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Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [15th to 21st of December 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [15th to 21st of December 2018]



Tropical Cyclone Owen Boomerangs over Northern Australia

Severe storms in eastern Victoria as flood clean-up begins

Severe thunderstorm hits Sydney, delaying flights and leaving thousands without power


Central Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts sending thick ash high into sky


Deadly Cyclone Phethai makes landfall in India

Cyclone Phethai Passes, Leaves Wet, Cold Trail

Hyderabad turns hill station, mercury plunges by 7oC

Rain, hailstorm drive mercury to fall; Churu coldest in Rajasthan

20 more talukas to be declared drought-affected in Karnataka

Major fire breaks out at Mumbai's ESIC Kamgar hospital


Mexican volcano eruption sends ash two kilometers into the air


Cold Wave in Karachi

South Africa

Almost 200 hotel rooms damaged by severe storm at Sun City

United Kingdom

Storm Deirdre: Wind, snow and rain hit parts of UK

United States of America

Over 100K lose power as high winds hit Washington, Oregon


Other items of interest

New Era of Global Climate Action to Begin under Paris Climate Change Agreement

Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

Emissions Gap Report 2018

Actions and support before 2020: where are we? Paving the way for progress under the Paris Agreement

EU Climate Leadership in Katowice Helped Deliver the Deal on the Paris Agreement Rulebook

Lancet Countdown 2018 Report: Briefing for EU Policymakers

2018 IFRC Climate Change Disasters & Displacement Report

Understanding and reducing agricultural drought risk: Examples from South Africa and Ukraine

Adaptation actions in cities: what works? Report of research findings Committee on Climate Change

Cities Adapt to Extreme Weather: Celebrating Local Leadership

Prepared Communities: Implementing the Urban Community Resilience Assessment in Vulnerable Neighbourhoods of Three Cities

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management: SAICM texts and resolutions of the International Conference on Chemicals Management

Afghanistan Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment

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

Distributional Considerations for Transboundary Risk Governance of Environmental Threats

Regional & Country Risk Profiles and GHG Emissions Fact Sheets

Advancing the Disaster and Development Paradigm

Guidance on spatial technologies for disaster risk management in aquaculture


Thanks for all your support and interest in Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin. This is the last week of publication for the year 2018, and the bulletin will be back next year on the 4th January 2019.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 8th - 14th December 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 8th - 14th December 2018



Extreme heatwave to stretch from northern WA to Adelaide and Melbourne

Warnings as Cyclone Owen bears down on the Northern Territory and Queensland coasts

Parts of Victoria hit with a month's worth of rain in a day as cyclone menaces north


Winter cheer is darkened by toxic smog in Balkans


China's Tangshan orders steel mills to halve output for a week in smog fight

Death toll in southwest China landslide rises to 5


Turkish Cypriots issue health warnings in wake of deadly floods

Costa Rica

Turrialba Volcano Eruption Delays Flights At San Jose Airport


4 killed, over 200 displaced as floods, landslides hits Indonesia's East Java

Eight in Bali and East Java die in landslides


Mexico's Popocatapetl volcano erupts twice

Papua New Guinea

Manam Volcano eruption


COP24: Poland needs to improve its poor air quality

South Africa

Weekend's heavy rain leaves residents with damaged and roofless houses


Turkey train crash: at least 9 dead in Ankara

United States of America

3 dead after snowstorm pummels North Carolina


Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

Other items of interest

WHO Special Report on Health and Climate Change at the COP24 Conference

UNEP 2018. The Adaptation Gap Report 2018. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya

UNDP Report Calls for Adaptation Action in Eastern Europe, Central Asia to Prevent Reversal of Development Gains

Leaving no-one behind: Including a billion people to adapt to climate change

PAHO Disability Inclusion in Hospital Disaster Risk Management (INGRID-H )

The Sphere 2018 Handbook Launch: Humanitatian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitatian Response

Proceedings from Understanding Risk 2018

Disaster Risk Reduction & Open Data Newsletter Dec 2018/Jan 2019 Edition

Arctic's record warming driving 'broad change' in environment, U.S. agency study says

Rising to the Climate Crisis A Guide for Local Authorities on Planning for Climate Change

The Role of Physical Science in Loss and Damage Decision-Making

Global Earthquake Model 2018: A Step Towards Earthquake Resilience

How could climate services support Disaster Risk Reduction in the 21st century

Indicators for adaptation to climate change at national level - Lessons from emerging practice in Europe

Application of GIS for a climate change prepared disaster management in Csongrád County, Hungary

International Federation of Library Associations Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group newsletter


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30th November to 7th December

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30th November to 7th December


'Leave now' order as Queensland bushfires worsen

Queensland: severe storms bring flooding days after bushfires


3 killed and around 300 families affected by flooding and landslides

Colombia - Floods and Landslides


Iraq: Families flee Mosul homes following flash floods

Heavy Rain affected northern Iraq - triggering flooding and damage

Middle East

Deadly flooding strikes the Middle East

New Caledonia (special collectivity of France)

7.5M Earthquake and Tsunami - evacuation order in place


100 houses and workplaces damaged in flood, Bodrum

United Kingdom

Weather warning: Heavy rain causes flooding in south and mid Wales

United States of America

Alaska residents try to return to normalcy after earthquake rocks region

Alaska Earthquake Summary

Flooding hits areas burned by California wildfires

California wildfires: Number of missing falls to 25

Other items of interest

Colombia publishes risk atlas to support Sendai Framework implementation

European Countries Commit to Enhance Efforts to Reduce Disaster Risk

UN highlights urgent need to tackle man-made and technological hazards

Leaders Call for Increased Ambition at Climate Vulnerable Summit

Immediate action is needed to step up climate adaptation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Foresight Workshop: Facing the Future of Europe's Climate (11-13th Dec)

Growing gap between ambition and action as the world prepares for a future with increasing climate risks(PDF report)

USA: Climate change resilience could save trillions in the long run - but finding billions now to pay for it is the hard part

Advancing disaster risk finance in Saint Lucia

Cookbook on institutionalising sustainable CBDRM

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 24th - 30th November 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 24th - 30th November 2018


Queensland bushfire evacuation order widens and conditions set to get worse this week

Sydney storms: Two killed amid flash-flooding chaos


Chinese capital issues first smog alert of winter

China Chemical blast: Blast outside Zhangjiakou plant kills 22

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 17


Deadly landslides hit Morona Santiago, Ecuador


Storm-battered southern Italy hit by more bad weather


Number of injured in quake-stricken areas hits 387


Iraq floods leave 21 dead in two days: health ministry

Lifesaving medicine and medical supplies reach Shirqat to respond to needs of flood victims

Saudi Arabia

Al-Laith under water after torrential rain

United States of America

Ash over the Gulf of Alaska


Usagi leave trail of damage, flooding across Vietnam

Other items of interest

World Risk Report 2018

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

Biodiversity and Health in the face of Climate Change: Report from European 2017 conference

Climate change already a health emergency, say experts

To protect billion dollar tourism industry, Mauritius and Seychelles to restore their coral reefs with new US$10 million grant from Adaption Fund

Climate change could lead to threefold increase in storms that bring flooding to Europe and North America, research show

UK Climate Projections 2018

UK - The Climate Change Act: 10 years on

US National Climate Assessment 2018

Multiple climate hazards hitting India together

Promising Initiatives to Mobilize the Local Community in a Post-disaster Landscape

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

Assessing Global Progress in the Governance of Critical Risks

Avoidable Deaths: A Way Forward

The 2018 report of Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 17th - 23rd November 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 17th - 23rd November 2018



Slow Arctic freeze raises risk of polar bear extinction, say scientists


New South Wales dust storm: spike in reports of breathing difficulties as 'hazardous' front descends on Sydney

Dust, snow, wind and fire: massive weather system hits eastern Australia


Toronto's medical officer of health issues an extreme cold weather alert for the city


China's steelmaking Hebei province issue smog alert

Democratic Republic of Congo

19th November Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness for South Sudan

13 new Ebola cases noted in Democratic Republic of Congo, including family in Katwa


Typhoon Man-Yi causes several evacuation shelters to open, power outages and packed parking


Guatemala volcano eruption forces evacuation of 4,000 residents

Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts - 5th Time This Year.


