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United Kingdom
Storm Frank brings widespread flooding across the UK, in pictures Failed flood defences cast doubt on UK readiness for new weather era
Wavy jet stream and wet end to 2015
UK floods: Homes evacuated amid heavy rain
UK floods: Extra soldiers sent to stricken areas

North Pole temperatures spike 'above freezing' as Storm Frank sends warm air north
Freak heatwave pushes temperatures at North Pole above freezing

Heatwave hits eastern USA with record Christmas temperatures
Multiple Dead After Severe Storms, Tornadoes Strike Texas

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
More than 100,000 flee El Niño flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay
Flooding 'worst in 50 years', as 150,000 flee in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay

South Australia braces for worst Christmas Day fire conditions in almost 30 years

China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities

Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 14th December to 18th December 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 14th December to 18th December 2015



Severe storm, hail and tornado hits Sydney


Hundreds stranded overnight on North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain as wind forces gondola shutdown


Hazardous smog hits Shanghai as China's bad air spreads


India's Top Court Orders Measures to Curb New Delhi's Worsening Smog


Indonesia's volcano in East Java continues eruption


Iran: Smog Envelops Tehran


Carrick-on-Shannon coping with second major flood in six years


Mt. Etna eruption ash cloud seen from space


Malawi: Storm Chaos Continues in Malawi, 1000 Homeless


Mexico: Colima volcano triple eruption spews ash and smoke into sky


1 dead, more than 730,000 evacuated as Typhoon Melor batters Philippines

Typhoon Melor: 'The strong winds are terrifying'

Serious flooding in Metro Manila amid heavy rains from Nona

Typhoon Nona paralyses central Philippines

Tropical Rainstorm to Follow Deadly Typhoon Melor Into Philippines

Young officer killed in mudslide

Philippines: Valenzuela Rep. pushes for the creation of school disaster committee

Philippines: Typhoon early action shows worth

New Zealand

Fruit growers reeling after hail storm decimates 100% of crops

United Kingdom

Flooding shuts roads in Shropshire as river levels rise

United States

50 Homes Damaged After Tornadoes Hit Texas

Bering Sea Storm Among Strongest Non-Tropical Cyclones on Record; Gusts Hit 122 MPH in Alaska

Cold snap continues in Southern California with frigid temperatures and high winds

Other items of interest

Philippines: Project Noah revamps disaster management platform

Pacific Hurricane, Typhoon Records Keep Falling With Weeks to Go

Sendai Framework - Positive report shows improvements in civil defence

Getting the media onside for Sendai

The Future of Disaster Management in the Caribbean

Disaster Risk Agreement Among UN Leader's 2015 Highlights

COP outcome means a new era of opportunity

Global problems are interconnected – UN chief

India: Hospitals unprepared for natural disasters

IDB will invest $42 million in Haiti to improve natural disaster mitigation

Bangladesh: Dhaka call for inclusion in DRR

Communicating gender issues in climate change adaptation, mitigation - Opinion

Uganda moves on Sendai Framework

IDB will invest $42 million in Haiti to improve natural disaster mitigation

COP21 News

Paris agreement fails to do justice to climate sufferers

New era of climate resilience begins

Can the Paris agreement protect poor farmers from climate change?

HelpAge Int: COP21 agreement welcome but the exclusion of older people is alarming


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As this is the last bulletin before the start of 2016, we would like to wish you a wonderful festive season and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.


Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 07 December to 11 December 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 07th December to 11th December 2015


The CFS has issued a Watch and Act Message for a bushfire on the lower Eyre Peninsula

Bushfire threatens Victorian town


Blanketed in acrid smog, Beijing is waking up to the crisis of climate change

Beijing issues first pollution red alert as smog engulfs capital

Democratic Republic of Congo

31 Dead, 20,000 Families Homeless In Torrential Rain In Kinshasa

DR Congo floods kill '20 people in Kinshasa'


Stunning images show Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire' increasing activity


Ethiopia drought 'leaves 10 million without food'

10 million people facing food shortages as drought grips Ethiopia


Iceland sees double hurricane force winds


Paddy inundated on large tracts of land

Before and after satellite imagery of the historic flooding in Chennai, India


Mt Bromo on alert, tourist sites closed

Earthquake of 6.9-magnitude jolts Indonesia




Heavy rain causes flash floods in central Singapore

New Zealand

Forest fire in Wairau Valley, Marlborough, reaches 1150 hectares


Earthquake: 1 killed as strong 7.2 magnitude temblor hits Tajikistan, shakes buildings in Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi, Punjab

The Gambia

Gambia Celebrates Anti-Bushfire Day Today

United Kingdom

Severe weather causes large landslide

Record rainfall over Cumbria leads to serious flooding

United States

Heavy rains drench Portland causing flooding and landslides

2 Deaths, Many Rescues in Pacific Northwest Storms

Inslee declares state of emergency due to flooding, landslides

Other items of interest

Korean cities take Sendai forward

Conference reviews 17 years of disaster preparedness programming in Vietnam

We may be witnessing the worst wildfire season in recorded history

Louvre Museum works to fend off floods

Financing for change

Rising disaster costs prompt Sri Lanka to combine risk reduction in planning

ADB to provide $15m to help restore disrupted livelihoods

New earthquake early warning drive launched

A plan to spur climate resilient infrastructure in Africa

Governments encouraged to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

COP21 News

COP21: Namibia on frontline of drought battle

For Indians, Smog and Poverty Are Higher Priorities Than Talks in Paris

COP and Sendai: Towards an Integrated Approach

UN: Paris climate pact should include disaster risk reduction

Climate change challenges insurance sector

Businesses urged to help communities adapt to climate change

The next-generation city: Resilient, smart and sustainable

World Bank: Major financial institutions move to integrate climate change

Ban tells private sector ‘how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future'

New UN report details link between climate change and human rights

A plea from small islands: More insurance for climate change


Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30 November to 04 December 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30th November to 04th December 2015




Four men struck by lightning in fierce storms that hit south-east Queensland

Brisbane weather: dangerous storms cut power to more than 20,000 homes

Flights resume between Perth and Bali despite volcano ash cloud

Insurance losses now valued at AUS$75m following catastrophic wildfires in South Australia


Chinese authorities boost smog alert level in Beijing

Beijing air pollution: strong winds finally blow thick pall of blanketing smog from the capital


Delta farmers on tenterhooks

Indian troops battle deadly flooding in Chennai

Four killed as thunderstorm hits UP

Chennai underwater: Airport shut, railways inundated as Met predicts more rain

Monsoon rain paralyses normal life in Puducherry

Death toll in UP thunderstorm rises to 10

Chennai Airport Closed, Power Supplies Cut Due To Torrential Rain

India army on war footing to rescue survivors as flood toll nears 270


5.6-Magnitute Earthquake Hits Banten's Pandeglang, Tremor Felt in Jakarta

Indonesia forest fires: how the year's worst environmental disaster unfolded - interactive

Landslide, floods kill two women, free crocodiles


Fire and ash as Mount Etna erupts for the first time in two years


Nicaragua volcano belches ash, causes fears of eruption

New Zealand

Crews fight Wairarapa forest fire

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea villagers eat clay and toxic mushrooms as severe drought hits

United Kingdom

High winds wreak havoc in Newcastle and Gateshead leaving people injured and events abandoned

Freak flood may have written off up to 20 cars at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair

United States

At least 14 dead as storms & ice wreak havoc across US Midwest

Other items of interest

10 years without a hurricane, yet insurance rates soar

The Devastating Link Between Wildfire and Sprawl

Sendai Framework can keep us above water: Kiribati's President

UN names Senator Legarda as Global Champion for Resilience

National science organization releases report on Waldo Fire

The Beijing bar where the beer gets cheaper as the smog gets worse

What Mumbai needs to learn from superstorm Sandy which flooded New York

Indonesia: Central Java acts on forest fires

Red Cross hosts conference to reflect on 17 years of European Union funding for disaster preparedness in Viet Nam

COP21 News

COP21 UPDATE: Asia's role in forest fire prevention and the economics of climate change

Vulnerable states call for zero emissions

'Climate Risk Early Warning Systems' initiative launched

Caribbean Islands Peg Hopes on COP21 Agreement

UN chief launches initiative to build climate resilience of world's most vulnerable countries

World Bank: Development banks vow to mobilize collective resources to confront climate change

UN chief aims to build defences of poor against climate change

Women are the victims of climate change, and the keys to climate action

WFP: New research tool demonstrates how climate action shapes risk of hunger - for better or worse

Save the Children: A strong climate agreement is vital to tackle climate change

Resilience in focus at COP21


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd November to 27th November 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 23rd November to 27th November 2015




Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Pakistan, Afghanistan and north India



Two confirmed dead as 45km-wide South Australia bushfire rages

High winds cause damage across Melbourne



Hail storm devastates growers in Botswana



Deadly Brazilian mudslide reaches Atlantic Ocean

The environmental impact of toxic mudslide in Brazil



Strong winds cause powercuts, flight diversions in Bulgaria



Ethiopia Seeks Help to Survive Drought

Worries of Famine after Drought in Ethiopia



Delhi likely to see dip in smog levels for 3 days, say experts

The winter monsoon in India and Sri Lanka



Landslides kill two, isolate village



5.3-degree earthquake jolts southern Iran



Hurricane Sandra weakens to Category 3 as it nears Mexico



Landslide in Myanmar Kills About 100; Hundreds Still Missing

Searchers pull bodies from rubble after Myanmar landslide

Search ends for victims of Myanmar jade mining landslide



Mild earthquake measuring 4.1 magnitude on Richter scale hits Nepal


New Zealand

Seven choppers battle Wairarapa forest fire that has burnt more than 70 hectares

Southern fire crews contain blaze near Dipton, Southland

Five homes evacuated as Marlborough fire rages on



4.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Sawat, surrounding areas



Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude registered in Arequipa

Peru earthquake of magnitude 7.6 hits border with Brazil



Somaliland stricken by drought: 'We need what all humans need'


South Africa

Western Cape to ask to be declared drought disaster area


United States

High winds topple trees, power lines; about 18,000 without electricity, mostly on Kitsap Peninsula

Galt Flea Market Tents Injure 11 In High Winds


Other items of interest

Publication of the UK Recovery Handbook for Biological Incidents 2015 by Public Health England 

Weather disasters occurred almost daily over last decade, UN says

Hurricane Joaquin tops the list as 2015 Atlantic season comes to a close

NOAA: Record 121 Months Since Last Major Hurricane Hit U.S.

