

Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF)

National Geographic: The Pacific's Fiery Ring


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 3rd to 10th May 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 3rd to 10th May 2019


Cyclone Fani: Thousands of Bangladesh homes destroyed

Tropical Cyclone Fani: Reports from Bangladesh suggest 14 dead and 50 injured


Thousands evacuated after rivers flood in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario


Cyclone Kenneth hits Comoros - more than 19,300 people displaced


After Cyclone Fani, Andhra experiences severe heat wave conditions

Drought crisis in Maharashtra and Karnataka

Drought worsens in Maharashtra - over 4,000 villages reliant on water tankers


Mount Sinabung eruption triggers red alert

Indonesian volcano spews ash 2,000m into the air   

Cyclone Lili causes floods, strong winds in Maluku


At least 5 killed, 61 injured as severe dust storm sweeps through Iraq

Five killed as giant dust storm sweeps through southern Iraq


Strong storm hits Yucatan, heavy rain, hail and power outages reported


Update on Tropical Cyclone Kenneth


More than 500,000 at risk in drought-hit Namibia

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea earthquake: 7.2 magnitude quake hits country


Emergency declared after floods worsen in South

South Sudan

Wildfire claims over 30 lives as it engulfs South Sudan villages

Bush fire guts 4 villages in South Sudan

Measles outbreaks continue in South Sudan

United States

Flash flooding, locally severe weather puts about 40 million in US on alert

Thunderstorms, strong winds rip through Tampa Bay area as thousands lose power

Flash floods prompt emergency rescues and evacuations in Texas and Kansas


Other items of interest:

IPBES Global Assessment finds nature's dangerous decline 'unprecedented'; species extinction rates 'accelerating'

Here are 30 innovations for disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction strategies: navigating conflict contexts

Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe

BBC Sounds: Rebuilding an economy after two cyclones

Road traffic accidents responsible for 1.35 million deaths annually

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 29th April - 3rd May

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 29th April - 3rd May



Bolivia landslide sweeps houses away - over 300 people displaced


Quebec Flooding Update - 2,500 evacuated


Early warning signs of drought


Cyclone Fani intensifies into 'extremely severe cyclonic storm'

Cyclone Fani: 800,000 evacuated in India as severe storm advances


Torrential rain triggers flooding, evacuations in Indonesia's capital

Floods and landslides in Indonesia leave nearly 40 dead, thousands displaced


Storm Hannah: Power restored to 31,000 homes after strong winds


Mozambique, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth Update

Thousands flee as second cyclone hits Mozambique

Mozambique hit by flooding in aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth       

New Zealand

Power outages and surface flooding hits Christchurch

South Africa

70 people killed in South Africa floods

Death toll in South Africa floods and mudslides rises

United Kingdom

Risk of disruption and power loss as Storm Hannah hits UK

Other items of interest:

The sixth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, 2019, convened and organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland.

UNDRR: Who we are - UNISDR changes name to UNDRR on May 1 2019

Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter - May 2019

Integrating disaster and climate risk into the SDGs

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters - Disasters 2018: Year in review

UN publishes Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

Philippines to join ASEAN disaster risk insurance facility

Ensuring impact: The role of civil society organisations in strengthening World Bank disaster risk financing

Asian Development Bank and Ireland establish fund to boost disaster resilience in Pacific

WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine 7-10 May 2019 • Brisbane, Australia

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 26th April 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 26th April 2019


Fire west of Jervis Bay rips through 223ha of national park


China's top steelmaking city Tangshan issues 2nd-level smog alert from April 20

Forest Fire hits SW China


Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 28


Forest fire north of Berlin brought under control


Landslide in J&K's Doda District leave 5 dead, 9 Injured

Thunderstorms across Indian states kills at least 60 - radio


Monday flights on schedule as Bali volcano erupts


Flood defences pass first tough test


Cholera hits Kenyan capital on shortage of clean water: report


Rescuers battle to find dozens killed in Myanmar mudslide

Deadly Myanmar landslide at Jade Mine may have killed more than 50


Europe wildfires: Norway police evacuate hundreds in Sokndal


Huge fire engulfs downtown Lima


Strong earthquake strikes Philippines, Killing 11 people

Philippines 6.1 magnitude earthquake leaves 16 dead


At least 25 hurt in Russia as wildfires tear through villages in Siberia

South Africa

South Africa floods: Death toll after Durban rains rises to 60

Hailstorm leaves Joburg South homeowners with thousands worth of damages


Taiwan Earthquake: Major 6.1 magnitude quake triggers landslide and shaking buildings in Taipei