Misty Friday morning in Delhi, air quality 'very poor'.

Cyclone Gaja kills at least 46 people in the southern state of Tamil Nadu


Huge waterspout forms in the Italian city of Salerno's port harbour

New Zealand

Canterbury farmer shows trail of damage left by 'full-fledged tornado' on his property, including mangled machinery

Widespread Flooding in Dunedin and Otago


Tropical depression Samuel makes 6th landfall in Palawan

1 dead, thousands displaced as Tropical Depression Samuel cuts through Samar


Train derails near Barcelona, killing one and injuring dozens

United States of America

Baltimore health commissioner declares code blue extreme cold alert

California wildfires: Rain brings threat of mudslides

Camp Fire death toll grows to 83 as six more victims are ID'ed

California wildfires: smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away

California wildfires: Rain will help stop the blaze but brings danger of flash floods


Tropical Storm Toraji Triggers Landslides Killing 13, 4 Others Still Missing.

Other Items of Interest

WHO condemns attack on health care in Eastern Mediterranean Region

The Geneva Association: Managing Physical Climate Risk—Leveraging Innovations in Catastrophe Risk Modelling

Civil engineering academic calls for more emphasis on earthquake risk reduction

IFRC World Disasters Report Leaving no one behind Executive Summary 2018

IFRC World Disaster Report Leaving no one behind full report 2018

PLACARD Connectivity Hub - a search and discovery tool for CCA & DRR

Wildfires destroying California bring questions about health and climate

Arizona State University: Amazonian peatlands may soon switch from a carbon sink to a carbon source

Evidence Aid Podcasts: Talking therapy for the management of mental health in low- and middle-income countries affected by mass human tragedy

Countries to gather in Geneva under UNECE Convention on Industrial Accidents to strengthen industrial safety for Sustainable Development Goals and Sendai Framework

UN-Habitat Thematic Guide Addressing The Most Vulnerable First: Pro-poor Climate Action in Informal Settlements

A New Guiding Framework for Engaging Diverse Populations in Disaster Risk Reduction: Reach, Relevance, Receptiveness, and Relationships

UNDP: Climate Change Adaptation in Europe and Central Asia: Adapting to a changing climate for resilient development

UNESCO and The World Bank: Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery

UNISDR: Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience In The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10th to 16th November 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10th to 16th November 2018


Brazil: Mudslide in Rio de Janeiro state kills 10


Drought affects 13 provinces


China sounds 'grim' warnings on winter smog as heating season begins on Thursday


India: Cyclone Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu with flooding rain, damaging winds

Tropical Cyclone Gaja update

No relief from pollution, toxic smog envelops Delhi


5 killed in floods, landslides in West Indonesia

3 killed as landslides hit central Indonesia


Kuwait Airport Suspends Flights Due to Rain, Poor Weather


Mudslide kills two women in Haripur

Sri Lanka

UPDATE: RED ALERT issued to the Northern province due to cyclone Gaja

South Africa

Central SA residents without water amidst extreme #HeatWave

United States of America

California wildfires: Number of missing leaps to 631

California - Forest fires and wildfires update

Dangerous flooding along Hana Highway causes multiple landslides

United Kingdom

1,000 lose power as rain and wind bring flooding

Other items of interest

Surface water and flood dynamics increase vulnerability to waterborne disease and climate change

Financing Outbreak Preparedness: Where Are We and What Next?

Climate change increases risk of outbreaks in Africa

Communicating risk from the frontline: projecting community voices into disaster risk management policies across scales

Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion in emergencies

Preliminary Findings from the Saint Thomas Strong Study

Social vulnerability and the role of Puerto Rico's healthcare workers after Hurricane Maria

Climate Risk Profile: Tunisia

Policy points out key threats to Samoa

NIMFRU: Improving Flood Resilience In Uganda

Germany gives € 5 million for Sendai Framework implementation

ESCWA Water Development Report 7: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab Region

Diversity in Disaster; Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 3, October 2018.

Community Recovery; Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 2, January 2018.

Looking beyond the Decade of Vaccines Editorial| Volume 392, ISSUE 10160, P2139, November 17, 2018

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [3rd-9th November 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [3rd-9th November 2018]



Melbourne weather: Flash flooding as massive deluge hits

Port Macquarie pummeled by large sized hailstones


Nearly 300 farm animals dead in barn fire near Mount Forest


North India pollution: Delhi's air quality 'improves', but still in 'severe' category

Maharashtra government announces drought in 151 Talukas


Floods sweep through North Sumatra, Riau and West Java

Landslides hit Agam and West Pasaman districts, West Sumatra


Garissa commits Sh60 million to curb desertification

New Zealand

Highway Bridge washed out; students stranded in mountain lodge as severe weather batters the West Coast

Strong winds and power outages across Quebec

South Africa

No end in sight for fires raging along Garden Route

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland flooding: Travel disruption as roads and rail lines close

Flooding hits parts of Wales as people are evacuated from homes

United States of America

Paradise Fire: California wildfire leaves town in ruins

Tornado confirmed in Baltimore, killing 2

Thousands still without power after strong winds rip through Maine


Other Items of Interest

OECD Bridging the Digital Gender Divide Include, Upskill, Innovate

Argentina's mega-storms attract army of meteorologists

Weathering Financial Shocks from Disasters in the Pacific Islands

Critical Factors for Post-disaster Educational Continuity in Urban Floods in South and Southeast Asia

A review of studies on participatory early warning systems (P-EWS): Pathways to support citizen science initiatives

Improving Understanding of Flood Risk: the Effects of Lowering the Cost of Accessing Flood Risk Information

The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain: Contributions of Volunteered Geographic Information to Community Disaster Resilience

Weather: UK experiencing hotter days and 'tropical nights' - Met Office

First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health 2018

International Data Week 2018

Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum (URF-Pacific)


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [27th October - 2nd November 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [27th October - 2nd November 2018]



An Iceberg 5 times bigger than Manhattan just broke off from Antarctica


Eastern Australia bushfires and thunderstorms prompt health risk warnings


More than 2000 vehicles trapped on French roads overnight and 195,000 homes deprived of electricity as snow and ice hit central France.


Household emissions adding to air pollution in India: UN


Lion Air crash: Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta

Lion Air crash: 'Black Box' from crashed jet retrieved


Venice's Rising Waters, Locals Fear for the City's Treasures

Italy storms kill 11 and floods inundate St Mark's Basilica, Venice

Italy storms: landslides across Italy have claimed 5 more lives

Mariana Islands

Super Typhoon Yutu leaves deep dent in Saipan's tourism economy

Super Typhoon Yutu destroys over 500 homes and left over 1000 people homeless in Northern Marianas

Super Typhoon Yutu impacts: 1 killed, 133 injured by storm

New Zealand

Strong winds batter Auckland: Power outages, roads blocked


Typhoon Yutu: death toll reaches 15 after landslides hit Philippines

 South Africa

Eight people killed in Western Cape forest fire

Two million bees relocated as fires ravage southern Cape

South Korea

Typhoon Yutu: South Korea begins airlift of trapped tourists


Trinidad: 550 food businesses impacted by floods

United States of America

Southern Storms Kill at Least 2; Dam Failure 'May Be Imminent' in Arlington, Texas; Planes Damaged at Baton Rouge Airport

Severe storms turn deadly in southern US as tornadoes rip across Mississippi, Louisiana


Other Items of Interest

The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) October 2018 newsletter.

WHO: Air pollution and child health: prescribing clean air

WHO: How air pollution is destroying our health

Rising air pollution will impact rainfall patterns in India: UN report

International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO October 2018 Newsletter

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

The Committee on Climate Change: Managing the coast in a changing climate

International Institute for Environment and Development: Responding to climate change in cities and in their informal settlements and economies

International Organisation for Migration Progress Report on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in 2018: Taking SENDAI Forward.