These Tiny Satellites Could Keep an Eye on Wildfires

Dhaka needs climate-smart policies and investments to scale up its resilience to floods in a changing climate

Viet Nam: VNRC seeks to enhance disaster risk management skills

20-year review shows 90% of disasters are weather-related: US, China, India, Philippines and Indonesia record the most

Making genetic diversity part of climate change adaptation

World Bank Group unveils $16 billion Africa climate business plan to tackle urgent climate challenges

Viet Nam: Project helps to build resilience in disaster-prone areas

UNDP: Climate summit - Paris our last chance for a global pact to protect the planet - Opinion

Uganda - Butaleja warned against misuse of the early flood warning system


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th to 20th November 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin ó 16th November to 20th November 2015



Deadly wildfires in Australia kill at least four and raze 300,000 hectares of bushland

Esperance bushfire: British man, Norwegian student and farmer among dead


Landslide death toll rises as rescue work stymied by mud

Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China; 21 still missing in homes engulfed by mud and rock

China lifts smog warning


Ecuadorùs Tungurahua volcano dusts cities with ash


Earthquake of 6.1 Richter scale shakes Greeceùs Ionian islands

Earthquake 6.1 on Richter Scale Shakes Lefkada, Two Women Dead


How rains paralysed India's Chennai

Tamil Nadu : Death toll gone up to 111 due to incessant rains

Deadly Rains Wreak Havoc in Southern India, Sri Lanka

Diwali smog hits lungs, hosp admission up 30%


Indonesia's Mt Sinabung volcano erupts again


Five family members buried alive in Narok mudslide


Heavy rain causes chaos in Klang Valley


Mexican volcano erupts, spewing smoke and ash almost 2 miles in air


5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Nepal; epicenter near Kathmandu

South Africa

Drought continues in South Africa

Hail Storm Damages at Least 3000 Homes in Ekurhuleni

United Kingdom

Widespread flooding as Northern Ireland is pummeled by torrential rain

Storm Barney: Disruption to power supplies and travel

Trees down on rail lines and structures blown down in high winds

Cars crushed after Dunfermline flood defences overwhelmed

United States

Storm Damage Prompts State of Emergency in Washington

Other items of interest

Local wildfires rack up $42 million bill in 2015

India: Using Facebook as a medium, Caritas engages 120,000 for disaster preparedness.

WMO: El Niño expected to strengthen further - High impacts, unprecedented preparation

100 years preventing debris flows in Japan

In home-grown innovation, Pakistani village rises above flood woes

Philippines, Chile sign trade and disaster preparedness deals

Bangladesh üclimate-proofsý to protect health

Philippines drops in 2016 list of countries vulnerable to climate change

Asia moves to implement Sendai Framework

Asiaùs new roadblock to prosperity - Opinion

Special UN event stresses key role of water management in tackling challenges of climate change

Indian DRR champion to lead on 'inclusive Sendai'

Understanding Risk Forum opens in Addis Ababa

India takes Sendai on board


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 09 - 13 November 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin ó 09th November to 13th November 2015



Brazil orders mudslide mine to take emergency measures


China smog hits level 50 times higher than WHO recommendations


Heavy rains cause landslide in Alexandriaùs Borg al-Arab road

23 Dead in Beheira After Days of Torrential Rain


Drought takes terrible toll in Ethiopia


Guatemala issues orange alert over erupting Fuego Volcano


8 earthquakes jolt Andaman & Nicobar


Limited Bali flights resume after volcanic ash eases

6.0-magnitude Earthquake Jolts Indonesia

Floods submerge 254 houses in W. Sumatra


Torrential rain floods southern Israel, Gaza


Mudslide kills four in Mt Elgon after El Nino rains


Colima volcano has another double eruption


Lagos mudslide: 15 buildings for demolition, 50 sealed


5 magnitude earthquake in Swat, Chitral, Ghazar and surroundings

South Africa

Heatwave to last until weekend

Heat wave to persist this week over South African maize belt


Turkey: Floods, landslides kill 3 in northeast

United Kingdom

Storm Abigail: Gale-force winds set to batter Britain and Hurricane Kate threatens ten days of storms


Second deadly cyclone in a week targets Yemen

Yemen Cyclone Kills 13 on Socotra Island, Hits Mainland

Cyclone killed 14 on Yemeni island, officials say


Other items of interest

Researchers are using autonomous fire-bombing drones to prevent future wildfires

UNISDR Report - Accelerating and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction efforts

Awareness campaign on Natural Disasters

Haiyan 2 years on: Building back stronger

Rising seas menace 280 mln people even with 2C warming - scientists

Georgian media talk disaster risk

Boost resilience to save lives in West Africa - Red Cross head

Malawi gets $12.3m to scale up early warning system

Philippines private sector joins global effort to reduce disaster risk

JICA backs integration of disaster preparedness to school curriculum

Central Asia, South Caucasus craft Sendai roadmap

Vanuatu launches new Climate Change project with SPREP

Mayors call for protection of heritage sites from disasters

Building resilience and reducing the impact of disasters in Sinyang


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 02nd November - 06th November 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 02 November - 06 November 2015



Earthquakes of 4.9 Richter scale in Albania, 4.8 in Slovenia


Adelaide's hottest October on record: Temperature 5 degrees hotter than the average, rainfall scarce


Brazil mine mudslide kills at least 17


Smog envelops NCR, air quality falls as Punjab farmers burn paddy


Mount Merapi Forest Fire Spreading

Lombok volcano ash forces cancellation of Bali flights

Indonesia volcanic ash grounds tourists for third day


Iraq declares emergency amid torrential rain


Torrential rain floods Amman, 3 die in drowning incidents


Heavy, continuous rain causes floods in some areas in Klang Valley


Fire Volcano has five morning eruptions


5.2 earthquake jolts Peshawar, adjacent districts


Typhoon Koppu leads 11 dead


Flooding swamps Portugal's Algarve

South Africa

South Africa facing worst drought since 1960s


Wind, rain and waves: Spain suffers severest storms in over two decades

4 elderly residents die as rain-swollen river floods nursing home

United States

Texas flooding death toll reaches six after elderly woman's body found

Halloween storm causes flooding, downed trees

Tornadoes, powerful winds cause significant damage in several areas


Yemen struck by Cyclone Chapala 18:00 GMT on Nov. 1

Cyclone Chapala batters war-torn Yemen


Zimbabweans speak on heat wave


Other items of interest

Timber company loses bid to avoid Oso mudslide litigation

‘Climate change knows no national borders,' Ban says, urging consensus-building ahead of Paris conference

Singapore and UNISDR launch Sendai partnership

Malawi's Rural Districts Prepare for Climate Impacts

Disaster needs a science policy

Bangladesh: Taking action to tackle 'unprecedented challenge' of climate change

Fiji: State with UN on climate change focused development

How Mexico handled Patricia

Asia-Pacific growth needs disaster resilience

Ethiopia: Boosting productivity to withstand drought effects

Rwanda: Researchers urged to utilise indigenous knowledge


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 26th to 30th October 2015



7.5 earthquake jolts Afghanistan; strong tremors in north India, Pakistan


Bushfire alert downgraded at Mount Chalmers in central Queensland

Bushfire closes Forrest Highway in both directions at Treendale in WA's South-West

Costa Rica

Costa Rican volcano spews ash in powerful eruption


Torrential rain, heavy flooding hit Middle East


Ethiopia experiencing worst drought in 30 years due to El Nino conditions - UN report


Massive Earthquake Measuring 7.5 on Richter Scale Jolts North India

Chapala' intensifies to become a very severe cyclonic storm

Earthquake jolts India's northeast and parts of Bangladesh


Indonesian Smog Reaches Indonesian Capital

As You Read This, the World's Biggest Forest Fire Rages On In Indonesia

Beyond haze, El Nino drought poses poverty challenge for Indonesia


Winter Hits Israel - Crane Collapses in Tel Aviv


Thunderstorm in Kuwait suspends schools, floods some areas, roads


At least five families relocated after thunderstorm

Malaysia: Guidelines on handling disasters to be released next week


Landslides leave thousands stranded in northern Pakistan

276 killed in Pakistan after massive quake hits region with epicenter in Afghanistan — 60km from Chitral

Kashmir hospitals unprepared for disasters: Doctors Association

Pakistan quake: new building codes largely unenforced

Pakistan: No lessons learnt after 40th quake


Super Typhoon Koppu adds to record-breaking storms this year

South Africa

Mudslide kills N.West locomotive driver

United States

Texas and Gulf Coast Flooding: San Antonio Man Swept Away by Floodwaters Found Alive

Hurricane Patricia: train derails amid flash floods in Texas

Historic high tides from supermoon and sea level rise flood the Southeast coast

California's drought is hitting indigenous Latino workers hard

Gibraltar (California) Fire Downgraded to 50 Acres

Other items of interest

UN office lauds PH's 'improved' response to disasters

Strong El Nino will ‘test' disaster resilience in hazard-prone Pacific region, UN warns

Smartphones could be used to detect pollution after sensor breakthrough

Roundup: Half million killed in Asia-Pacific disasters in 2005-2014: UN

Japan, China, South Korea vow enhanced ties for disaster management


Storm Prone Caribbean Shores up Resilience

Indonesia urged to invest more in disaster research

Smoke From Wildfires Is Killing Hundreds of Thousands of People

Sendai 'ground-breaking' on inclusion

Government asks private sector to engage in disaster risk reduction

Met Office Science Strategy: 2016-2021 Delivering science with impact

El Nino and climate change pose existential threat to Pacific islands

Red Cross and G-Mobile launch SMS system to deliver life-saving information across Mongolia

East Africa on alert for El Nino deluge

Chance to make infrastructure climate-friendly


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 23rd October 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 23rd October 2015



Farmers left reeling as hail storm destroys South East crops

Bushfire risk areas in new analysis shows danger zones in Sydney, the Hunter and coastal regions

Sydney weather: Third wave of torrential storms in nine days forecast to deluge city

Sydney Weather: Thunderstorm Continues; 2 Struck by Lightning, 5,000 Without Power