6.7 magnitude quakes hits Taiwan, injuring at least 17 people


Phuket has enough water, not a drought crisis: Governor

Forest fires continue to plague Mae Hong Son


Hailstorm ravages Soroti villages, hundreds homeless

United Kingdom

Major wildfire in Moray 'will take days' to put out

Fire crew battle through the night as major wildfire threatens Moray wind farm

Wildfires take hold on mountainsides and in forestry

United States of America

At least 7 tornadoes touched down in central North Carolina during Friday's sever weather outbreak

At least 5 dead after 3-day sever weather outbreak slams southern, eastern US


Other reports

The Roadmap to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record

UN Workshop on disaster loss and damage assessment will be held in Tehran

NASA catches formation of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth near Aldabra

Italy: Students fined €27million over barbecue that caused forest fire

In Photos: Tracking Gujarat's Worst Drought in over thirty years

Lessons from Hurricane Maria: Doctors offer tips to better prepare clinics for catastrophe

Pursuing Coherence between the Sendai Framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement

Southern Africa countries can't manage disasters unless they work together 

Hurricane aftermath leaves Florida with years of major wildfire threat

Wildfires prompt new B.C. [British Columbia] protocols around flooding and mudslides

China provides technical support to Pakistan in building infrastructure, mitigating natural disasters

Are hailstorms getting worse in US? Why 2019 could produce record damage

Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria, data shows

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12-18th April 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12-18th April 2019



Mudslide at Chuadanga brick field kills two


Brazil - 10 Dead After Torrential Rain in Rio De Janeiro

Two dead after apartment buildings collapse in rain-soaked Brazil


Ethiopia's 'Roof of Africa' forest burns


Iran expands flood warnings to five northeast, southern areas


Thunderstorm across Indian states kills at least 60: radio

Rains, thunderstorm leave nearly 50 dead in 4 statesx


21 bodies found after mudslide at gold mine


Nepal records first-ever tornado touchdown

Nepali scientists record country's first tornado


Five reported dead with dozens injured after strong winds batter city of Karachi

Nine dead as rain continues to lash different areas of Balochistan

28 killed as flash floods, thunderstorms lash Pakistan


Hazardous smog in Northern Thailand

United Kingdom

Firefighters spend second night at Ayrshire blaze

United States of America

Mississippi Governor declares state of emergency after deadly tornadoes death toll reaches 9

2nd multi-day severe weather, tornado outbreak in a week looms for US


Other items of interest:

Cyclone Idai is over - but its health effects will be felt for a long time

AccuWeather's 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast

Lao PDR: Managing climate change with early warnings

British Virgin Islands: Government invests in territory-wide early warning systems

Nicaragua prepares for high intensity earthquake

IAEA holds exercise to test international capabilities for assistance in the event of nuclear or radiological emergencies

Resilience to changing climate means working across borders

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

Four features of the World Bank's Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility's Structuring, Pricing and Trading Pandemic Risk

IFRC at centenary climate and health conference in Cannes: a call for 'inspiration, resolve, leadership'

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 6th - 12th April 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 6th - 12th April 2019



Waterbombing aircraft sent to tackle bushfire at Dolphin Sands on Tasmania's East Coast


Brazil floods: Deadly torrential rains hits Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro floods: death toll climbs to 10

Storm in Rio Kills at Least 10 and Mayor Admits Fault


Forest Fire in South West China starts again

Democratic Republic of Congo

Emergency panel meets as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

Red Cross says Ebola spreading faster in DRC, many not seeking care


Ethiopia - Measles Outbreak: Almost 4000 Cases


Accra: 5 confirmed dead after flooding


Torrential Rains Cause Floods, Damages in Crete


Several workers die in India landslide


WHO airlifts medical supplies for flood response in Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran floods: fresh evacuations with more rain forecast

Six more towns evacuated in Iran with more floods expected


Flood fears as water levels peak at Iraq reservoirs and dams: Hundreds displaced


Massive landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway


Fast rollout of cholera vaccines for people in need in Mozambique

Mozambique's Beira city 'returning to life', elsewhere UN teams assess damage, deliver assistance