Asian Development Bank: Scaling up resilience-building measures through community-driven development projects

Long-Term and Immediate Impacts of Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM) Education Interventions in a Rural Chinese Earthquake-Prone Transitional Village

BOMA Canada 2019 Resilience Brief



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20th to 26th October 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20th to 26th October 2018


Bemboka bushfire expenses hit $2.4million


Mudslide in Colombia kills at least nine people

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola virus disease - WHO disease outbreak update


Summary of floods that affected southern France last week - 14 dead and 76 injured


In pictures: Rome suffers freak hailstorm and flooding


Nearly Half Of Maharashtra Declared Drought-Hit


Jordan flash floods kill at least 19, including children on field trip


At least 7 dead following landslide in Penang, Malaysia


Family missing in Oaxaca landslide; more than 25 slides reported on one highway

Tropical Cyclone Willa Update


Heavy rains leave at least 17 dead in October

Trinidad and Tobago

Flooding - flood alert #3 issued


Bududa mudslide death toll reaches 60

United States of America

Officials: 35 lives, $3 billion in timber lost to Michael

Utah's Extreme Drought Prompts a State of Emergency

Thousands still without power more than a week after Hurricane Michael

Super Typhoon Yutu leaves of damage and destruction in U.S. Northern Mariana Islands


11 killed, thousands displaced by Yemen tropical storm

Yemen: Death toll from tropical storm Luban rises to 12

Other items of interest

Global Platform 2019 for Risk Reduction now live

UN World Data Forum October 22-24 2018

SDSN TReNDS Monitoring the SDGs by means of the census      

WHO Bulletin Healthy living, well-being and the sustainable development goals

SDSN Networks in Action 2018

UN World Data Forum: Many deaths can be avoided with better data: UN deputy chief

OCHA Centre for humanitarian data: connecting people and data to improve lives

OCHA Information Management

World Health Organisation Kobe Centre Forum report "Global Action for Scientific Evidence Improvement in Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management"

The role, influence and impact of women in biodiversity conservation

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

UN World Data Forum 2018 wraps up with launch of Dubai Declaration

POPGRID - Enhanced Population, Settlement and Infrastructure Data

Mobile Phone Data to Understand Climate Change and Migration Patterns in Bangladesh

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and TReNDS Value of Data Case Studies

Landsat's Earth Observation Data Support Disease Prediction, Solutions to Pollution, and More   A Case Study of Landsat Prepared by SDSN TReNDS

Bangladeshi Slums Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality  with the Help of Innovative Health Data  A Case Study of BRAC's Manoshi Project Prepared by SDSN TReNDS

Data Sharing via SMS Strengthens Uganda's Health System  A Case Study of mTRAC, Uganda Prepared by SDSN TReNDS

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th to 19th October 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 13th to 19th October 2018


Strong winds knock power out for thousands across Quebec


Several killed by Mudslide post flooding


France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 10 in south-west


Tropical Cyclone Titli Kills dozens in eastern India


At least 22 killed in Indonesia Floods and Landslides

Another Tragedy Strikes Indonesia As Landslides Kill School Children

Indonesia - Earthquake/Tsunami latest figures


Four northern states feel the effects of Tropical Storm Sergio - causing evacuation


Storm Leslie: Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds - leaving 300,000 without power

Portugal - Tropical Cyclone Leslie


Flash floods - leaves 2 dead


Uganda says landslide death toll rises to 43, begins relocations

Uganda mudslides, floods spur deaths, destruction

United Kingdom

Storm Callum: Two dead as extreme weather wreaks havoc

United States of America

Friday US briefing: Six dead as Hurricane Michael tears through south

Hurricane Michael death toll grows to 19 after body found in Mexico Beach

Deadly onslaught of flooding hits Texas after days of rain


Yemen- Tropical Cyclone LUBAN

Other items of interest

Diversity in Disaster

Redcross - Best Practice Guidelines: Supporting Communities Before, During and After Collective Trauma Events

Oxfam - Using community-centred approaches to build resilience at scale

Argentina: CONAE launches new SAOCOM 1 satellite for effective Earth observation and disaster management

Center for health security report highlights 15 emerging technologies with potential to reduce global catastrophic biological risks

Philippines: NDRRMC, private sector, and UNDP draw up national framework for disaster risk reduction

UNISDR calls for risk-informed investment

USA: Actions the government can take to lessen the damage of future floods

We should be worried about the impacts of climate change on mental health

Climate disasters cause global economic losses to soar - UN

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 6th to 12th of October 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 6th to 12th of October 2018

Central America:

Reliefweb: Central America: Floods and landslides

Central America - Flash floods and mudslides

Costa Rica:

Heavy Rains Cause Floods & Landslides In Central Pacific

Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC - Ebola outbreak - 29 new confirmed cases within a week


12 people died and almost 200 were injured after a powerful magnitude 5.9 quake struck Haiti

Haiti - Earthquake 17 deaths and 333 injured.


6,000 impacted by flooding and landslides in Honduras


Three dead, IMF summit shaken as strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, Bali

Indonesia - 7.5M Earthquake and Tsunami Impact


Iran Hit Hard By Floods In The North, Dust Storms In The South

Extreme rainfall, unprecedented flash floods wreak havoc, leave 7 dead in northern Iran


Nigeria - Floods update


700 firefighters in Portugal battle wildfire west of Lisbon


Majorca flash flood kills at least 10 on Spanish island

United Kingdom

Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of Scotland

United States of America

Hurricane Michael: Florida hit by strongest US storm since 1992

Other items of interest

European Climate Change Adaptation conference (28-31 May 2019) Abstract Deadline extended

Use of evidence in the humanitarian sector: A practice guide

UNIDSR Economic Losses, Poverty & Disasters: 1998-2017

Oasis Loss Modelling Framework offered open source and free of charge

First Africa-Arab DRR platform opens

Working across borders to improve early warnings in South Eastern Europe

Study report: Kerala floods of August 2018

Understanding excess mortality from not-so-natural disasters

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [29th September - 5th October 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [29th September - 5th October 2018]


Old Fort Landslide Continues to Grow as Residents Wrestle with Water Shortage


6 Months' Worth of Rain in 3 Hours, Unprecedented Rain Floods Dubrovnik, Croatia


Fiji Earthquake: 8.1 Quake Hits near Suva


Powerful 'Medicane' Storm Strikes Greece; Three People Missing


Typhoon Trami: Three Reported Dead and 200 Hurt


Indonesia's Race to Find Survivors after Earthquake and Tsunami

Indonesia: CERF allocates US$15M for People Affected by Earthquake and Tsunami

'Full impact' of Indonesia Disaster Unclear, UN Teams Push into Worst-Hit Areas

Volcano Erupts on Quake-Hit Indonesian Island

United States of America

Hurricane Walaka and Typhoon Kong-rey Become First Simultaneous Category 5 Storms in 13 Years

Hurricane Rosa aftermath: Engineers will Check Arizona Dam at Risk of Failure


Other Items of Interest

UNISDR: Private Sector Study Preparedness for Enhanced Resilience after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Dominica and the British Virgin Islands

UNISDR calls for Greater Attention to Disaster Risk in Pacific's "Ring of Fire"

Yemen Cholera Outbreak Accelerates to 10,000+ Cases per Week: WHO

Finding the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health, Suggestions for additional resources to be included in the resource guide are welcome, and will be considered for future updates. Please send these to

UNISDR: How to Make Cities more Resilient: A Handbook for Local Government Leaders

Integrated Health Education in Disaster Risk Reduction: Lesson Learned from Disease Outbreak Following Natural Disasters in Indonesia

Developing Disaster Risk Management Approaches for Climate Risks

Mapping the Vulnerability of Human Health to Extreme Heat in the United States

European Cities Pioneer DRR Peer Review

WMO and Hong Kong Observatory Strengthen Cooperation

EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events (ANYWHERE) Project 3rd Workshop - 13th-14th November, Barcelona

UNISDR European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) - 21st - 23rd November, Rome

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd to 28th of September 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd to 28th of September 2018


Dozens evacuated as forest fire erupts in southern Croatia

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola outbreak - one new confirmed case

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic - Cholera outbreak


Mediterranean hurricane dubbed 'Medicane' to hit Greek islands


Heavy rain and flooding - as of 24th September at least 34 dead and 100,000 displaced.