Dramatic waterspout sighted off southwest Nova Scotia


40 Chinese cities blanketed by heavy smog


5.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab


Forest fire kills six hikers in Indonesia

Indonesia's forest fire expands to another major island


Earthquake hits southeastern Iran


Tourist photographs huge waterspout off Italian coast

Severe weather causes landslides, floods in Campania


Category 4 Hurricane Patricia Threatens Major Mexican Resort Cities; Hurricane Warnings Issued

Drought causes 450-year-old Mexican church to emerge from reservoir

Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico erupts – timelapse video


Philippines' Typhoon Koppu brings severe floods

TY Lando continues track; may weaken to tropical storm by Monday

Death toll from storm in Philippines climbs to 39

Philippines warns of further flood risk after Koppu

Philippines: lauding Government’s storm preparedness, UN agencies ready to assist in wake of typhoon

United Kingdom

Warning issued as high winds to batter north on Thursday


Olaf strengthens to major hurricane, still far offshore

Heavy rains, strong winds, big hail in the Valley leave behind damage

California crews dig out vehicles after mudslide as more rain falls

Severe thunderstorms cause flooding in Clark County

Fire scorches 3.6 acres of Black Hills National Forest

Flood advisory issued for L.A. Basin as heavy rains sweep through Southern California


El Niño brings drought and heightened cyclone risk to Vanuatu

Other items of interest

Traditional knowledge plus modern science saves lives, builds resilience

El Niño fueling most extreme tropical cyclone season on record in Northern Hemisphere


Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12th to 16th October 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin ó 12th October to 16th October 2015



Power restored to 10,000 homes and businesses in Sydney's south after severe thunderstorms

Victoria weather: Storms, heavy rain sweep through Melbourne


4.5 Richter Earthquake Shakes Greek Island of Crete


Severe drought threatens millions of Ethiopians


Guatemala mudslide: 264 dead, 40 still missing


Five people lost their lives, due to a series of storms hit central Italy on Wednesday and Thursday


18 dead, 11 missing in eastern Myanmar landslides


At least 13 people buried alive in Pakistan landslide


Tropical Storm Koppu could bring disastrous rain to Philippines as Category 4


5.9M Earthquake Shakes Russian Town


As one house ruined, heavy rainfall causes landslide in NE of Turkey

United States

Heatwave prompts power outages in southern California

2 California Wildfires Cause Nearly $2 Billion in Damage

Governor declares state of disaster for central Texas wildfires

Cars submerged in LA mudslide following torrential rain and flash floods

L.A. County mudslides trap numerous cars; I-5 closed to traffic


Other items of interest

Explainer: Earthquake measurements

2015 Has Been the Most Damaging Year for Wildfires Ever Recorded

Gambia: President - Gov't Committed to Provisions of Disaster Risk Reduction Framework

Keeping it local to curb risk in Cameroon

Traditional knowledge and experience in natural disaster prevention

UN underscores importance of disaster risk reduction plans

Climate action: Global policy is not enough

UN chooses eight communities as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction

Bangladesh: Substantial indigenous knowledge makes community resilience

Viet Nam: Traditional knowledge and experience in natural disaster prevention - UNDP

International Day Message from the Secretary-General

UK: Community solidarity in East Salford

USAID helps VN improve disaster response

Local governments to conduct early preparations for disasters

Local knowledge battles floods in India

How prepared is Myanmar for another natural disaster?

UNDP: Advocating role of communities as first-hand disaster responders - Bhutan

Fighting floods and droughts in Ecuador's Daule rice fields

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 05th October to 09th October 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 05th October to 09th October 2015



Hundreds flee, homes lost amid Vic fires


First signs of debris in search for cargo ship and 33 crew missing in hurricane


Climate Change, Drought Cause Over 11,000 Fires in Brazilian Amazon in 2015


Chile rocked by 6.0 magnitude quake; no injuries reported


Strongest tropical storm in history Mujigae wreaks havoc in China, at least 7 killed

Top tennis stars choke on 'hazardous' smog at China Open in Beijing


Downpours flood parts of French Riviera; at least 20 dead

Paris cut its smog by nearly half on the city’s first “car-free” day


Guatemala landslide: under the mud, dead families found huddled together

Guatemala landslide death toll rises to 186

Guatemala mudslide area declared uninhabitable


Lightning, thunderstorm claim 28 lives in Maharashtra


Kuala Lumpur marathon cancelled as city turns grey with smog from Indonesian forest fires

Indonesia's Joko Widodo seeks forest fire help


Malaysia shuts schools as choking smog worsens


71 fishermen lost during tropical storm in Philippines

South Africa

Animals and elderly hit hardest by Johannesburg heatwave

South Africa greets spring with a heatwave

No relief in sight from smoldering heat wave

United States

South Carolina governor calls deadly rain a 'thousand-year' event

Flooding From Hurricane Joaquin Shuts Roads, Schools in South Carolina - Officials say at least seven have died in weather-related incidents across the state

Other items of interest

Poland’s second city to ban coal use after anti-smog law approved

Iran acts on Sendai Framework

European Parliament approves 6.3M euro aid for Bulgaria over early 2015 heavy snowfall, floods

Action agreed on Safe Schools

Malawi: Enhancing resilience to vulnerability

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launch 2015 World Disasters Report

World disasters report 2015: focus on local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness

Iran nears goal of 100% safe schools

Vietnam's children tie traditional knowledge into modern disaster preparation

UNFCCC: First draft of new climate change agreement presented to governments

Maldives, World Bank, EU and Australia launch climate change partnership

Europe starts Sendai roadmap talks

Flash floods are a major global threat says UN

Tokyo’s disaster prevention manual enjoys extraordinary popularity

UN launches call for safe schools on 10th anniversary of Pakistan earthquake

California Wildfires Will Cost Insurers More Than $1.1 Billion


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 28 September to 02 October 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 28th September - 02 October 2015



Lightning, hail and damaging wind hit Brisbane as severe storm lashes south-east Queensland, causing power cuts

Victoria General surgeries resume after flooding but there are fewer beds

Laguna Quays bushfire: Homes no longer under threat from large Queensland bushfire


Typhoon lashes Taiwan, killing 2, injuring more than 300


Monsoon withdraws from Himachal Pradesh, remains 27 percent deficit

Earthquake of 4.8 magnitude hits Uttarakhandùs Pithoragarh


Indonesia blanketed in forest fire haze


Malaysia Offers Military Assistance Fighting Forest Fire


Roads flooded after torrential rain; traffic congestion 'real', not perception


Peru volcano eruption


Kabayan intensifies into tropical storm

Sri Lanka

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) landslide warnings for six districts


Pedestrians lifted off their feet by Typhoon Dujuan

United States

Residents in Mission Cleaning Up Damage from Storm

Global Warming Blamed For South Florida Severe Flooding

Hurricane Joaquin strengthens but likely to track out to sea, while Mid-Atlantic flood threat looms

Coroner: Woman killed when flood waters submerge her vehicle in Spartanburg

Other items of interest

New knowledge centre to help the EU minimise risk of disasters

Work starts on Sendai indicators

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IFRC: Preparing younger generations for future disasters in Sri Lanka

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Report urges doctors to counsel children in the wake of disasters

NSF invests $40 million in research infrastructure for earthquake, wind and water hazards


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 21 to 25 September 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 21st - 25th September 2015


Pemberton mudslide cuts power to hundreds

The Gambia

Thunderstorm claims 2 lives in Sabah Sanjal


Mudslide kills senior citizen in Thane

Heavy rains create flood like situation in Assam

Flash Floods in Guwahati After Heavy Rains


Moderate earthquake hits Sumatera


Over 20,000 People Warned To Evacuate With Torrential Rain Forecast In Japan

Volcano in southern Japan erupts, sending smoke into the air


Floods and mudslide hit Penang

New Zealand

Flooding hits East Coast, motorists trapped and roads closed


Over 2000 Houses Submerged by Flood in Kaduna


Pakistan: Two die of heatstroke in fresh heat wave

2 villagers trapped in Ujh flood; Mahore-Reasi, other roads blocked

Papua New Guinea

Earthquake Measuring 6.8 On Richter Scale Rocks West Papua

Sierra Leone

Thousands homeless in flooded Sierra Leone capital


Haze Worsens as Smog Covers Singapore, Parts of Indonesia


Rain and runoff water cause early morning Phuket floods


Flood devastates Turkey's famous resort

United States

California firefighters battle blazes as three wildfires combine

Tidal flooding hits Hampton Roads, will continue into next week

Coastal storm brings strong winds, tidal flooding and beach erosion


5.6 quake near Aden; UAE not impacted

Other items of interest

Chile to build 1st earthquake research center

Officials finalize APEC disaster risk reduction framework

Disaster risk reduction is in sustainability's DNA

New IFRC Report calls for greater recognition and support for local humanitarian actors

A new framework to reduce children casualties in disasters across South Asia

Sh15.5bn required to deal with effects of El Nino rains

ESCAP-India partnership to strengthen disaster early warning systems in Asia-Pacific

Mexico marks 30 years of progress

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 14th to 18th September 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 14th September to 18th September 2015



Strong Quake Shakes Chile, Some Tsunami Flooding Along Coast

Tsunami warning lifted after Chile earthquake

Chile quake: State of emergency declared for Coquimbo

Dominica schools remain closed after damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika


An earthquake measuring around 5 on Richter scale shook border area between Georgia, Russia and Abkhazia


Winds capsize migrant boat in Aegean; 34 die, including babies, children

4.2-Richter Earthquake On Greek Island of Crete


Indonesia rules out evacuations in forest fire areas

ASEAN needs $10 billion to tackle deadly forest fires

Mount Lokon and Karangetang in alert status


Heavy rain causes flooding, landslide and road closures


One dead, two missing in Italy flooding


Japanese volcano Mount Aso on island of Kyushu erupts


Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Rocks Gulf of California, Northern Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano erupts

Father of five is only survivor of slide - Intense rainfall brings a hillside down on a home, killing six