World Bank says Cyclone Idai cost Mozambique up to $773 million


NCDC confirms 16 new cases of Lassa Fever in 5 states


6 killed, over 50 injured as heavy rains lashes North West Pakistan

South Korea

South Korea: At least one confirmed dead as nearly 4,200 people evacuated, and 400 homes gutted by blaze


Haze causes thousands to fall ill in North Thailand

United States of America

Winter Storm Wesley Brings Treacherous Road Conditions to Plains, Midwest

Other Items of Interest

Premeeting for the Global Platform Science Policy Forum and for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 13-14 May 2019

WHO Europe Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution

UN emergency funding to bolster Ebola response preparedness in Uganda

AFTER THE EARTH'S VIOLENT SWAY: The tangible and intangible legacies of a natural disaster

Cyclone Idai shows the urgent need to prepare better for extreme weather

US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change

Climate Change: National Adaption Plans Technical Guidelines Launched 

Anak Krakatau: Collapsed volcano's tsunami simulated

Pakistan: National Disaster Response Plan 2019

A heatwave in Australia killed 23,000 spectacled flying foxes

First Arab DRR Science Conference planned

Pacific Humanitarian Team Report - 2018 Report

Recovery and Resilience in Lao PDR

UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ecuador

The BBC programme "Climate Change - The Facts" will air on BBC1 at 9pm on Thursday 18th April

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin

Global Hazards Bulletin - 30th of March to 5th of April 2019



11 dead, hundreds homeless after heavy rain, flood hit N. Afghanistan

Over 10,000 families roaming about due to flooding


Rainstorm, lightning kill 10 in Bangladesh


Southwestern China forest fire contained after killing over 2 dozen Firefighters


80-year-old woman is first heat wave fatality in Maharastra


Two injured, two other missing after mudslide in Freeport's Grasberg mine


Iran: mass evacuations planned as floods spread to oil-rich province


2 Jordanian men crushed to death in Eilat by tree uprooted by wind


Cyclone Idai: life after the devastation as cholera emergency now threatens


Nepal Storm: At least 30 killed as winds flatten homes

New Zealand

Rubbish clean-up continues on the West Coast as torrential weather clears


Emergency declared after flooding in Paraguay's capital due to heavy rain

South Korea

Firefighters start to contain South Korean wildfires; thousands evacuated


Intense Flooding Affects over 6,500 families in Syria


Thai Junta Chief demands action to cut smog

Flash floods hit Pattaya after hours of heavy rains

United States of America

Hurricane Michael debris fuels 500-acre wildfire in Florida Panhandle


Other Items of Interest

UNISDR Stakeholder events in preparatory days before Global Platform

Aiming High: Rwanda's Journey to train all of its medical doctors on how to determine cause of death

What Cape Town's drought can teach other cities about climate adaption

Disaster Risk Reduction workshop begins in Accra

Most northern China cities fail to meet winter smog targets - data

While the rich braces for future climate change, the poor world is already being devastated by it

Ground breaking of Japan's Grant Aid for the "Nationwide Early Warning System (NEWS) Project" value at 56 million pa'anga

Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo Disease outbreak Report update

Rockefeller Foundation moves beyond cities in broader resilience push

Global Report on Food Crises 2019

$10million for vulnerable Bangladeshi small islands

Rural Roads, Poverty and Resilience: Evidence from Ethiopia

Who are the most climate-vulnerable? Challenging Assumptions

Scoping and design for taking forecast-based early action to scale: three case studies

Judge orders PG&E to stop paying dividends and spend money to reduce wildfire risk

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd-29th March 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd-29th March 2019


Cyclone Trevor hits Australia's northern coast, bringing torrential rains

Cyclone Veronica causes heavy rainfall and floods in Western Australia


At least 47 killed in blast at Chinese chemical plant


Search and rescue ongoing in Papua province as floods death toll hits 112


23 dead as Iran battles heavy rain and floods

Flooding In Tehran As Death Toll Climbs And More Severe Rain Expected In Iran 


Torrential rains and floods lead to one death and damage in infrastructure in several regions


Landslide triggered by heavy rain kills six family members in Harnai

Four killed in KP, Fata rain-related incidents


500 hectares of land destroyed by wildfire in west Panama


51 killed due to floods in Amazon region


Heavy smog persists in North Thailand  


1,300 evacuated from cruise ship off Norwegian coast after mayday call in heavy winds

Southern Africa Cyclone Idai

More than 700 dead, hundreds of thousands displaced across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Why Cyclone Idai was so destructive