Forest fire forces 700 people to evacuate near Pisa


Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed after landslide in Ramban District  

22 dead as heavy rain triggers flash floods, landslides in northern states


Mexico - Flash floods, 7 people have been killed and 5 are still missing


Nigeria: CDC Monkeypox Update Epi Week 37


Mudslide kills mother, three daughters in Landikotal


Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut. at least 22 dead.

Digging continues as Cebu landslide death toll rises to 45


Flash Floods have killed 5 people

United Kingdom

Two cases of monkeypox imported to the United Kingdom, September 2018

United States of America

Wyoming wildfire forces evacuations, closes highway south of Jackson

High winds knock out power to more than 2,400 in Maine

Thousands in South Carolina brace for post-Florence flooding


Other items of interest

Guide: Finding the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health

An overview of how ISO standards contribute directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October

Copernicus Risk & Recovery Mapping: Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction around the globe

Science and Politics of Death Tolls

The weight of water on women: the long wake of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico

The inverse response law: Theory and relevance to the aftermath of disasters

Is air pollution a disaster in Indian cities?

Empowering Australians with disability to prepare for natural disasters

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Lessons from Mexico's earthquake early warning system

Sikkim gets sensor-based landslide warning system ahead of being on aviation map of India

Kenya boosts risk reduction capacity

2018 Technical Forum Leveraging on the Sendai Framework Monitoring (SFM) Process in Support of the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement

Forest fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2017 European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), 2018

Building Sri Lanka's resilience to climate change

Mass evacuations save lives in extreme weather

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [15th to 21st September 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [15th to 21st September 2018]



Millions risk running out of water in severe drought


Bottled water sent to drought-stricken region of Nova Scotia


Typhoon Mangkhut: South China battered by deadly storm

China evacuates millions after Typhoon Mangkhut leaves Hong Kong in tatters

Typhoon Mangkhut: Hong Kong's outlying islands face long road to recovery after storm devastates homes and businesses


Drought conditions in Australia spread north as Indonesia feels the bite of the big dry

30 Villages in Ngawi Face Water Crisis due to Prolonged Drought


Typhoon Mangkhut Reaches Luzon

Philippines typhoon toll hits 81, expected to rise

Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut


Lethal mudslide sweeps through border refugee camp

United Kingdom

Storm Ali: Two killed as severe winds lash UK and Ireland

Storm Bronagh brings more strong winds and UK 'danger to life warning'

United States of America

A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence death toll rises to 42 as South Carolina expects more record flooding

1 home lost in growing Wyoming wildfire

Western wildfires force evacuations of hundreds of homes


State of emergency extended for Vanuatu's volcanic Ambae

Other items of interest

Understanding and acting on the complexity of climate change

Transforming aid for urban areas

Climate-ADAPT Sharing adaptation information across Europe

Implementation of the Paris Agreement critical to avoid large increase in temperature-related deaths

Heatwave and mortality in 31 major Chinese cities: Definition, vulnerability and implications

Europe continues to phase out substances harmful to the ozone layer under the Montreal Protocol

Can We Build Useful Models of Future Risk from Natural Hazards?

How to become a resilience chef

Countries give only limited information on the results of their policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Impacts of fires on water quality

European waters getting cleaner, but big challenges remain

Recovering from Hurricane Maria

WHO calls for urgent action to end TB

Mercury pollution remains a problem in Europe and globally

European Climate Change Adaptation conference - call for abstracts closing 10 October 2018.  



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [8th to 14th September 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [8th to 14th September 2018]


12,000 residents evacuated as typhoon Barijat approaches Guangdong


Death toll rises after earthquake on Japan's Hokkaido Island

North Korea

Flooding kills dozens in North Korea, thousands left homeless: Red Cross


Drought alert issued for Sindh and Balochistan


Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Alerts issued as huge storm nears Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm


Violent Flash Floods Cause Destruction in Toledo Province

United Sates of America

Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm to soon hit North Carolina

Tropical Storm Olivia: Maui County evacuating several homes amid storm

Forest fire above Glendora and Azusa burns 166 acres; is 54 percent contained

Other items of interest

Evidence Aid - resources for Windstorms updated 13 September 2018

New Zealand Natural hazards 2017

Transformation and innovation in the wake of devastation: an economic and disaster recovery plan for Puerto Rico

Flood, drought and satellites: online tools boost climate cooperation

Loss and damage from a gender equality perspective

Effective adaptation to rising flood risk

Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: Evidence from the World Climate simulation

HiWeather workshop on increasing the value of weather-related warnings

New York: Barnard students hospitalized amid city-wide heat wave




Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - [1st to 7th September 2018]

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 1st to 7th September 2018


The challenge of 'farming the desert' in Australia


All eight confirmed dead from China mudflow

Torrential rain batters 1.2M in China


Fijians warned to save water to deal with drought


Kerala, After the Flood: Aftermath of calamity shows need for institution dedicated to coordinating rescue efforts


Water solicitation for drought-ridden Sistan-Baluchestan to ease water stress


Kansai counts the cost of Typhoon Jebi

Ship smashes into Kansai airport bridge as typhoon hits Japan

Japan's Waters Run Brown after Typhoon Jebi

Earthquake buries homes under landslides in Hokkaido, Japan

20,000 ordered to evacuate as rain lashes central, northeastern Japan


Mexico - 10,000 Hit by Floods in Piedras Negras, Coahuila

United Sates of America

Tropical Storm Gordon, never a hurricane, killed a child blowing down tree

California wildfire nears interstate highway as families ordered to evacuate

Water levels continue to drop at Lake Mead, Lake Powell: Colorado River basin


Flash floods, landslides caused by rain claim 14 lives in Vietnam

Other items of interest

UN urges greater focus on fire risk following Greek wildfire tragedy

UNISDR's annual report for the 2016-17 biennium is now online

Words into Action guidelines - Disaster displacement: How to reduce risk, address impacts and strengthen resilience (Public consultation version)

Annual report on Disaster statistics in 2017 (previously Annual Disaster Statistics Review) is released!

Assessment of State, Local, and Territorial Zika Planning and Preparedness Activities — United States, June 2016-July 2017

Alignment to advance climate-resilient development

Climate-ADAPT 10 case studies: How Europe is adapting to climate change

The Impact of Typhoon Haiyan on Health Staff: a Qualitative Study in two Hospitals in Eastern Visayas, the Philippines

The girl whose home could slip away

This Startup Slices the World Into 57 Trillion Squares

Reducing the Future Risk of Trauma: On the Integration of Global Disaster Policy within Specific Health Domains and Established Fields of Practice

Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH)






Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25th July to 31th of August 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25th July to 31th of August 2018

Burma (Myanmar)

Dam breach forces thousands to evacuate their homes


6,200 remain without power in Montreal and South Shore after storms


Uttarakhand flood: Two killed, one injured in landslide


Iran earthquake injures hundreds, fatalities reported


Heavy rains continue in Hokuriku

20,000 ordered to evacuate as rain lashes central, northeastern Japan

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, forcing villagers to flee

New Zealand

Auckland school flooded as front crosses North Island

South Korea

Heavy rain kills one, injures two in Seoul

United Sates of America

Schools forced to close early due to heatwave on the East Coast 

Flooding in Wisconsin due to severe thunderstorms

Severe storms cut power to over 100,000, trigger new round of flooding in Midwest

Hurricane Lane dumped 52 inches of rain on Hawaii


Clean water delivered to Pentecost after volcanic ash fall


Floods kill 3 in northern Vietnam

Other items of interest

UN disaster risk reduction regional workshop begins in Doha

Cholera Outbreak in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya - November 2015-June 2016

The effect of natural disasters on cancer care: a systematic review

Armed conflict and child mortality in Africa: a geospatial analysis

ECHO Daily map- Droughts in central and northern Europe for July and August

China to improve smog control via satellite remote sensing

Puerto Rico increases Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975

Register Now:  Workshop on Medical Product Shortages During Disasters

Register to attend:  Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum

Call for application:  Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Measuring up- How the UK is performing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18th July to 24th of August 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18th July to 24th of August 2018


British Columbia wildfires: Smoky skies in western Canada

Toronto braces for more flooding due to heavy rainfall


Typhoon Rumbia causes 24 deaths, flooding in Shandong

China allocates flood relief materials for Shandong, Anhui


Forest fires break out near Berlin, hundreds forced to evacuate


Heavy monsoon spell wreaks havoc in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh

Kerala Floods up to 400 deaths

A Flood for the Century in India


Pontianak urges school closure for smog

Indonesia's Lombok, Sumbawa islands again hit by deadly quakes


Italy: At least 11 killed by flash flood in Calabria gorge


Powerful Typhoon Cimaron hits western Japan, injures 13 in 7 prefectures

ECHO Daily map of tropical Cyclone Soulik and Cimaron


Flooding leaves parts of Liberia's capital under water

New Zealand

Buildings 'blown to pieces' by tornadoes in Ohope, New Plymouth

South Korea

2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan


Tropical depression brings heavy flooding to south Taiwan

United States of America

Oregon air quality: Advisory extended, lingering wildfire smoke keeps levels at 'unhealthy'

Dane County braces for more rain after flooding and washed-out roads.  