New Zealand

Forest fire south of Dunedin


Earthquake rocks Kashmir

Saudi Arabia

Crane collapse kills 107 people at mosque in Mecca days before Hajj

United States

Four firefighters injured as hundreds battle bushfire in northern California

California wildfires destroy hundreds of homes as residents flee

Raging monsoon with dazzling lightning strands drivers, cuts power in Arizona

Death toll rises to 12 in Utah flash flood; 1 still missing

Second death reported in California wildfires as rain gives crews break

Horrific Utah flood is likely the deadliest U.S. weather event so far in 2015


Typhoon Vamco brings heavy rains, strong winds to Da Nang

Other items of interest

Filipino farmers bear the brunt of El Nino drought

Following earthquake, UN says Chile’s investment in disaster risk reduction paid off

Pacific region prepares for strengthening of El Nino: UN

Underinsurance in property is a global, and growing, challenge, says latest Swiss Re sigma study

Sandstorm causes health problems

China: ADB loan supports improved water, flood protection in Hubei prefecture

World Bank: Tuvalu gets continued support for Cyclone Pam recovery

Major crop losses in Central America due to El Niño

Philippines: Sendai Framework applied post-Haiyan

India: 13 nations speak their mind on climate change burden

Inconsistent translation from science to practice: SDGs and the health impacts of climate change

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Back to top Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 5th to 11th September 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 5th to 11th September 2015



Bushfire destroys house, dozens of cars at property at Stuart near Townsville in north Queensland

Large WA bushfire now under control


Tropical Storm Henri forms near Bermuda at typical peak of Atlantic hurricane season


Maugerville forest fire fought by 40 firefighters

Earthquake reported in western Quebec on Wednesday



Egypt closes 4 ports in Suez province over limited visibility from sandstorm gripping Mideast



Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Fiji coast



Mudslide Kills at Least 7 in Guinea Village



Marathwada reels under drought

Late rains prolong floods misery in southern Bangladesh

Two construction workers killed in mudslide at Yercaud in Tamil Nadu



Indonesia deploys military to fight forest fires

Forest-Fire Haze Harming Air Quality in Indonesia, Singapore

Volcanic ash disrupts airport services in Indonesia



Sandstorm to linger through the weekend



Heavy flooding in Sicily submerges cars – video

WATCH: Massive hailstorm hits Naples



Japan Issues Third Emergency Warning as Flood, Landslide Dangers Spread North; At Least 1 Dead, 25 Missing

More Japan rivers burst banks triggering further floods, 23 missing

Japan floods: Rescue work continues amid deadly floods

Startling images of 'unprecedented' floods wreaking havoc on Japan

Japan Floods Affect Tens of Thousands

Typhoon Etau: thousands evacuated as severe flooding hits Japan



Sandstorm kills 12 in Lebanon and Syria



Strong earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of K-P



Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hits Lima


Puerto Rico

Storms cause flooding, landslides and washes away cars in Vega Baja


South Africa

South Africa Declares Drought Disaster



Flash floods sweep vehicles along Spanish street



Autumn brings rare ‘tornado’ to Lake Zurich



CARIBBEAN: Strong earthquake rocks Trinidad



El Niño expected to hit US hard, but not enough to ease California drought

Drought continues to expand across Oklahoma

At least 1 hurt as storms spark floods, down trees across New York area

Kansas storms produce rain, hail and damaging winds

Forest Fire reported in Yosemite National Park

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Rancho Tehama Reserve

Hurricane Linda Recap

Heat wave brings record-setting temps to San Diego

Man sails into waterspout in Vermillion Bay, Louisiana

Waterspout sighted along NC coast


Other items of interest

Southern Africa moves on Sendai Framework

Tropical storm Erika highlights serious gaps in early warning systems

Global Weather Hazards Summary September 11-17, 2015

Watch the historic moment when UN adopts ‘charter for people and planet’ – UN official

UNDP takes part in the Fourth Regional Technical Group Meeting on Disaster Management

Climate Change Matters Issue 38 - September 2015

World Events - ECHO Daily Map | 04/09/2015

Global Weather Hazards Summary September 4-10, 2015

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 29th August to 4th September 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 29th August to 4th September 2015


Hurricane Fred hits Cape Verde islands


Strong winds cause floods in City, Buenos Aires coast


Strong earthquake hits Sheki, aftershocks expected


Nearly 3,000 still without power Tuesday after Lower Mainland's weekend storm


Waterspout spotted off the coast of Point Grey in Vancouver


Dominica declares disaster status in 9 areas hit by tropical storm Erika


Tropical storm destroys Dominica resort


Four injured as thunderstorm hits Rishikesh


Heavy Rains Trigger Flood-like Situation in Arunachal Pradesh

Drought looms over western Maharashtra, Marathwada

Mild Earthquake in Rajasthan


Mild earthquake off Semporna


Chin: Mudslide Strikes Tonzang Township


Quake jolts Kathmandu Sunday




Hail hits Dutch fruit growers hard right before harvest

New Zealand

Wet wild weather leaves widespread flooding in Auckland, Waikato


Galicia forest fire affects more than 2000 hectares


Ferocious hail storm causes road death in La Rioja


Hundreds of flamingos battered to death during giant hailstone storm


Sumatra forest fire haze returns to blanket Phuket


Schools closed as forest fire smoke swathes Kiev


UK weather: 'Supertides' spark flood warnings across country


Thousands remain in dark after high winds


Heavy rains, high winds hit west-end forest fire


Flooding Rains Hit Charleston, South Carolina: Water Rescues, Small Mudslide Reported


Forest fire continues to spread


Waves up to 20-feet-tall pound Hawaii as hurricane moves north


Fleeting Wonders: Witness A Rare Waterspout Off The Florida Coast


Tropical Storm Fred is surviving as a tropical cyclone

Typhoon Kilo Spinning West Of Hawaii

Tropical Storm Kevin to Increase Thunderstorms in Mexico, US Four Corners

Storms leave damage, person recovering from lightning strike

High winds, gusts to blow dust at Burning Man, temperatures drop

Other items of interest

Visualizing Landslides


We must build resilience into our communities


INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters. It can support decisions about prevention, preparedness and response.


Parliamentarians key DRR actors - UN SG

El Niño expected to be strongest since 1997-98

USAID and NASA today launched “SERVIR-Mekong"

Hurricane Katrina raised the bar for disaster risk management

World - Events - ECHO Daily Map | 27/08/2015

Global Weather Hazards Summary August 28 - September 3, 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 24 to 28 August 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 24th to 28th August 2015


Sydney weather: wild storm dumps rain and hail on city


Forest fire smoke prompts warning from Environment Canada

Agricultural disaster declared in Alberta.

Tropical storm Erika unleashes destruction as four die in Dominica


Two Earthquakes Shake the Greek Island of Crete


Heavy Rain and Landslides in Aizawl, Houses Swept Away


Four small eruptions observed at Sakurajima volcano

Typhoon Goni unleashes 159 mph wind gust on its path toward southern Japan

Typhoon lashes Japan, landslide fears prompt evacuation call

Typhoon Goni makes landfall in Japan, injuring 20, after 140 flights cancelled in Hong Kong and Shanghai


Fresh Earthquake of Magnitude 5.1 Hits Nepal; Tremors Felt in Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim


Philippines: Typhoon Goni leaves trail of destruction

Typhoon Ineng exits PAR, but landslides, flash floods still possible due to habagat - Pagasa


8 killed in floods, landslide in northeast Turkey

Death toll feared to rise after flood and landslides in Turkey’s northeastern province of Artvin

Fire erupts in forest in southern Turkey

United Kingdom

London weather: flooding in the capital as heavy rainfall batters the UK

London flooding: Parts of the capital deluged with heavy rainfall

United States

Unstable ground slows body recovery after Alaska landslides

Sitka Landslide Search Suspended Due to Weather

'It's unrelenting': inside the Washington town surrounded by raging wildfires

Lightning, storms cause some damage in Central Florida

Tropical Storm Erika's forecast track shifts closer to Florida

Strong storm causes flooding in San Juan County

Other items of interest

10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina examined by the Wharton Risk Center

Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health

NOAA: Hurricane Drought Hits Record 118 Months

India to implement Sendai framework, disaster risk reduction assistance to neighbours enhanced

Caribbean Development Bank advances climate change and disaster risk management agenda of borrowing member countries

Fiji: airport closure highlights need for resilient infrastructure

Zurich invests USD 10 million to drive innovation in most pressing developmental challenge – flood resilience

Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

Disaster highlights insurance risk issues

Sea-Level Rise A Daunting Reality In St Thomas

As Papua New Guinea faces worsening drought, a past disaster could save lives

Scaling up insurance for resilience in Africa

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR): Call for blog contributions

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 17 - 21 August 2015


Fire crews are fighting a massive bushfire at Tallebudgera


Google loses data as lightning strikes


Chinese authorities investigate mass fish death near Tianjin explosion site

China explosions: Potent chemical mix behind Tianjin blasts

How smog is killing thousands daily in China


Cuba on edge as drought worsens


Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano


Death Toll in Scorching Egyptian Heatwave Rises to 93


Tropical Storm Goni is Passing 100 Miles North of Guam & In Between Rota & Tinian


Smoke from forest fire forces plane to redirect


Temperatures soar as Israel hit with ‘extreme’ heat wave

Forest Fire Breaks Out near Jerusalem


Volcanic alert raised for Sakurajima in Kagoshima

Three hurt in Kanagawa by wind gusts blamed on tornado

NRA says Sakurajima volcano no threat to newly restarted Sendai reactor


Two killed as fierce wind storm sweeps over Kisauni


Code Orange alert issued after volcanic eruption in Kamchatka


Bangkok bomb: Five members of one Malaysian family killed by Erawan shrine explosion

United States

Bay Area Residents Concerned About Smoky Air from Northern California Wildfires

Wildfires threaten homes in Idaho, Washington, California and Oregon

Major Storm to Produce High Winds, Flooding and Severe Storms

It’s official: Another heat wave grips region

Earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay Area

Rough Fire Burns Nearly 21,000 Acres in Sierra National Forest

Alaska Landslide: 2 Bodies Recovered, 1 Still Missing in Sitka

Flood Advisory expires on Big Island, Red Cross shelter open to residents

Strong winds forecast for fire area

Other items of interest

US Coastal Cities Face Increased Risk of Flooding

Canada: Ontario announces new disaster recovery assistance programs

Cities advocates embrace Sendai Framework

Ateneo, Rappler collaborate to address disaster information management

Sendai Framework words turn into action

Policy: Hurricane Katrina’s lessons for the world

Crises are piling on the pressure

UNEP: Preparedness key to avoiding worst consequences of disasters

Call for case studies: good practices and lessons learned from the development of climate services in the Pacific