Strong winds cause blackouts in over 90 towns and villages in Ukraine


Other items of interest:

30 innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2018 annual report

Challenges for achieving clean air - lessons from ten cities across Europe

Jamaica strategizes a new agro-environmental approach to disaster resilience

Commonwealth conference will accelerate efforts to help small states better respond to disasters

California governor declares state of emergency to strengthen forest fire prevention

Child poverty, disasters and climate change: investigating relationships and implications over the life course of children

Strategies to Improve Urban Hydrology

Vietnam adopts pre-emptive measures in the Mekong River Delta against El Nino

EU Copernicus programme provides full, free and open data that can Aid in tackling El Nino in the country   

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th-22nd March 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th-22nd March 2019



1,600 residents evacuated in Australia before Tropical Cyclone Trevor

Torrential rain leads to flash floods in Sydney


Landslide in northern China collapses homes, killing 7 people


Flood causes more than 100 deaths in Indonesia and more than 10,000 displaced in eastern Papua province

Death toll from Indonesia floods, mudslides rises to 89

Lombok Earthquake leads to 6 deaths and 13 people injured in Bayan sub district


Iraq ferry sinking: Dozens feared dead near Mosul

New Zealand

Fifty people have been killed and another 50 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Southern Africa Cyclone Idai


Malawi flooding death toll rises to 56 due to Cyclone Idai

Almost half a million women and girls affected by floods in Malawi


Mozambique deaths by Tropical cyclone Idai pass 200, approximately 15,000 displaced

Cyclone Idai: Flying over flooded Mozambique


Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead

At least 100 missing in Zimbabwe after cyclone


United Kingdom

Wales suffers floods and power cuts as wind and rain hits 

Rail services and roads hit by flooding in northern England

United States of America

Three dead, one missing in devastating floods across U.S. Midwest


Other items of interest:

Cyclone Idai: Website launched to help families find missing relatives

Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries  

UNICEF report: Water under Fire - For every child, water and sanitation in complex emergencies

WHO sending urgent health assistance after Cyclone Idai displaces thousands of people in Southern Africa  

Drought subjects Central America to pests, loss of crops and lack of drinking water  

Appeal for attention to drought risk

Mapping combined wildfire and heat stress hazards to improve evidence-based decision making

An assessment of vulnerability to climate change in Auckland

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) | Humanitarian Shocks 2018-2019

The International Emergency Management Society Newsletter

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th-15th March 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th-15th March 2019



Victorian bushfires have destroyed 32 homes over two weeks and continue to burn


12 dead and 6 injured due to floods and landslides in Sao Paulo


Torrential rain and flooding lead to 2 dead, 6 missing, and more than 22,000 families affected across Bandung, West Java


Hundreds of families living near Arabuko Sokoke Forest are evacuated due to forest fire   


45 dead, 577 injured and more than 700,000 affected due to heavy rains and floods


Central Veracruz forest fire triggers evacuation of 100 families


Floods kill 66 and affects 141 000 people in central and northern Mozambique

Papua New Guinea

Heavy rain and floods cause damage to properties and houses in East New Britain province

South Africa

Flash flood kills at least 3 people and damages houses in KwaZulu-Natal Province


Over 90 families left homeless as hailstorm hits Same district


At least 50 houses destroyed by heavy rains and hailstorm in Kaliro district

United States of America

Mudslide in Sausalito destroys two homes, 50 residences evacuated


Other items of interest:

Australia's Queensland flood losses estimated at $1.2bn

Communicating disaster risk? An evaluation of the availability and quality of flood maps

 Special report: Preparing for the era of disasters

Social science in epidemics: Ebola virus disease lessons learned 

Lost production due to internal displacement - Cuba, 2008: Hurricane Ike  

Adaptation to future water shortages in the United States caused by population growth and climate change 

2018 was California's worst year of fire ever, federal report confirms

Five approaches to build functional early warning systems

USA: A faster, more accurate way to monitor drought

Climate change is fuelling wildfires around the world. Can Indigenous knowledge help us manage them?  