Hurricane Lane: Hawaii hit by flooding and landslides as storm nears.


7.3-magnitude quake jolts Venezuela, no tsunami threat

Other items of interest

Micronesia forges a way forward to health security in the Pacific

USA: How forecasting models are changing the way we fight fires

Typhoon hazard map helping Japanese people predict strong wind

A breakthrough in combating the risk of flooding in the USA

Major outbreaks averted, thousands of lives saved; but Rohingyas continue to be vulnerable: WHO.  

Evidence Aid Annual Report 2017

Resilient cities report 2018

Central America: Drought - Information Bulletin 

Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM)- Asian Pacific conference 2018

Asia-Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) 2018 Conference - Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended

High Impact Weather Project- Call for Applicants

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 11th to 17th of August

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 11th to 17th of August


NSW south coast homes under threat from two out-of-control bushfires


Tropical downpours to raise flood risk in eastern, southern China this week

Five injured in 5.0-magnitude quake in Yunnan


Colombia Floods - 30 000 people have been evacuated after main rivers reached alert levels

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo - Ebola outbreak


Genoa bridge death toll rises to 35 as more bodies pulled from rubble


Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due

Kerala Floods - death toll rose to 73. 25 people lost their lives on 15 August alone

16 dead as heavy rains, floods, landslides hit Himachal Pradesh


Lombok Earthquake - verified fatalities number of 392, with 1,353 people injured and 387,067 people displace

Indonesia: Death toll continues to rise, thousands remain displaced

United States of America

California wildfires: Thousands evacuated as Lake Elsinore threatened

More than 100 large wildfires in U.S. as new blazes erupt

US: Torrential rain, flooding to continue across northeast


Thousands evacuated from tiny Vanuatu island as volcanic ash rains down on everything


Heavy rains causing rivers to overflow, affecting over 57 900 people


Hà Giang repairs landslide road due to heavy rain


Other items of interest

Disability inclusion and disaster risk reduction: overcoming barriers to progress

School district crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plans - United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016

Using climate information for climate-resilient water management: moving from science to action

Heat: the next big inequality issue

CDC EPIC: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies During Public Health Emergencies - Webinar August 22nd.

Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Operational readiness and preparedness in neighbouring countries

The First Global Forum on HEAT and HEALTH - Hong Kong Dec 17-20

Prioritizing the needs of children in a changing climate

Overview of earthquakes on the European continent between 2000 and 2017, providing data on economic damages, mortality and the number of people affected by country.

Australia: Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 4th July to 10th of August 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 4th July to 10th of August 2018


42 forest fires burning in northeast Ont., with 19 of them out of control


Record temperatures could hit Spain, Portugal amid European heat wave


Helicopters help evacuate 1,600 campers after flooding in southern France


Grenada - Floods (GoG, media, DG ECHO, DG ECHO partners) (ECHO Daily Flash of 03 August 2018)


Uttar Pradesh monsoon: Toll rises to 183 as three more die in rain-related incidents; major rivers in spate triggers flood fears

Over 2500 hit in Bankura as 224mm rain triggers floods


Lombok earthquake: Death toll rises to 259 amid rescue efforts

91 People Perished Due to 7 Richter Scale Earthquake on NTB, Assistance Pouring in


Thousands ordered to evacuate as torrential rain continues to pummel Japan

2,000 households in Yamagata told to evacuate amid landslides and flooding


14 killed in landslides in western Nepal


Monsoon rain caused one dead amid landslide in AJK: NDMA


At peak of European heatwave, Portugal battles wildfire, power outage

Spain and Portugal swelter as heat wave kills 3 people


Heat wave in Spain claims eight lives

South Korea

Record-breaking temperatures leave 29 dead in South Korean heatwave

South Korean heatwave causes record deaths

United States of America

Thousands more evacuated from California's largest wildfire

California wildfires: Deadly fire tornado reaches wind speeds of more than 143mph


Other items of interest

Heatwaves and health

Applications for UN International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction close 31 August

Pakistan launches Earth observation satellite to monitor disasters

Knowing what we know: Reflections on the development of technical guidance for loss data for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Nepal government's emergency response to the 2015 earthquake: a case study

Greening finance: embedding sustainability in financial decision making

Prioritizing the needs of children in a changing climate

India's Government teams up with Google to improve flood management

Quantifying excess deaths related to heatwaves under climate change scenarios: a multicountry time series modelling study

Japan to launch new satellite-based system for disaster prediction

State of the UK climate 2017

The influence of impact-based severe weather warnings on risk perceptions and intended protective actions

Use of death counts from vital statistics to calculate excess deaths in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria

Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness 2018

An Evaluation of Global Hazard Communication with Ethical Considerations

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 28th July to 3rd of August 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 28th July to 3rd of August 2018


IOM Staff Tackle Floods and Landslides to Support Rohingya Refugees During Monsoon


More Than 130,000 Evacuated as Tropical Storm Hits Shanghai


Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of the southeastern parts of Colombia


Forest fire outside Berlin sets off WWII munition, 200-300 evacuated


Greece's wildfire disaster - leaving 87 dead and countless missing


Uttar Pradesh: Seventy people killed in rain-related incidents in four days


Indonesia - Earthquake Update - Echo Daily Flash

3 killed, 12 injured as 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits C. Indonesia


Typhoon Jongdari: Japan storm cuts power to thousands


Unusual hailstorm hits Jalisco, killing one, injuring 40

97 injured as Mexican plane crashes at airport in hail storm


Myanmar | Floods

10 killed and more than 100,000 forced to flee homes in Myanmar floods


Landslides in northern Thailand kill seven; houses, roads damaged

Mudslide-hit village in Nan province evacuated

United Kingdom

UK heatwave: Storms sweep in as temperatures cool

United States of America

Heavy rain, lightning cause major damage, flooding across Albuquerque

Deadly wildfires blaze across California amid fears that 'the worst is yet to come'

'A fire tornado': death toll in massive California blaze rises to five, 37,000 evacuated

California wildfires kill 8 people, and brutal heat spells more danger


Ambae island evacuated again over volcano eruption

State of emergency in Vanuatu as volcanic ash blacks out sun


Hanoi considers evacuation of 14,000 households after heavy rains, 2 drowned and 4,00 already evacuated


Other items of interest

Building Back Better : Achieving Resilience through Stronger, Faster, and More Inclusive Post-Disaster Reconstruction

Could we deliver aid before a disaster strikes?