Kenya ramps up support for DRR legislation

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10th August to 14th August 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10 August to 14 August 2015



Earthquake measuring 6.2 Richter scale hits Afghanistan; Moderate tremors felt in Delhi, Kashmir valley


Two large bushfires still burning in Qld

Strong winds buffet South Australia as cold front hits the state; power outages affect thousands


Six people die as storms and high winds hit Chile

State of emergency in north of Chile because of torrential rain and floods


Soudelor Continues to Inundate China

Typhoon Soudelor kills at least 21 in China and Taiwan

Dozens missing after landslide in Shaanxi, China


Egypt heatwave leaves 61 people dead


Heavy rains trigger landslides in Himachal

Landslide near Phesama threat to villages


Photochemical smog creeps back on hot, still days 


Mild earthquake hits Nepal


Panama Canal to restrict access to ships after El Nino drought


Hundreds of firefighters battle forest fire in Portugal


Wildfires rage in Russia's remote eastern Siberia


Forest fire breaks out in Ä°zmir after lightning strike

United Kingdom

Torrential rain to continue across Britain

United States

Details Emerge From Inside Plane Forced to Land in Hail Storm

Weakening Hilda now a remnant low south of Big Island

Pasco reports 50 homes destroyed, 36 damaged in flooding

Hitchcock County storm brings wind, 1 death

Hail-infused storm floods Colorado towns, sweeps away cars

18 Wildfires Rage Across California: Photos

Heat wave arriving as 2 weather systems clash over Southern California

Other items of interest

Drought vulnerability a challenge to India ratings: Moody's

Nigeria commences post-Sendai disaster risk reduction plan

Beyond the shake drill: Making schools disaster-ready

New Zealand: Disaster hub opens on Wellington campus

Palestine not equipped to face possible earthquakes

Government of India and World Bank sign agreement for second phase of national cyclone risk mitigation program

Indigenous knowledge key for DRR

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek boost for Sendai Framework

APEC urged to adopt disaster risk reduction framework


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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 03 - 07 August 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 03rd to 7th August 2015


Massive sand storm hit Amman, two flights diverted to Ben Gurion


Blue Mountains bushfire continues to burn overnight as residents remain vigilant

Snow, bushfires, then snow again in NSW


Chinese city of Jinan hit by floods after torrential rain


42C heatwave begins in Cyprus – Code Yellow Warning Issued


Death toll due to heavy rain hits 40

Over 100 killed in flood, landslide caused by heavy rains in India


3 Indonesian volcanoes still spewing ash

Virgin Australia and Jetstar cancel all Bali flights as volcano spews ash


Chaos as Rome airport affected by forest fire

Tourist among three dead in Veneto landslide


Japan heatwave kills 25


14 illegal gold miners victims of landslide in Liberia


Floods, Landslides in Myanmar, India and Other Asian Countries Leave At Least 493 Dead

Burma flood toll will increase as monsoon rains lash region, warns UN


Landslides and floods claim 90 lives in Nepal


21 feared dead in mudslide in Manipur

Papua New Guinea

Manam residents suffer respiratory problems after eruption


Manobos to be evacuated from Kidapawan village due to landslide threat

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico extends water rationing as drought deepens after arid July


Typhoon Soudelor Strengthens; May Be Strongest Taiwan Landfall In 3 Years; China, Japan's Ryukyu Islands Also Threatened

United States

Firefighter Is Killed, Hundreds Flee California Blazes

Tent Collapses in Chicago Festival Due to Sudden Rain and Hail Storm; 1 dead and 20 others injured

Young man, two buildings struck by lightning in Liverpool

One Killed, More Than 150,000 Lose Power After Storms Slam Parts of New England

Other items of interest

NASA Earth Observatory image - California wildfires

Sendai Framework influence on new SDGs

Armenia: Children's safety in the heart of Dipecho preparedness work

APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) 2015 to focus on DRR

‘Catastrophic’ floods in Myanmar hit the most vulnerable, including children – UN agencies

India: NDMA asks Punjab government to focus on preventive steps

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*SAVE THE DATE - UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030*

To promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to decision-making in Disaster Risk Reduction

The conference (Geneva, Switzerland on 27 - 29 January 2016) will bring together the full diversity of the science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss how the science and technology community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 27 to 31 July 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 27th to 31st July 2015


Bushfires rage in southern Albania due to high temperature


Tropical Cyclone Komen to Soak Waterlogged Bangladesh, Myanmar; 27 Already Reported Dead


Smog advisory ends for Toronto


China's restive Xinjiang region scorched by heatwave as record temperatures drag on


Huge forest fire rages in France for fourth day


Heavy rain in north India triggers landslides, floods; Rajasthan, Gujarat affected

Torrential rain kills 22 in Gujarat


Strong earthquake strikes off Indonesia’s Java island

Stranded tourists to be handled with care: Govt


Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday


Forest fire affects flights in Rome


Searchers scouring Mt. Ontakesan for 6 hikers who went missing after eruption


Heatwave continues to blast kingdom


900 People Evacuated after Mudslide Hits Almaty Outskirts


Monsoon rain triggers heavy flood in northern Myanmar

Myanmar flood toll rises as more torrential rain forecast


At least 16 dead in Nepal landslides after rain


Police say monsoon rains lashing northern Pakistan cause flooding that kills another 24 people

Earthquake jolts Pakistan; people flee in panic as 5.1-magnitude temblor shakes homes

Over 40 killed in Pakistan floods

More than half a million people affected by monsoon rain and floods in Pakistan


Forest fire rages in northern Spain


Floods cut off villages in North

United States

Northern California wildfire threatens 150 homes and forces evacuations

Anclote River flooding prompts evacuations in Pasco County

Nine wildfires dot California as hot and dry conditions fuel blazes across west

Woman Killed After Car Swept Away In Kentucky Flooding


Tourists stranded, death toll rises as heavy rain hits Quang Ninh

Other items of interest

Disasters, displacement, and climate change: New evidence and common challenges facing the north and south

18 States Still Lack Basic Protections for Children, Save the Children’s 2015 Disaster Report Card Finds

Government of Japan and UNDP announce launch of initiative to help South Sudan respond to food insecurity and floods

Sendai training for local governments

WEF: How to improve flood resilience - Opinion

UN backs disaster resilience plans for hotels in Asia and the Pacific

Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20 - 24 July 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20 - 24 July 2015


Volcanic ash cloud again grounds flights in and out of Bali


Dozens flee homes as wildfires rage near Athens

Rescue workers find man’s body as Greek wildfires retreat


Three swept away in flash floods in Kullu district


Thousands evacuated as typhoon Nangka makes landfall in Japan

Kuala Lumpa

Strong earthquake rattles Santa Cruz Islands


Flash floods, torrential rain, leave six dead in K-P, Balochistan

Heavy Rain And Floods Kill 13 in Pakistan: Officials

Rains, landslides kill nine in Pakistani Kashmir: Officials


Nine buried in landslide at open-pit coal mine

Thousands affected, 2 dead amid Ilocos rains

2-week rain kills 4


Thailand is Suffering From The Worst Drought in Decades


Turkey to fry in latest heatwave, with temperatures reaching 43


Uganda: 2,600 Landslide Victims to Be Moved

United Kingdom

UK weather: Month's rain to fall in one day with gale force winds expected across the south of England, forecasters warn

United States

Powerful Tornadoes Smash Into Illinois Towns, Causing Injuries, Severe Damage

Pregnant mother, 2 children die in Ripley flooding

B.C. fires: More than 100 new wildfires in 24 hours

Atlantic Beach Police: Two McDonald's employees struck by lightning

Huge Forest Fire Ravages 6,000 Acres in Northern California

Other items of interest

Towards a Safer World – July newsletter

Madagascar: Reversing the red sand tide - A call for new solutions to land degradation

Africa launches global Sendai Framework drive

Natural disasters forced 20 mln from their homes in 2014 - Report

Strengthening epidemic preparedness key focus of Pacific health surveillance network

Three months after the earthquake: Nepal needs long-term international aid

Bangladesh: Empowering women against natural disasters - WFP

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th to 17th July 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th to 17th July 2015


Earthquake of 4 on Richter scale near Bulgaria’s Kavarna on Black Sea 


Quake strikes western Quebec 

Forest fire north of Banff started by lightning strike 




3 Indonesian airports closed due to eruptions at 2 volcanoes 


Iraq declares Thursday a holiday amid a 50-degree Celsius (122-degree Fahrenheit) heatwave 


Nangka Hits Japan With Flooding Rain, Damaging Winds 

Typhoon Nangka nears landfall in Japan, causing storm surge flooding fears 

Typhoon Nangka Makes Landfall in Japan; 29 Inches of Rain Reported, Landslide Warnings Issued (FORECAST) 


Mexico's erupting Colima volcano expected to give brief respite 


Rain rages; two dead, hundreds displaced 


Scientists in Norway left completely baffled by freak storm that dumps 100mm of rain in one hour 


Flash flood, landslide warnings up in Northern Luzon 

Philippines coal mine collapse kills five, four still missing, after heavy monsoon rain 


Crews, helicopters fight small forest fire near Old McKenzie Pass Highway 

Hail Storm Prompts Use Of Snowplows Near Rapid City 

Kentucky flash flood leaves trail of death and devastation 

Flash Flooding Swamps Parts of Brooklyn, New York 

Major road flooding in southern Ocean County 

Hurricane Dolores, El Niño bring big waves to Southern California beaches 


Other areas of interest

NASA Armstrong leads team to test effects of volcanic ash on aircraft engines 

4 reasons the Atlantic hurricane season has been so quiet (and is likely to stay that way) 

ASIA – Severe weather

Polynesian leaders look to stress climate vulnerability as one 

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 06 to 10 July 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 06 to 10 July 2015


Hundreds of wildfires scorch Canada as extreme heat spreads


China Launches Emergency Responses against Typhoons


Volcano forces Australian flights cancelled


Landslide in Darjeeling Toll Mounts up to 42

Moderate earthquake hits west coast of Northern Sumatera


Nine die in Italy heatwave

Solomon Islands

Cyclone Raquel brings damage and death to Solomons


Tropical storm causes floods, knocks out power in northern Philippine towns

Death toll rises as ‘Egay’ leaves, ‘Falcon’ lingers


Spain on front line of wildfire risk as heatwave rages on


Drought persists in 13 provinces

United Kingdom

Brecon Beacons lightning strike victim showing signs of recovery

United States

Firefighters battle wildfires across the Northwest, including 25,800-acre fire near Dayville

Manitoba homes suffer storm damage

Washington Ice Cave Collapse Kills One, Injures Five Amid Western Heat Wave

Other items of interest

Pakistan: Melting glaciers - Minister calls for boosting national flood-resilience

Georgia: Tbilisi approves compensation plan for flood victims

Deforestation drives worsening flooding in Kashmir

Caribbean preparatory meeting for hurricane season

Sendai monitoring can support SDGs

Argentina launches new disability-aware DRR plan

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Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [insert dates]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 29th June to 03rd July 2015


Eleven more killed in flash flood, landslides in Cox’s Bazar


Canadian and Alaskan Wildfire Smoke Continues to Pour Into the U.S.