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd-8th March 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd-8th March 2019



25 people died and 40 have been injured due to flash floods in Kandahar province


Houses lost, residents evacuated as out-of-control fires rage across Victoria

Properties destroyed, more under threat as wildfires rip through southeast Australia


Over 4,000 indigenous from different ethnic groups lose their livelihood as forest fire hits Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta


State of Emergency Declared in Halkida, Greece After Flooding


2 labourers dead in landslide on Char Dham road  


Death toll from mine collapse reaches 27 in Sulawesi


More than 80,000 hectares of forest land has been destroyed by forest fire


Flash floods in Pakistan kill at least 45 people

Map of flood-affected areas in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan


Floods damage properties and isolates 12 villages in northern Peru

Solomon Islands

Local villages impacted by the leak of more than 80 tons of oil from grounded ship


Approximately 100 different forest fires cause power outages and road closures in northern Spain


Nearly a quarter of million people in Chiang Mai sought treatment due to intense smog

United States of America

23 killed by tornado in eastern Alabama

Avalanches close roads in Colorado and buries cars near Copper Mountain

Other items of interest:

Global disease outbreaks associated with the 2015-2016 El Nino event

The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law

An evidence-based urban DRR strategy for informal settlements

Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions 

From Science to Policy and Practice: A Critical Assessment of Knowledge Management before, during, and after Environmental Public Health Disasters

An orientation to using the online Sendai Framework Monitor

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction May 2019

Boosting Financial Protection Against Natural Disasters is Critical for Economies in Central Asia

> Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd February to 1st March 2019


Over 800 homes destroyed by heavy rain in Malanje, Angola


Severe windstorm damages more than 70 houses in Nishumdip island


150 houses damaged by thunderstorm in Sampov Loun district


Windstorm and snow cause road damages and pile-ups in Ottawa and eastern Ontario


15,000 affected after rivers overflow in Choco Department


Tianjin launches second-highest smog alert


Wildfire destroys approximately 2,000 hectares of forest in Corsica.


At least 6 dead due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in Kolkata

Fire destroys more than 200 acres of Bandipur forest


Six dead, dozens still trapped in Indonesia mine collapse


Strong winds causes 3 deaths due to fallen trees and walls in Frosinone and Guidonia


Flash floods caused by torrential rain cause building collapse and blocked roads


At least 50 killed by floods and landslides during the current rainy season.

United States of America

Flood threat prompts  evacuations of approximately 4,000 in Northern California

High Winds Leave Thousands Without Power Along East Coast

Mudslide closes portion of interstate highway in Nashville for at least a week  


Other items of interest:

Britain's Winter Heat Wave Means Wildfires and Chronic Pollution

Strong winds cause 'ice tsunami' on Lake Erie, USA - video

FireCheck Project uses technology in disaster mitigation and response

Urban Profiling For Better Responses To Humanitarian Crises

 Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data: Five-Year Strategy 2019-2023 

Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health

An evaluation and monetary assessment of the impact of flooding on subjective well-being across genders in Vietnam

Building resilience in the face of crisis: a focus on people and systems

Disaster risk reduction in Iraq

Engaging the private sector in financing adaptation to climate change: Learning from practice

Measuring the state of global open data for disasters and climate change adaptation

 A Blueprint for Disaster Management RD&D Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals      

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th to 22nd February 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th to 22nd February 2019



Houses destroyed during bushfire emergency in WA's south West


Hailstorm damages crops and houses in Rangamati


14 killed, 964 homes and 940 hectares of agricultural land affected during heavy rain and floods in various provinces


4 missing on Crete island after torrential rain flooding


800 houses in Lunglei damaged in hailstorm


4 killed, 5 wounded as landslide strikes western Indonesia


Dozens Killed in Mudslide at Alleged Illegal Mine in Liberia


At least 26 dead as flooding, torrential rain strikes Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Flash flooding results in two deaths, flooded houses and dozens of displaced families in East New Britain


Heavy rains leave 12 dead, 43 injured, 3,708 affected in Arequipa


5 killed in Benguet forest fire

Forest fire kills at least 5 in Itogon, Benguet 

United States of America

Heavy rains cause power outage, road closures and mudslides in Dade County

1 dead, another injured in Tennessee mudslide

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia

Thousand of houses have been damaged, hundreds evacuated and crops destroyed in Pacific Islands


Other items of interest:

UK housing: fit for the future?