European Climate Change Adaptation conference - Call for abstracts

The benefits of cyclones: A valuation approach considering ecosystem services

The socio economic vulnerability index: A pragmatic approach for assessing climate change led risks-A case study in the south-western coastal Bangladesh

WHO Air Pollution and Child Health publication

DRR and Open DATA newsletter - August Edition

UK Armed Forces on high alert for hurricane season - UKOT

European policy development in DRR and CCA - White Paper on the Future of Europe

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 Report Nature-Based Solutions for Water

SPINE: analysis of CCA and DRR actors across Europe

Toxic algae spreads in Baltic waters in biggest bloom in years

Cutting dikes, cutting ties? Reintroducing flood dynamics in coastal polders in Bangladesh and the Netherlands

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018 Report Nature-Based Solutions for Water

International Doctoral Program in Global Health, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Medicine

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 21st to 27th July 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 14th to 27th July 2018


Landslides, floods kill five children in South Eastern Bangladesh


Mandatory evacuation of Key River, Ont., area recommended due to forest fire

More than 50 told to evacuate as forest fire near Parry Sound quadruples in size

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on


Torrential rain kills 12 in northwest China's Gansu


Heatwave wreaks havoc across Europe


Forest fires rage on either side of Athens; at least 3 dead

Greek wildfires death toll climbs to 80

Greece wildfires: search for missing family members after 79 dead


Heavy rains flood parts of India, Gujarat and Kerala worst affected

Kerala rain: Death toll climbs to 41


Iran's 5.9 Richter Scale Earthquake Injures 156 People

Iran - Echo Daily Flash - Earthquake

Earthquake Hits Western Iran, 300 Injured


Japan: Heat spikes to 41.1C near Tokyo as high temps to continue until August

Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts

Death toll from torrential rain reaches 218

Western Japan rain disaster causes 120 bil. yen of agricultural damage


Laos dam collapse: Survivors and NGOs query official toll


Myanmar claws through rubble for 27 buried in jade mine landslide


Floods kill 12 in Inner Mongolia


Philippines: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 1

Death toll in Philippines monsoon flooding rises to 8


Echo Daily Flash - Forest Fire Update

Evacuations ordered in Sweden as fires rage as far north as Arctic Circle

United Kingdom

UK heatwave: Hottest day of year as temperatures soar


Fires in a Dry, Hot Colorado Summer

High winds causes boat capsizes near Branson, killing 17


Vietnam flood death toll rises to 27, more rain forecast



INQUIMUS 2018 Workshop: Methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience

WHO: Information and public health advice: heat and health

WHO: Health advice: how to keep cool in the heat

The Emerging Private Residential Flood Insurance Market in the United States

Heat-related deaths set to treble by 2050 unless UK Govt acts

Associations between high ambient temperatures and heat waves with mental health outcomes

Ireland: National Preparedness to Adapt to Climate Change

Country progress in the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

An international program on Silk Road Disaster Risk Reduction

UK aid helps end Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo - potentially preventing it “reaching our shores”

Climate change and women's health: Impacts and policy directions

ANYWHERE 3rd Workshop 13th-14th November 2018

Implications of converging conflicts, emergencies, and mass gatherings for global health security

UK What Works Centres: Aims, methods and contexts, Institute of Education, UCL

UNIDSR: Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - A Vision of Risk-Informed Sustainable Development by 2030

Concept Note Sixth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 13-17 May 2019, Geneva, Switzerland - Proposed overall theme: “Resilience1 Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies”

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 09 to 13 July 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 09th to 13th July 2018 


Temagami forest fire has residents on evacuation notice as Ontario asks for nationwide help

Heat wave leaves morgue overcrowded

Up to 70 people dead after Quebec heat wave



Typhoon Maria Kills 1, Injures 3, Cuts Power to 55,000 Households in Taiwan

8 injured due to Typhoon Maria


Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Beryl Leaves Thousands Displaced, Without Water, Power

Beryl flooded hundreds of homes, left 130,000 without power in the Dominican Republic



Mudslide kills 9 in India's remote mountainous northeast

9 killed by mudslide in Tamenglong



At least 85 dead in floods, landslides

Japan tackles rescue and cleanup from massive rain damage that left 88 dead with 58 still missing

Death toll from heavy rain in western Japan rises to 126

Abe visiting flood-hit western Japan as deaths reach 176

Torrential rain triggered nearly 450 mudslides


Russia [note this discusses Artic heat in general]

An Arctic heatwave pushed temperatures in Siberia anomalously high


The United States of America

Lightning strikes spark house fires, down trees in Massachusetts

Puerto Rico deals with rain and flooding as remnants of Beryl move over the island

Newborn killed, dozens hurt by North Dakota tornado

Three Lewes homes caught fire after being struck by lightning

One dead, hundreds of homes destroyed as bushfires tear through California


Other items of interest

Lights, camera...climate change

EU and Georgia strengthen cooperation in civil protection and disaster risk management

Great Britain's coastal wetlands threatened by rising sea levels

Can the Middle East solve its water problem?

Sierra Leone: Regaining old glories

Catastrophe modeling: the third wave of disruptive technology

Japan hit by worst weather disaster in decades: Why did so many die?

Strengthening Cuban coastal landscape in the face of climate change

Half of national climate plans neglect people in danger, say researchers

The Promotion of 'Grab Bags' as a Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy

Fiji progressively achieves Sendai Target E: NDMO director

Disaster displacement "chronic" in Asia

PH renews support for Sendai framework

Central Asia, South Caucasus Enhance Regional Cooperation to Implement Sendai Framework, 2030 Agenda

Asian Ministerial Calls for Accountability for Disaster Losses, Advances Work to Reduce Displacement


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25 to 29 June 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25th to 29th June 2018


Lightning causes more forest fire starts

Forest fire grows to nearly 15,000 hectares



Heavy rain causes disasters including flood, landslides in SW China's Guangxi

Heavy rain hits more Chinese cities



Heavy rains lash Mumbai; lead to waterlogging, traffic disruptions

South Gujarat pounded by heavy rain; four dead

India: 5 dead as plane crashes in Mumbai amid monsoon rain



Torrential rain hits Gifu, causing mudslides

Landslide alert as torrential rain pummels northern Kyushu



Fourteen people killed in Hpakant after heavy rain triggered landslides

At least six dead in landslide in Phakant Township

6 killed in landslide in Myanmar's northernmost state



Young couple and infant perish in Baglung landslide

Landslide kills three persons of same family in Baglung


United Kingdom

Saddleworth Moor: Wildfires near Manchester declared major incident

Second moorland fire breaks out near Manchester

Water shortage hits 2,000 Telford homes during hot weather


United States of America

Storm causes damage throughout Chattanooga area

Two more Oregon counties in drought

Heavy rain closes Richmond airport for several hours

California wildfires: Thousands flee homes as strong winds fuel huge blazes north of San Francisco

2,500 Forced to Flee as California Wildfire Season Heats Up

Tornado injures 8 people, 2 critically, in small Kansas town



Floods and landslides kill 7, leave 12 missing in Vietnam

Vietnam's flood death toll rise to 15

Floods, landslides in northern Vietnam kill 17, leave 11 missing


Other items of interest

WHO supports the Ministry of Health to enhance emergency preparedness and risk management in South Sudan

Sendai can "unleash" science on disaster risk reduction

Jamaica Committed To Disaster Risk Management - McKenzie

Thunderstorm asthma inquest begins after 10 deaths

Thunderstorm asthma deaths: only three victims had disease 'action plan'

Jamaica to host 2020 DRR meeting

Americas make resilience a priority

Vietnam looks to integrate UN Sendai Framework into national strategy

Tourism industry in Americas, Caribbean prepares against tsunami risk

World Bank lends EUR 400 mln to Romania for disaster risk management

Every dollar spent on hurricane protection can prevent US$105 in business property loss, disruption

Climate change could shave off 2.8% of India's GDP by 2050: World Bank

Crowdsourced mobile application to track disasters tested for first time in Fiji

AHA Centre and MapAction partner to strengthen disaster management in Southeast Asia

Tiny sensors may help avert earthquake damage, track sonar danger, 'listen' to pipelines

Extreme sea levels predicted to increase along global coastlines


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th to 22nd June


Bangladesh: Floods - Information Bulletin

Rohingya refugees unprepared as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue


Cyprus asks Israel for help with massive forest fire


Ghana - Flash flood 7 killed

Ivory Coast

Cote d'Ivoire - Floods 18 killed


Japan quake: Strong tremor shakes Osaka, killing at least 5 


Six more die in Assam floods, over 5.5 lakh still marooned

India - Assam Flooding 11 people reported dead

Southwest monsoon expected to revive in next 5-6 days, says IMD 


Landslides, flash floods as monsoon batters southern Myanmar

The United States of America

Days of torrential rain lead to Texas' worst flooding since Hurricane Harvey

Gov. Rick Snyder declares disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties

Woman's body found after floodwaters wreak havoc in western Pennsylvania

Other items of interest

UNISDR head calls for more inclusion in DRR

Americas works to improve disaster statistics

Bricks and water: improving water resilience in England

Of forests and floods: devastatingly high water raises clearcut questions

2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding

Game-changing Climate Data Store launched

EU's Climate-ADAPT found to be a key tool for adaptation in Europe

Community resilience in Lac-Megantic

Climate Change and Flooding -- Mental Stress and Lost Time from Work

Focus: Providing Healthcare During Mass Violence Responses

Who wants to know? The Political Economy of Statistical Capacity in Latin America.