15 dead, 19 missing in China floods

China Earthquake: 6.4 Magnitude Quake Kills 4 in Uighur Muslim-dominated Xinjiang Province


Chan-hom: Guam Fourth of July Threat; Typhoon Watch Issued


Guatemala issues danger warning as Fuego Volcano activity intensifies


Jetstar Bali flights cancelled due to volcanic ash cloud near Denpasar


India landslides kill 38 in Darjeeling

5.6 quake rocks India's Assam, felt in Bangladesh, Nepal

3 Injured as 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal


Mount Hakone erupts in Japan

South Korea

South Korean chemical plant explosion kills four


Village hit by fourth landslide


Pakistan heatwave death toll rises to 1250 as public urged to abstain from Ramadan fast


Strong winds destroy 36 houses in Basilan

South Sudan

Cholera deaths in South Sudan rise, thousands at risk: UN


Taiwan Formosa Water Park explosion injures hundreds

United Kingdom

UK heatwave: July's hottest day on record

Spectacular storm in north-east England cuts electricity to 40,000 homes

Hailstorm smashes windows, punches through roofs and dents cars in northern England with 'golf balls' of ice on hottest day of year

United States

Boy Scout Dies in Flash Flood at New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch

Earthquake hits city of Volcano in Hawaii

Other items of interest

Weather alerts across western Europe as heatwave sets in

Cook Islands calls for disaster-ready buildings

Nepal: Monsoons pose serious health and sanitation threat to quake-affected children - Plan

Nepal Earthquake: Preparing and planning for the next disaster - Opinion

Social workers key players in DRR

ADB $220 million aid to help Pakistan build hazard-resilient infrastructure

WMO, WHO issue guidance on heat health warning systems

Nigeria: ‘Over 15 states, 50 local government areas likely to be flooded this year’

Indonesian President to focus on urban resilience

Africa meets to align with Sendai Framework

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22 to 26 June 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22 to 26 June 2015


Assam flood situation deteriorates, over 19,000 affected


Typhoon to hit China's Hainan, seen easing drought

At least three dead from torrential rain in Guizhou


Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Fiji Islands


Ash from Indonesia volcano blankets provincial capital Medan


India floods: Fifty die in Gujarat rains

Gujarat: Death toll due to heavy rain rises to 38


Strong Earthquake Hits Japan Islands South Of Tokyo, No Tsunami Warning


Kuwait Shia mosque hit by deadly suicide


Colima Volcano blasts ash and steam


North Korea

Puerto Rico expands water rationing measures amid drought


Death toll in Sindh over 1,000 after Pakistan heatwave

Pakistan heatwave: Karachi hospital 'under tremendous pressure'


Ubinas volcano registers strong explosion


Philippines takes precautions as volcano turns lively


Ex-Olympic city flooded: Sochi F1 track, airport, cars under water


Tunisia attack on Sousse beach 'kills 27'


Seven killed in Vietnam typhoon

Other items of interest

New Zealand: Coming to grips with flood devastation

Vanuatu reviews disaster response following tropical Cyclone Pam

Building community resilience to flooding in Bolivia

Fiji: Enhancing resilience

Sendai Framework means sustainable development

UNDP to boost expertise in post-disaster recovery

Call for good practices: Integrating gender in Early Warning Systems

APEC backs incentives for business disaster planning

Tuvalu hit with US$90m cyclone damage bill

365 disasters: a disaster a day from around the world




Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 15th June to 19th June 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 15th June to 19th June 2015



Bushfire burning towards roadhouse


Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Drifted Over 1,600 Miles Into the U.S.

Canadian firefighters arrive to aid in Alaska wildfires

Medicine Hat hit by storm that brought strong winds, hail


Tbilisi flood: 'Seven people dead' and zoo animals on loose in city after freak storm


Odisha receives pre-monsoon rain, suntroke toll 44

Strong winds, rain bring Delhiites relief from heat


Spectacular photos of volcano eruption in Indonesia

Indonesia evacuates more villagers from volcano area


Mount Asama volcano erupts near Tokyo


Borneo earthquake: 5.2 tremor hits the area of Ranau again

Road collapses due to torrential rain


Hurricane Carlos strengthens, threatens Acapulco with heavy rain

Hurricane Carlos, off Acapulco, headed for landfall


Worker killed in landslide


Nepal to seek $6.6bn of aid to rebuild following Everest earthquakes

Rain hampers search for dozens missing in Nepal landslide

Taplejung landslide toll hits 35; 22 still unaccounted for

Mount Everest moved three centimetres after Nepal earthquake


California Orders Large Water Cuts for Farmers Amid Drought

Nearly 1,000 without power after storms with strong winds move through South Plains

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Chicago Area

Other areas of interest

Top Five US Cities Most Vulnerable to Hurricanes

Improving coordination in humanitarian aid: reflections on the cluster system

Global Weather Hazards Summary June 19-25, 2015

ASEAN Strengthens Its Collective Response in Disasters

Oxfam Praises Pope Francis' Unprecedented Climate Change Call to Action

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 08 to 12 June 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 08 - 12 June 2015


Bushfire blankets Golden Bay in smoke


British tourists stranded on mountain in Borneo after serious earthquake


Drought Fears Rise in Canada’s Cattle Country

Heavy rain causes Quebec river to overflow


China reports 31 deaths amid torrential rain


Bombing of Colombian pipeline causes 'environmental tragedy,' Ecopetrol says


Earthquake felt in Greek capital


3000 evacuated as Indonesia upgrades volcano alert

Warning over Indonesia's Sinabung volcano

Indonesia volcano at high alert level unleashes fresh burst

Indonesia, the 'disaster laboratory' - Study


Monsoon rain lashes Northeast India

Strong winds keep a check on rising mercury in Bhopal

Pre-monsoon rain, changing weather spur health ailments

Two dead, 2 injured in landslide in Arunachal Pradesh, school to remain shut after heavy rainfall alert


Series of fires break out in northern Israel, one on Jordan border


Evacuation advisories issued for 370,000 Kyushu residents amid heavy rain


Malaysia Earthquake: Death Toll on Mount Kinabalu Rises

Foreigner arrested as Malaysians blame nude mountain pictures for earthquake


Landslide Hits 6 Villages in Nepal; 15 Feared Dead

30 killed, 12 missing in landslide in Nepal

Impending monsoon season creates dire situation for Nepal's post-earthquake tent cities

North Korea

North Korea Drought to Aggravate Food Shortage

New Zealand

Quarry landslide search reaches Murray Taylor's excavator cab

North Canterbury wildfire fanned by strong winds


5 barangays in Gensan prone to landslide


Kamchatka’s Zhupanovsky volcano spews ash 6 km above sea level


Two die as rain storms lash central Switzerland

United Kingdom

Pilot dies in Isle of Man helicopter crash

United States

Rising Red River floods neighborhoods, parks, roads in Shreveport

Strong winds and rain destroys several East Ridge homes

High Winds Spark Fast-Moving Elk Grove Fire

Drought, insects kill 12 million trees in California

Strong Winds Derail Train Near Kenesaw

Other items of interest

Northern Hemisphere hurricane season off to record start, fueled by El Niño

Maps declaring WA fire-prone areas to be released soon

Three months on from Cyclone Pam, every drop of water counts for island communities

ACTED: Alternatives to coconut - Improving disaster resilience in the Philippines

Philippines: Senate seeks youth empowerment in disaster risk reduction efforts

UK and US join forces to boost natural disaster warning systems

New tools to increase resilience of Pacific Island countries to natural disasters

Funding boost for Caribbean DRR

UN offers to assist Ghana deal with disaster prevention

Federated States of Micronesia reviews disaster risk management lessons from typhoons

Nepal: Subba shows us why cash is key to recovering after disaster






Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 01 - 05 June 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 01st June to 05th June 2015


Mudslide Buries Lift and Buildings at Cerro Catedral in Argentina


Bali Landslide Kills Three Limestone Miners


2 workers killed in Ctg landslide


Massive thunderstorm complex, possible tornado capsized Chinese ship

Five Dead after Torrential Rain in Central China


Petrol station blast in Ghana flood kills 73


Indonesia Raises Volcano Alert Level


India warned of prolonged drought from disrupted monsoons

Fresh landslide at Zojila snaps Srinagar-Ladakh road link

Three kids killed in mudslide in Bihar

Monsoon rains delayed, to arrive by June 5

Government Downgrades Monsoon Forecast, Stokes Fears of Drought

Rajan cuts India rate, says next move hinges on monsoon rain


Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash into sky

Earthquakes, volcanoes give Japan the jitters


At least 3 killed in landslide in Kenya’s coast


6.0-magnitude quake rocks Mt Kinabalu region in Malaysian Borneo


Hurricane Blanca forms, heads toward Mexico resorts



Nepal earthquake: Self-defence for quake survivors

Schools reopen in earthquake-devastated Nepal


Strong winds blow in Karachi as storm 'ashoba' nears city


Philippines: Kalinga assures preparedness for typhoon months

United States

Texas floods: death toll rises as body is recovered and 11 people are still missing

Economic impact of California's drought will grow by $500 million in 2015, to $2.7 billion