EUR/RC68/14 Action plan to improve public health preparedness and response in the WHO European Region

Lessons learned from the one home that survived Hurricane Michael

Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet 

Ghana Hosts African Risk Capacity Joint Board Meeting, Signs Programme of Work to Improve Responses to Extreme Weather Events and Natural Disasters

Scotland breaks February temperature record in unusual winter Europe heatwave


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 15th February 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 15th February 2019



Six homes destroyed as bushfires rage in northern New South Wales

Up to 500,000 drought-stressed cattle killed in Queensland floods


Calgary once again under extreme cold advisory


Chile - Evacuations After Rivers Overflow in Arica


Coastal Flooding Forecast Strengthened in Indonesia


142 people evacuated due to tropical cyclone GELENA, 90% of the island under power outage

Gelena weakening over open water

New Zealand

3,000 evacuated from New Zealand fire can return home, 400 still displaced


Ongoing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has resulted in 275 confirmed cases and 57 deaths


121 Homes affected in San Pedro after a windstorm (Spanish)


8,000 people have been affected and 1,800 made homeless across five regions in southern Peru

Flooding and landslides kill at least eight in Peru and Chile

United States of America

House Slides Down Saturated Sausalito Hillside; Woman Injured, 50 Homes Evacuated

Wind storms leaves 2,000 without power and damaged buildings in San Luis Obispo County, California

Storms in central Alabama communities causes power outage, damages houses and cars 

Heavy storm, wind and snow leaves 27,000 without electricity and one dead in Hawaii.


Other items of interest:

2018's Billion Dollar Disasters in Context   

January winter storms and extreme cold have cost the US a billion

Setting targets for HIV/AIDS-What lessons can be learned from other disease control programmes?

Interoperability: A practitioner's guide to joining up data in the development sector  

Trans-Border Flood Early Warning System in South Asia

State of California Tackles Drought with IoT & Blockchain

WHO supports five countries to fight lassa fever outbreaks

Modelling epidemics: the maths behind disease outbreaks


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd to 8th February 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd to 8th February 2019


Flooding in Queensland after rainfall and dam release: two dead, thousands of homes flooded

Crocodiles seen in flood waters in city in Queensland

Risk of mosquito-borne disease after floods difficult to predict

Houses are destroyed in Tasmanian bushfires

Tasmania's fire disaster revealed in satellite images showing the extent of the damage


At least 14 people killed in Bolivia landslides

People swept away by mudslide as mountainside collapses in Bolivia


Floods and mudslides around Rio de Janeiro kill six


Strong winds leaving more than 6,000 Lower Mainland residents without power

Calgary and communities across Alberta under extreme cold warning


Approximately 600 evacuated due to Karangetang volcano eruption


Heavy snowfall causes avalanche in Italian Alps, eight dead

New Zealand

700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens

United States of America

Storm leads to evacuations in California

Storm brings hail and causes road accidents and power outages in the Bay Area

Extreme cold in U.S. causes more than 2 dozen deaths, hundreds injured 

Other items of interest:

Uganda Ebola surveillance system proves effective in detecting and following suspected cases   

Measles in Europe: record number of both sick and immunized

Tufts University: Heart disease spiked in months after Hurricane Katrina

Social vulnerability to air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures in Europe

Spring-fed rivers in the Himalayas drying up

WMO: Past 4 years warmest on record

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to implement weather centre for heat, typhoons

The contribution of assets to adaptation to extreme temperatures among older adults

Drought Initiative to help make communities resilient to droughts

New toolkit for building local urban resilience to climate change

Building resilience into energy systems

Adolescents take the lead in disaster risk reduction at schools in Pakistan

Building cultures of preparedness: Report for the emergency management higher education community

Can resilience go digital? Helping farmers and decision makers better manage the impact of extreme events

How Big Data can help in disaster response

New Zealand on right track with new earthquake-resistant building technologies

Sierra Leone hazard review and risk assessment

Organizations log voluntary commitments in support of the Sendai Framework in new online platform

Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the USA 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damages during 2018

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 26th January to 1st February 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 26th January to 1st February 2019


Landslide from heavy rain threatens properties in Queensland, disaster declared


Dam collapse in Brumadinho region kills 60, 300 still missing

Almost a week later, 99 deaths confirmed and 259 still missing in Brazil dam disaster


Coastal steelmaking city issues orange smog alert


Tornado passes through Havana and kills 4, injures 195


Heavy snow and strong winds affect Western and Northern France, two dead

Severe winter weather affects France, seven injured and roads closed  


Recent floods and landslide on Sulawesi displaced 7 000 people, 68 dead

Heavy rains in Bali cause landslide: 4 dead and 12 injured


Mudslide in southern Peru kills 15 and injures 34

United Kingdom

Hundreds of homes in Wales lose power after strong winds

UK weather: Coldest night of winter so far as Scotland reaches -13C

Ice and snow closes hundreds of schools, disrupts flights in England and Wales

United States of America

Extreme cold from polar vortex in Midwest and East causes 8 deaths

Heavy rain and wind cause significant damage across Massachusetts


Zimbabwe's Second-Biggest City Rations Water Because of Drought  

Other items of interest:

Progress in Disaster Science: New journal integrating research and policy in disaster research

Researchers develop visual guide to identify invasive tick

Launch of online learning course for Sendai Framework Monitor

Extreme weather and geopolitics are main drivers of increasing food shocks 

Extreme weather already breaking records around the world in 2019

When the river runs dry: the Australian towns facing heatwave and drought

US freezes, Australia burns: The age of weather extremes

Coal and gas plants failed during Australian heatwave

Cambodia prepares for future droughts

Lessons from California's 2012-2016 drought

Drought needs assessment in Pakistan

Half a degree and rapid socioeconomic development matter for heatwave risk

Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world

Tulane study says seas may be rising faster than thought

Air pollution in Mongolia

Climate change, air pollution and noncommunicable diseases

Leveraging OpenStreetMap to improve disaster risk management in the Seychelles

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19-25th January 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 25th January 2019



20 000 hectare bushfire in Tasmania triggers emergency alerts in different communities

'Extreme' heatwave breaks records across Australia


Earthquake in Coquimbo region: 2 deaths and 200,000 without electricity


Snow avalanche causes 2 deaths in Ramban District


Floods and landslides in South Sulawesi province results in at least 59 deaths and dozens of people missing

Landslides, flooding from dam kill 8 and displace more than 2,000 in central Indonesia

Flash floods cause 6 deaths in Makassar, 10 people reported missing


Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall

Tropical cyclone Desmond leaves 120 000 people displaced across four provinces


Hazardous air pollution in Bangkok

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Macedonia takes emergency measures during dangerous levels of air pollution

United States of America

Tornado causes significant damage in Alabama

Severe winter weather in Midwest states, at least 5 dead


685 people evacuated as volcano erupts in the island of Ambrym

Other items of interest:

Weathering the storm: Developing a Canadian standard for flood-resilient existing communities

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2019

UK: Building resilience to the effects of climate change

UK National Infrastructure Assessment

CRED 2018 review of disaster events supplementary information

INFORM Report 2019: Shared evidence for managing crises and disasters

UCLA researchers using data-driven approaches to make earthquakes less damaging

Spending on natural disasters in the US: Data limitations, implications for policy making, and strategies for improvement

Rwanda conducts full-scale Ebola simulation exercise

New Year ushers in high-impact weather

Major snowstorms expected to continue with climate change

Advanced modelling techniques could improve how cities deal with floods

Climate change tipping point may be sooner than expected

Resilience in action: Climate and ecosystem-inclusive disaster risk reduction   

Dozens of wild horses die of thirst in Australia's heat wave


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [12th - 18th January 2019]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12th - 18th January 2019


Extreme heatwave: all-time temperature records fall across parts of Australia


Avalanche: Weather related death toll rises to 26 this month

Snow chaos hits southern Germany and Austria


'Extreme' winter weather hits Canada


Torrential rain and strong winds wreaked havoc across Cyprus

Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Ebola update, January 17

WHO expert: Ebola outbreak to continue at least 6 more months


Flash floods that resulting in casualties and damage - Lebanon

Middle East

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Egypt- Ministry of Environment warns of low air quality due to bad weather conditions


Peru - Dozens of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Junín Region


Disentis grinds to a halt: More than 2,000 people in Swiss village stranded after heavy snowfall


Smog continues to smother Thai capital           

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

United States of America

California storms: At least five people killed after heavy rain and snow cause devastation 

USA - Severe Weather update

Other items of interest:

WHO Ten threats to global health in 2019

GFDRR Annual Report 2018 - Bringing Resilience to Scale

Annual climate statement 2018

Ethics and Floods: A Systematic Review

Health-emergency disaster risk management and research ethics

Summary of UR2020 Planning Meetings

Sendai Framework Monitor data now publicly available

Cabinet Office Japan White Paper on Disaster Management in Japan 2017 Special Feature "Revising Disaster Management Policies in Light of the Kumamoto Earthquake

China's looming water crisis

Drought risk assessment and management: a conceptual framework

Strengthening links between social protection and disaster risk management for adaptive social protection in Nepal