Mapping Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: progress in South Africa

CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support mental health in aftermath of natural disasters

Pathways to change: IIED Annual report 2017/18

World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine Student Special Interest Group.

Pandemic Influenza: 100 years

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 15th June

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 9th to 15th June


14 killed as landslides sweep away Rohingya shelters in Bangladesh

Bangladesh/Rohingya Crisis | Floods and Landslides 


Large forest fire forces evacuation in Cole Harbour 


China facing flood, landslide risks amid heavy rain: weather bureau 


Pre-monsoon rain leads to floods, landslides, evacuation of residents in parts of Northeast

21 killed in landslide, road accident in Mizoram

Heatwave sweeps Punjab; Patiala hottest at 46.2-degree Celsius

20 killed in thunderstorm in Uttar Pradesh

Torrential rain in Northeast states leaves 4 dead

Heavy rains wreak havoc in North Kerala: Six including three kids killed, over ten missing in landslide, floods 


Mexico | Tropical Cyclone BUD 


Heavy Rains Pummel Myanmar, Causing Deadly Landslides And Destroying Homes


One boy died and more than 50 injured in monsoon rain


2 killed in mudslide at Baguio condominium construction site 


Sweden | Forest Fires 

United Kingdom

Weather warnings upgraded as Storm Hector brings strong winds 

United States of America

Colorado wildfire doubles in size, thousands evacuated

Ontario aftermath: Tornado confirmed in Wednesday storms 

New Zealand

Torrential rain, power outages as wild weather hits 

Other items of interest

Annual Report 2017: Our focus on global water challenges

Welcome to the future of disaster risk management

Release of ICD-11 - the 11th revision of the International Classification of Disease

How can our homes and communities better withstand natural disasters?

The positives of preparing for disaster

Five insurance lessons from last year's hurricane season

Call for organizing teams: Help shape substantive sessions of the Global Platform 2019

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management to Protect Health and Build Resilience in Pacific Islands

UNISDR assesses progress on Sendai Framework

Advancing Urban Health and Wellbeing through Collective and Artificial Intelligence: A Systems Approach 3.0

Strategic Approach to Capacity Development for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - A Vision of Risk-Informed Sustainable Development by 2030

Cambridge Global Risk Outlook 2018

CUIDAR: Cultures of Disaster Resilience Amongst Children and Young People

European Environment Agency Environmental change: knowledge is key to mitigating impacts on people and nature

Children, young people and disasters: recovery and resilience

Resilient Cities Congress 2018

Biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd to 8th June 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 2nd to 8th of June 2018


Earthquake Causes School Evacuations in Slavonski Brod


Forest fire burnt around 5,100 hectares in China

Democratic Republic of Congo

Disease outbreak news : Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo, 6 June 2018


Guatemala: volcano search and rescue resumes with nearly 200 people missing, over  75 dead


One Dead, Girl Missing After Hailstorm Triggered Flash Floods in Uttarakhand

Heatwave declared across Jammu and Kashmir


Death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Kenya has risen to 186


Mexico City issues first smog alert of 2018


Taunggyi torrential rain causes flooding and kills a schoolboy

Torrential rain destroys plantations, dams and roads in Sagaing


Dozens Flee Danger Zone as Mount Merapi Eruption Intensifies

United States of America

Wildfire near Durango forces more evacuations and is expected to reach homes Friday

New Mexico Fire Forces Evacuations; Nearly 300 Homes Threatened, Officials Say

Thousands without power in Kansas City after severe thunderstorms, strong winds

North Carolina government revives landslide mapping program after 3 deaths

More evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire spreads

Other items of interest

Climate insurance and water-related disaster risk management - Unlikely partners in promoting development?

Bangladesh Landslide Disaster Summary Sheet - 5 June 2018

Public Health England's Revised CBRN manual for emergency responders and front-line healthcare professionals

Integrated Loss and Damage-Climate Change Adaptation-Disaster Risk Reduction Framework: The Case of the Philippines

Climate-Resilient Development in Fragile Contexts

WMO and WHO tackle impacts of pollution, extreme weather, climate change

Squaring the circle? Integrating environment, infrastructure and risk reduction in Post Disaster Needs Assessments

UNDP Climate and disaster resilience: Post-disaster needs assessments

The 774th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council, an open session on the theme: “The link Between Climate Change and Conflicts in Africa and Addressing the Security Implications”

Tanzania earthquake prompts safe schools initiative

Climate insurance and water-related disaster risk management - Unlikely partners in promoting development?

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018:  Safeguarding cultural heritage from natural and man-made disasters

ICCROM Disaster-Resilient Heritage

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management

11th Plenary Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies Brussels (4-7th 2018)

Sessions can be viewed: here

Some of the European Commission research programmes on DRR and CCA:


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 28 May to 01 June 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 28th May to 01st June 2018



Tommy Lakes forest fire grows to over 20,000 Hectares

Two major BC wildfires partially contained; one still out of control



Smog emergency in Santiago de Chile



Landslide kills 23 in Ethiopia

At least 32 dead in Ethiopia landslides



Hailstorms in France ravage Bordeaux vineyards

Bordeaux vineyards face bankruptcy after hailstorm



Thunderstorm wreaks havoc in Uttar Pradesh, nine people killed

33 killed in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand due to thunderstorm, lightning

24-year-old killed, another injured in forest fire in Kangra

Pre-monsoon showers leave 48 dead in northern India

Wind storm in India damages homes, leaves at least 10 dead

Thunderstorm, lightning leave 15 dead in UP



Deadly tropical Cyclone Mekunu brings up to 8 years with of rainfall to parts of Oman

Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to 11

Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to at least 13



Severe heatwave hits Pakistan's southern Karachi, alert issued



Eleven people injured as high winds sweep through central Russia


The United Kingdom

Man in 80s dies in Walsall as flash floods hit Midlands

Cars stranded in 5ft deep water as flash floods hit Birmingham


The United States of America

Hawaiian volcanic lava covers over 2,000 acres of land

Catastrophic flash flood strikes Ellicott City, Maryland: Body of missing National Guardsman found

Maryland flooding: Ellicott City devastated by flash floods as eight inches of rain falls in just six hours

Body of missing National Guard Member found after flood ravages Ellicott City, Maryland

Emergency declaration set for storm-slammed swath of North Carolina

News crew killed after tree falls on SUV in NC mountains

2000 people evacuated in NC after Alberto triggers mudslides and flooding


Other items of interest

Ebola vaccine provides protection and hope for high-risk communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Clade X pandemic exercise highlights policies needed to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics

Puerto Rico: thousands more died from hurricane than official toll, study finds

How Dudhai villagers are saving jungles from forest fire

Munich Re forecasts average hurricane season

Data is essential to develop national strategies for disaster risk reduction - access to information bring down fatalities

Volcanic Smog From Kilauea Is Bothering Islands on the Other Side of the Ocean

UNISDR Annual Report Highlights DRR Contribution to SDGs 1, 11 and 13

ECOSOC Meeting Highlights Ways to Strengthen Participation, Resilience

EBRD, GCECA publish recommendations on physical climate impacts in financial reporting

Records show more floods across Europe over past 150 years, but fewer deaths and financial losses

Hurricanes threaten Caribbean countries still recovering from 2017 storms - officials

Seismometer readings could offer debris flow early warning

African smallholder farmers get insurance payouts of US $1.5 million after low rainfall

Corridor to the future? Mauritania's nomadic herders seek safe passage through drought

China floods to hit US economy: climate effects through trade chains


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 21 to 25 May 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 21st May to 25th May 2018



High winds and heavy rainfall hits much of Perth and across WA as storms arrive



Forest fire forces evacuations from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation

Evacuation orders, alerts issued as 2 wildfires burn in B.C. interior

Firefighters tackle 3 new wildfires across B.C.