Decades-old flood maps still used in parts of Central Texas

Other items of interest

UNSW student recognised for bushfire detection system

Philippines: Local gov urged to back dev't. plans on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

How to tackle climate change adaptation in cities - Opinion

Thailand: NRC to deliberate reforms of natural resources management, disaster management

Pakistan: World Bank approves US$ 125 million to combat natural disasters

Development partners launch climate and disaster resilience initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa

New Zealand: World-first volcano risk assessment system wins accolade

India: World Bank board approves $250 million support to Jhelum and Tawi flood recovery project

Viet Nam needs concrete plans for disaster reduction

Disaster preparedness underfunded

Algeria embraces Sendai Framework

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25th May to 29th May 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 25th May to 29th May 2015


El Nino ignites Western Canada wildfire season



Heavy rain in China kills 35, leaves 13 missing

Mudslides, floods kill 52 in southern, central China

Torrential rain hits Hong Kong



Colombia mudslide kills at least 92



Galapagos volcano eruption raises fears for islands' unique species



Games postponed in typhoon aftermath



India heatwave death toll rises as awareness campaigns launch

Indian heatwave toll at 1360 and rising



Earthquake Shakes Buildings in Tokyo but Causes No Damage

Mount Shindake: the moment Japan's volcano erupts in spectacular fashion



Landslide in Kyrgyzstan kills six, injured 12



Nepal landslides spark fear of flash floods

Nepalese river blocked by landslide flowing again

Kaligandaki exposes landslide risk

Nepal earthquake: international response 'disappointing'



Super typhoon-proof dome houses to rise in Dapitan


United Kingdom

Landslide danger forces RNLI off Newquay beach


United States

Record rainfall causes flooding and chaos in Texas and Oklahoma

1 dead in Oklahoma in torrential rains

Houston Storm Death Toll Up to 19

One year after fatal landslide, Mesa County issues warning to public

Mudslide Blocks Wyoming Highway, Railroad Tracks




Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa


Other items of interest

WMO - Women’s Leadership Programme Showcased at Congress

Europe’s roadmap for Sendai Framework

Barnaby Joyce rejects farmers’ plea for extra drought aid

Bescom suffers Rs 7-crore loss in pre-monsoon rain

Below-par monsoon could further damage rural economy

Virginia offers tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items

Bushfire fuel management takes shape

NOAA: Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year

WMO: Climate and disaster resilience key to sustainable development

USAID - Meet the next generation of disaster responders

UNDP reaffirms partnership with Japan to support Nepal’s efforts to build back better after devastating earthquake

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18th to 22nd May 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18th to 22nd May 2015


Weather warning for Sydney and surrounds as low pressure system intensifies 


Woman Dies in Mudslide in Brazil


Chile: Homes swept away by flood water following torrential rain


Three people killed by lightning as heavy rains flood Guangxi

Flooding kills at least 15 in southern, central China


Colombian town searches for victims of deadly landslide

At Least 52 Dead in Colombia After Flood and Mudslide Sweep Away Homes


300 left homeless after Typhoon Dolphin


Earthquakes in Bihar, north Bengal, Sikkim

Heavy rain lashes Bengaluru, cripples normal life


Nepal Earthquake deadliest on record

Dry landslide destroys 5 houses in Myagdi

New Zealand

Strong winds for Southland


Landslide kills 4 as lightning hits Sheshikoh valley

Solomon Islands

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes near Solomon Islands

Sri Lanka

Heavy pre-Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka

United Kingdom

Heathrow cancels dozens of flights as London hit by high winds and thunderstorms

Kent hit by 4.2 earthquake, shaking houses and waking residents

United States

New Eruption For Kilauea Volcano? Earthquakes Indicate A Lava Buildup

Severe storms touch down across US midsection as states brace for more

Strong Storms Bring Heavy Flooding, Damaging Winds To Parts Of Oklahoma


Drenching rain eliminates 'extreme' drought in Texas

Other items of interest

35 years after eruption, Mount St. Helens has become a laboratory

New CSIRO software to predict and track bushfire movements across landscape in real time

‘Drumbeat’ volcano earthquakes triggered by external noise – study

New Zealand's worst earthquake fear confirmed by sediment survey

Jelly, Lasers Could Help Predict Volcano Eruptions

Immediate lessons from the Nepal earthquake

Philippines Braces for 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Metro Manila




Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 11th May to 15th May 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 11th May to 15th May 2015


Victoria braced for high winds and snow as storm lashes Tasmania


German hailstorm causes injuries


Typhoon Dolphin to Slam Guam with Destructive Winds, Flooding Friday 

New typhoon shelter to open at 11 a.m.


Monsoon may be early but El Nino fear looms


Strong winds, heavy rain thrash eastern Japan


Kenya floods: Deadly mosque wall collapse in Nairobi


Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Rises

Nepal earthquake: Death toll from magnitude 7.3 quake rises to 96 with thousands more injured

13 aftershocks jolt Nepal as toll in fresh earthquake rises to 79

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

Mappers rush to pinpoint landslide risk in Nepal

Relief for Nepal shaken in race to beat monsoon

New Zealand

Flooding in NZ's Wellington area kills one


Telica volcano in Nicaragua erupts just metres in front of hiking group - video


A Strange Underwater Landslide Causes Serious Damage In Norway


Typhoon Noul weakens after lashing Philippines, heads for Japan

Other items of interest

One in four Britons have donated to DEC Nepal earthquake appeal

Washington State Volcano Preparedness Month

Hurricane forecasters add social science to toolbox

Mongolia forges ahead on Sendai Framework

Seeking new ways to address climate change and other pressing issues facing the Pacific

Japan: Supercomputer reduces disaster risk

One year after catastrophic floods, Bosnia and Herzegovina takes stock and looks ahead

UN health agency draws lessons from Ebola to prepare roadmap for future epidemics

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 2nd to 8th May 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 2nd to 8th May 2015



Crews called out to bushfire near Lancefield


What the hail? Storm surprises Vancouver

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Volcano Turrialba spews black ash cloud 6,000ft into air [Video]

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic stunned by two weeks of forest fires


Tornadoes, High Winds Damage Neighborhoods In Northern Germany; 1 Dead


At least four dead, nine missing after landslide on Indonesia's main island, Java


Artificial lake burst triggers flash floods in Kargil; evacuation still on


In Nepal, Preparing for Another Blow: Monsoon Season

Nepal earthquake aftermath: Survivors struggle among the ruins, in pictures

Two fresh tremors felt in Nepal, no damage reported; earthquake death toll nears 8,000

Satellite image shows lethal landslide caused by Nepal quake

60 bodies recovered in Nepal valley hit by quake, mudslide

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake


Typhoon Noul: Philippines evacuates residents threatened by typhoon, volcano


Kasese hit by fresh River Nyamwamba floods

United States

United California's drought grows more dire by the day States

Strong winds, severe weather rip through eastern Nebraska

Firefighters work to get forest fire under control

Ulster County Forest Fire Almost Contained

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Just North Of Venus

VIDEO: Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update

Multiple tornadoes tear through central United States

Massive hailstorm hits Colorado Springs

Other items of interest

Thailand flood threat inspires rising house idea

World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts

UNISDR praises Geneva’s flood management

Nepal Earthquake: Humanitarian Infrastructure (as of 8 May 2015)

Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 29 April–5 May 2015

Global Weather Hazards Summary May 8-14, 2015

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 27 April to 01 May 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 27th April to 01st May 2015


Afghanistan landslide buries remote village, killing 52


PHOTOS: Brisbane is flooding


Deadly landslide hits Salvador in north-east Brazil


Chile's Calbuco volcano covers town of Ensenada in ash


Moment earthquake hit Tibet filmed by survivor


Heavy Rains Leave 3 Dead in Cuba


Nine killed as strong winds, heavy rain lash UP


Nepal earthquake: fears grow for remote villages as over 4,000 confirmed dead

Nepal earthquake video: New footage captures Everest avalanche seconds before destroying base camp

Nepal earthquake: Eight million people affected, UN says

Kathmandu daily exodus may reach 300,000 as residents flee chaos

Landslide fears after Nepal quakes

FAO: Nepal Earthquake’s impact on food security and agriculture likely very high

Scientists warned of ageing risk maps before Nepal quake

Disease fears hit Nepal's quake-hit homeless


Philippines: Are we ready for a 7.2 quake? Legarda urges retrofitting of infrastructures


Storm damages 400 houses in Lampang

Surin village devastated by storm


Forest fire threatens Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear zone

United States

Austin Energy: Most storm outages repaired

California Fire Season 2015: Why This Year Could Be One Of The Worst On Record

Melting snow, not rain, causing flooding in Cascade

Other items of interest

Evidence Aid joins international aid effort in Nepal

A Systematic Review of the Health Impacts of Mass Earth Movements (Landslides)

US hurricane drought is 'basically dumb luck', scientists say

Regional insurance against disasters proposed for APEC economies

To sustain climate adaptation, integrate it with local economies - experts

Lessons on disaster preparedness from the Nepal earthquake

Gambia: Minister underscores significance of sensitisation on disaster mitigation

Benefits of adapting Africa’s infrastructure to climate change outweigh the costs

US: NIST seeks community input on disaster resilience planning guide

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20th to 24th April 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20th to 24th April 2015

NSW storm: three dead as Sydney and Hunter region lashed by wild weather – as it happened 
Australia's east coast battered by cyclonic storm 
Australia storms: Dozens rescued from floods near Sydney 

Brazil: Tornado kills 2 people and leaves 120 injured with winds of up to 200 mph 

Calbuco volcano blankets towns in Chile with ash 
Chile - Volcanic eruption 

Jamshedpur reels under 41 degree Celsius, heat wave to prevail for 72 hours 

Iraq: Situation report on Ramadi crisis 
Iraq crisis map 

Swine flu outbreak kills 24 in Nepal 

Russia Wildfire Smoke Reaches California, Oregon and Washington 
Siberia Wildfire Toll Rises To 34

Sudan: 900+ suspected and confirmed measles cases in Khartoum 

Hundreds evacuated after California wildfire quickly spreads 
California drought to get worse, experts predict 
Live Updates: Severe Thunderstorms Pound the Gulf Coast, South; Funnel Cloud Spotted in Florida 
In pictures: Southern California wildfire  
Giant sinkhole threatens New Jersey homes 

Yemen: Escalating Conflict Flash Update 17, 23 April 2015 

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13 - 17 April 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th - 17th April 2015


Floods in Afghanistan kill 100


Heavy Rain, Thunderstorms Target Argentina to Paraguay and Brazil


Floods hit Sao Paulo in midst of Brazil drought


Cyprus hit by magnitude 5.5 earthquake


Two earthquakes rock Assam in a span of 2 hours

Heavy rain throws life out of gear in Erode


Rare hail storm hits Tel Aviv


Thousands evacuated from flood areas in Kazakhstan


Heavy rains flood Gaza


Siberia wildfire death toll rises to 15

Russia battles deadly new wildfires in eastern Siberia


5.4 magnitude earthquake rattles Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada

United States

High winds cause flight delays, power outages

Dust Storm Slams Salt Lake City; One Dead, Several Injured Along I-80

Heavy rains brings flooding, road closures in Madison County

Wind, drought feed wildfire in Northern California

2 cabins destroyed in wildfire near Fishlake National Forest


Other items of interest

Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge may contaminate Philippines aquifer for years

Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated

Smartphones could become crowdsourced earthquake detectors

WHO: Time running out to reduce climate change threats to health

Philippines: Grade school programme - 80-hour subject on disaster readiness 'too much'?