Key sustainability actions in NHS Long Term Plan

Government Clean Air Strategy sets key targets for air quality improvement

Government commits to consider sustainability at every stage of resource lifecycle

HPS publishes Recommendations for Clean-Up Following Palytoxin Incidents

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 5th to the 11th of January 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 5th to the 11th of January 2019


Smoke plume from Tasmania bushfire turns sky red over Hobart, 600 people evacuated

Austria, Norway and Switzerland

Alps avalanche latest: At least 12 killed as heavy snow and high winds pummel Europe


Chile issues 2019 wildfire warning amid heat forecasts


Tropical cyclone Mona - 2,000 people taking shelter

Tropical Cyclone Mona Intensifies To A Category 2 Cyclone


Haiti - Food Insecurity Situation(map)


India - Drought Situation Map

Solomon Islands

Tropical cyclone Penny, 827 people affected and 174 households destroyed

Pacific Islands - Thousands Affected by Floods After Heavy Rain and Storm Surge


Tropical Storm Pabuk buffets Thailand's east coast, 1 dead and 6,100 people evacuated.

Thailand Pabuk: Tourist islands hit by worst storm in decades

Tropical cyclone PABUK update, four people killed, 700,000 evacuated.

United States of America

Reports: More than 300,000 left without power after strong winds blast Washington

New threats of heavy rain, floods and snow in California and Pacific Northwest

Other items of interest

Beijing, Hebei cut smog emissions 12% in 2018

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2018

UK climate projections

The Hindu Kush Himalaya assessment: Mountains, climate change, sustainability and people International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), 2019

Thailand limits death toll from Pabuk

Australia's 2018 in weather: Drought, heat and fire

Drought risk assessment and management: a conceptual framework

A 1.5oC warmer world: a guide for policy-makers and practitioners Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED), 2018   

Satellite remote sensing for disaster management support: A holistic and staged approach based on case studies in Sentinel Asia Elsevier, 2018

4th World Congress on Disaster Management (29Jan - 1 Feb)

Taking Sendai forward: IOM progress report on disaster risk reduction and resilience 2018 International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2018

The potential of strategic environmental assessment to reduce disaster risks through climate change adaptation in the coastal zone of Bangladesh Emerald Group Publishing Limited (Emerald), 2018


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 21st December 2018 to 4th January 2019


Water shortages worsen in Afghanistan as drought persists


Extreme heatwave in Australia: catastrophic fire conditions as temperature records broken

Heatwave - Heatwave Service for Australia

Firefighters have been injured while tackling a NSW bushfire

Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations hit by huge storm, torrential rain

Suncorp hit with 24,800 claims after Sydney hailstorm


Forest fire still raging in Bartsham, Trashigang


Anthropogenic drivers of 2013-2017 trends in summer surface ozone in China


At least 8 killed in Danish train accident during high winds


Delhi air pollution surges to emergency levels


Volcano three-quarters blown away by Indonesia tsunami eruption

Sunda Strait Tsunami and Gunung Anak Krakatau volcanic activity - Update  

Indonesia resumes rescue work as landslide death toll rises

Mount Agung erupts again


Earthquake and volcanic activity

Mount Etna erupts in Sicily amid dozens of tremors


Measles Outbreak - Update


Devastating storm Usman leaves 68 dead in the Philippines

Death toll in Philippines landslides, floods reaches 85

Sri Lanka

Over 60,000 People Affected by Sri Lanka Flash Floods; Govt on Alert as More Rains Expected

Flash Floods in Sri Lanka


Heavy rains, floods displace thousands of refugees in Syria

Syria - Floods


Thailand Pabuk: Tourist spots hit by worst storm in decades

Tropical Storm Pabuk - Update

United States of America

Severe storm system that has already killed 6 moves toward Eastern US

Several homes damaged as strong tornado touches down in Washington State


Heavy rain triggered flooding batters central region of Vietnam

Other items of interest

In photos: How climate change is affecting Spain

Film: Dealing with Disasters - The Silent Achievers in Public Health

Adaptation actions in the natural environment - what works?

Adaptive Process for SMART Community Governance under Persistent Disruptive Risks

Adopting nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction in Latin America

Building the Resilience of WSS Utilities to Climate Change and Other Threats: A Road Map

Counting The Cost: A Year of Climate Breakdown

Disasters and food security: The impact on health

Policy Brief NO.10 Addressing the Environment and Health Nexus is a Strategic Approach to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN

Zika: the continuing threat

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