Taiwan’s disaster management system can help other countries: Premier

Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives

RMS updates European Windstorm and Atlantic Hurricane models

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 06 April - 10 April 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 06th April - 10th April 2015


Hail storms damage more than thousand houses in Mizoram, Tripura


3 Injured in Landslide in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir


Forest Fires Threaten New Fallout From Chernobyl

Saudi Arabia

Sandstorm Engulfs Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain And Other Middle East States


Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought


Two foreign tourists found dead in heat wave-hit Phuket

United States

Heavy Snow Causes Power Outages in Parts of Oneida, Vilas Counties

Flooding and rain in Frankfort cause problems

Leland wildfire damages 475 acres, forces evacuations

Desperate from Drought, California Turns to Desalination

Spring Storm Brings Tornadoes, Grapefruit-Sized Hail, 80 MPH Winds

Flooding, ice close highway to Alaska's North Slope oilfields

Deadly Tornado Touches Down in Illinois

Other items of interest

Urban resilience goes on-line

Vanuatu: Moving from relief to recovery one month after Cyclone Pam

New free resources for communicators of climate change

Indonesia: Muhammadiyah hospitals getting ready for disaster

RMS commends Tokyož²s '50 percent initiative' for setting targets to reduce disaster casualties



Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30 March - 02 April 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30th March - 02nd April 2015


At least nine dead after hurricane strength winds


Burundi landslides 'kill 10' near Bujumbura


Chile floods leave 17 dead, 20 missing and communities pleading for help


1 Injured, 13,000 Affected by Guizhou Earthquake


At least nine dead as fatal storms hit Germany and Austria


Rain, hailstorm claim 5 lives in Munger

Boy dies as hailstorm lashes Panna

15 Bodies Pulled From Home Hit by Landslide in Northern India


After heavy rain, landslide kills 12 in Sukabumi


Homes on western Pacific island destroyed in typhoon

Super typhoon Maysak strikes central Pacific islands killing at least five


Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; six dead

Landslide in Budgam; 221 Families shifted to safer places


Peru capital shaken by 5.2 earthquake, no injuries reported


Earthquakes strike Samoa and Tonga

United States

Southern California wildfire prompts evacuations

Other items of interest

Swiss Re: Cyclone Pam triggers disaster risk payout to Vanuatu

Children and youth and disasters: Victims or 'agents of change'?

AECOM: Opportunities abound as UN forges disaster risk reduction framework

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast


This message is being sent on Thursday 02 April because of a UK national public holiday on Friday 03 April

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd to 27th March 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd to 27th March 2015


Cyclone Nathan: 420 evacuated from remote NT community as storm intensifies 

Croppers count Narrabri, Moree hail losses

Australian Town Of Chinchilla Hit With Softball-Sized Hail From 'Out Of Nowhere'


Floods swamp Chile's Atacama region

Chile Declares Emergency as Wildfires Rage in Ancient Forest


Welcome to the tropics: Bogota covered in 24 inches of snow


Heavy Rains Kill 11 People in Ecuador


Kiribati cyclone damage worse than reported

North Korea

Wild fire spreads from North Korea to South, border passages closed - officials


Peru Landslide Leaves at Least Seven Dead


Bushfire razes over 100 hectares of forest land in east coast


Freak storm a wake-up call

United States

Drought conditions in West raise wildfire risk

Chicago O’Hare Grounds 150 Flights As Snowstorm Moves In — Three Days Into Spring! 

Mudslide victims still out of homes

One killed and several injured as tornado sweeps through Oklahoma


Vanuatu Officials Warn of Food, Water Shortages

Other items of interest

Hong Kong people not ready to deal with natural disasters, experts say

Simultaneous earthquake drills held nationwide

One in six UK homes at risk from flooding, says MPs report

Life in the Philippines: preparing for the next typhoon Haiyan

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

APEC: Women lead way in disaster risk reduction in vulnerable Asia-Pacific - Press release

Philippines, Japan sign agreements on six official development assistance projects

'Philippines needs more R&D investments for evidence-based disaster risk reduction policies, strategies' - NEDA



Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 16th to 20th March 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 16th to 20th March 2015


Parts of North West declared a natural disaster after Tropical Cyclone Olywn

Queensland heatwave: Parts of the state sweltering through extreme conditions

Firefighters try to contain Byfield blaze in central Queensland

Byfield bushfire spreads south as residents warned to leave if unprepared


Winter storm continues to cause travel disruptions in Atlantic Canada

Snowstorm drops up to 50 cm in parts of Atlantic Canada


Valparaiso fire: thousands evacuated as blaze threatens Chilean city

Chile contains huge blaze threatening UNESCO city


China earthquake damages 10,000 homes, say authorities


Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes


Another Storm Raging, Disrupting Flights


Heavy snowfall and hailstorm disrupt daily life in north India

Lightning kills six; heavy rain, hailstorm damage Rabi crops in MP

20,000 Ha crop area damaged in hailstorm, yellow rust in Jammu

Landslides destroy six more houses in Baramulla


Villagers face off over water in drought-ravaged Ratchaburi


Fire breaks out in forest in southern Turkey, damages 1 hectare area


Severe drought hit Uganda

United Kingdom

London smog: Health alert as UK prepares for 'high pollution' blowing in from France

United States

Windy, rainy Portland weather: Uprooted trees, down power lines, landslides

Evacuation advisory issued as crews battle large wildfire

Heat wave: More temperature records set Monday in San Diego County

Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns

California tightens water regulations as drought enters fourth year

12,000 lost power Tuesday due to high winds

Oklahoma wildfire consumes more than 22,000 acres


Vanuatu death toll rises to 24 amid scenes of devastation

Vanuatu president says nation must start anew after cyclone

Cyclone Pam: aid agencies report widespread devastation in Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu islanders forced to drink saltwater

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu islanders face starvation 'within days' following destruction of all crops, warns Unicef

Food concerns mount in Vanuatu after monster cyclone

Cyclone Pam survivor's harrowing story: 'the noise, the destruction and the wind'

Other items of interest

UN forum adopts seven goals to mitigate disaster risks

Philippines delegation to third WCDRR welcomes Japan $4B fund for DRR

Sendai UN World Conference hailed for accessibility

India to host first Asian Ministerial Conference of post-2015 era

Inclusion builds resilience

World Conference adopts new international framework for disaster risk reduction after marathon negotiations

UNDP announces ‘5-10-50': new global programme in support of disaster resilience

Sendai: UN conference adopts new, people-centred disaster risk reduction strategy

Japan and Netherlands join UNISDR in Resilient Cities Initiative

DRR Champions ready for new challenge

Japan: Journalists from abroad share stories of recovery from Kobe Earthquake (Part 1 of 2)

2015 – a year of opportunity on climate

Early warning saves lives, but communities need targeted, useful information

Communities in Japan drafting their own disaster plans

Health ‘a must for HFA2'

WHO: People's health at the centre of new global blueprint to reduce disaster risks

UN Secretary-General calls for massive investment in disaster risk reduction

Japan provides early warning example

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015: Water for a Sustainable World

UN-SPIDER March 2015 Updates

UN-Habitat and Red Cross to partner on Post-Disaster housing

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (A/CONF.224/CRP.1)

Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Multi-hazard early warning systems vital for managing growing risks

Global Weather Hazards Summary, March 13-19, 2015

Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 13th March 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 13th March 2015


Angola floods kill at least 35 children and 27 adults


NSW storm: Hail 'twice the size of golf balls' hits Blue Mountains

Cyclone Olywn brings winds to Western Australian coast 

Cyclone Olwyn inflicts flooding and storm surges on WA's mid-north coast

Sydney storm: High winds and heavy rain batter the west with power out in many suburbs


3 children killed in landslide in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Costa Rica

Airport shut as Costa Rica volcano spews more ash


Students Of Kumasi Wesley Girls Injured In Violent Rainstorm


Major Fire Breaks Out in Similipal Tiger Reserve, Wild Animals Killed


Children wasting away as hunger hits 200,000 in Madagascar

South Africa

Landslide peril in Cape 

Helicopter pilot killed fighting South African wildfire


Public urged to conserve water as drought persists in Taiwan 

Worst Drought In A Decade Hits Taiwan


Sandstorm hits UAE: 48-hour storm weather alert; Dubai rain forecast


Severe gales leave 4,100 without power 

Flood misery across the Highlands as River Ness banks burst


West Virginia Residents Evacuate Homes After Landslide

Mudslide forces hundreds of seniors to evacuate Yonkers apartments

Flood concerns bring Rocky River evacuation plans

3 men rescued from flood waters in Conroe 

Drought-Stricken California Communities Consider Desalination


Cyclone Pam Bearing Down on Vanuatu with Category 5 Winds

Cyclone Pam: massive storm bears down on Vanuatu, with 260,000 people in its path


Back to top Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 2nd to 6th March 2015

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin – 2nd to 6th March 2015


Fighting Patagonia's 'impossible' forest fire


Man dies in landslide in Bosnia as bad weather hits Balkans closing roads, flooding villages