Military aircraft help fly 1,400 people from raging Manitoba wildfires



Two more persons die in landslide in Tripura, flash flood triggered in Agartala

Flash flood hit Tripura, 4 killed, 9000 homeless



Indonesia orders evacuation as the volatile Mount Merapi erupts

People ordered to stay away as Indonesia's most active volcano rumbles



Flood, Hailstorm Inflict $4m in Losses on North Khorasan


New Zealand

Powerful storm lashes South Island

Snow falls to 200m in South Island, damaging storms hit North Island



Heatwave kills at least 65 in Pakistan

Heatwave in Pakistan's Karachi during Ramadan kills dozens

At least 60 dead as Pakistan's Karachi sizzles in heatwave



40 injured as winds reach hurricane force in Western Siberia



Tropical Cyclone Sagar Kills 16 in Middle East, Africa

25 people killed Tropical storm in Somalia


Sri Lanka

Inclement weather leaves 5 dead, landslide warnings continue in 5 districts

Heavy rains, landslides kill five in Sri Lanka

7 dead, 1,000 displaced in Sri Lanka monsoon rain

Sri Lanka: 13 Dead After Week of Heavy Rains, Flooding



East Africa: Raging Floods Destroy Costly Infrastructure in East Africa


The United States of America

1 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides, Flooding in North Carolina

Stage 1 drought restrictions, effective immediately, announced for SA

About 12 vehicles pile up east of Santa Fe in hail storm



3 children die in hailstorm

Rainstorm Kills 2, Leaves Over 100 Homeless


Other items of interest

Cape Town Gets First Desalinated Water as Dam Levels Drop Again

Americas to meet on disaster risk reduction following heavy economic losses in 2017

NIDM Centre to help southern states build infrastructure to tackle multiple disaster challenges: Naidu

How Does Forest Fire Smoke Harm People's Health?

H Noi predicts ten potential disasters

East Africa Flood Deaths Surpass 400

Connection not lost: how the next generation of mobiles could help us against disasters

WHO and World Bank Group join forces to strengthen global health security

Climate and disaster risk financing get fresh boost from African Development Bank

Enhancing drought resilience through index-based livestock insurance: Executive seminars for government representatives in Mombasa

Dominican Republic city prepares for hurricane season after 2017 devastation

Assessing exposure to climate risk in U.S. municipalities

Japan: UNISDR head visits tsunami schools

United States: How to redesign the Bay Area to fight future climate disasters

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay join to increase resilience of tri-border region


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30 April to 04 May 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 30th April to 04th May 2018



Major wind and flash rains storm hits Buenos Aires: two dead and 100.000 homes with no power



Tropical Cyclone Nora Hammers Australia With Flooding, Strong Winds

A lightning strike just knocked out 000 calls across half of Australia

Lightning strike and fire damage blamed for mass Telstra outage



At least 14 killed in lightning strikes in Bangladesh: source

At least 30 killed in 2 days of lightning strikes in Bangladesh



Floods, mudslides prompt evacuation orders, alerts in several parts of B.C.



Hyderabad records hottest day of the season with a 42-degree Sunday

Schools in Jaipur to shut at 12.30pm from May 1 due to heatwave

One dead in hailstorm

30 killed, over 100 injured as high-intensity squall wreaks havoc in parts of Rajasthan

10 killed as heavy rains, hailstorm lash Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Sand Storm Hits India, Hundreds Reportedly Killed

Scores dead as dust storm and heavy rain sweeps through India

The number of victims of the sandy storm in India has exceeded 100 people



SW Iran quake injures 105

5.2-magnitude quake hits Iran's western city



Six killed, thousands displaced by heavy rainfall

Heavy rains, landslides kill at least 100 in Kenya: Red Cross



Ulaanbaatar residents sip 'oxygen cocktails' to cope with worst smog of any capital on earth



Hailstorm damages veggie worth Rs48m


The United States of America

Arizona wildfire explodes in size, forces evacuations

Oklahoma wildfires kill hundreds of cattle, blacken pastures

Heavy rains destroyed or severely damaged 115 Hawaii homes

Hawaii orders evacuations as Kilauea volcano erupts


Other items of interest

Mount Fuji eruption could paralyse Tokyo: Report

Rwanda advances with Sendai Framework

Research: Two-thirds of human race would face reduced risk from extreme temperatures with better response to forecasts

Asia-Pacific gears up for major DRR gathering

NDMA plans to create uniform, credible database on disasters

Action needed on water and disasters

UN Climate Change Launches First-ever Annual Report

Resilient Cities 2018 Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue, SDG 11

Jamaica to develop financial policy for disaster risk

Climate change will boost global lake evaporation--with 'extreme' consequences

How Japan is predicting tsunamis

Global warming of 1.5C or 2C: The lower limit would reduce flood hazards

Water takes the heat off Hong Kong air-con

Turkey: Small earthquakes caused by migrating gasses in the underground

Recent Australian droughts may be the worst in 800 years


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23 to 27 April 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 23rd to 27th April 2018



Tropical Cyclone Nora Hammers Australia With Flooding, Strong Winds



Multiple evacuations ordered in B.C.'s Okanagan due to threats of flooding, mudslides



Egypt hit by a deluge of rain, making rivers out of roads

Rare heavy rains pummel Cairo, leave parts of Egypt impassable



Tropical Storm Fakir turns deadly after unleashing destructive winds, mudslides on La Reunion



Heat wave conditions continue in Maharashtra

Lightning claims 6 lives

Odisha government announces early summer vacation in schools due to soaring temperature



Floods, landslides, tornado batter Java this week



Two Teens Die in Flash Floods as Storm Hits Israel, West Bank

Southern Israel: One killed, dozens injured in flood

Israel floods: Arrests as 10 teens drown on school trip



30 houses buried in Makueni landslide after heavy rains

Kenya dams 'a flood risk' after heavy rains



SAA cancels flights to Mauritius as tropical storm hits



Heavy rains, landslides kills 18 in Rwanda: government

19 Die In Monday Night Downpour

Five more dead, 30 homes marooned as flash floods wreak havoc



School evacuated as earthquake in Gaucin is felt in Malaga and Cadiz



Health Minister: 39 Injured, Major Damage in Turkey Earthquake

Earthquake of 5.1 in the Southeastern Turkish Province of Adayman, Wounded People


The United Kingdom

Car submerged as flash floods hit Southampton


The United States of America

Tornadoes, strong winds injure four in southern Alabama

Huge waterspout makes landfall on Florida beach

NWS determines EF-0 tornado hit Ruskin mobile home park

1,500 Cattle Die in Oklahoma Wildfires; Death Toll Could Increase


Other items of interest

Mongolian journalists learn disaster risk

The Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following marine heat wave, study shows

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns

UNDP Workshop on South-South Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative: China's South-South Assistance to Disaster Recovery Efforts

June 18 Quebec tornado outbreak largest in provincial history: Western University experts

Less than one-third of classrooms reconstructed in three years of Gorkha earthquake

WTO opens dialogue on trade and disasters

India to Get National Database on Disasters by 2020: Here's Why It Matters

World Bank team undertakes rooftop inventory in Saint Lucia ahead of hurricane season

Australia: Helping coastal managers plan better for future storms

Many low-lying atoll islands will be uninhabitable by mid-21st century

New reports estimate multi-billion-dollar economic risks for Mid-Atlantic, San Diego regions due to climate change

Planning for a new resilience in Nepal

Kyrgyzstan ranks third most vulnerable to climate change impacts in Central Asia

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16 to 20 April 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 16th to 20th April 2018


Australia bushfire threatens Sydney suburbs homes

Residents flee as bushfire rages in Sydney



Brazilian Army Delivers Water to Drought Affected Regions



Thousands remain without power in southern Ontario after weekend ice storm

Ice storm wreaked havoc in Toronto - and now there's a risk of flooding

Over 550 crashes reported as storm brings freezing rain, ice pellets



Hailstorm Damages Hundreds Of Houses In Jaintia Hills

Four killed in lightning strike in Yavatmal district

Toll reaches 5 as 2 more die in lightning; crops suffer damage across Marathwada

Heavy pre-Monsoon rain in Kolkata kills 12, more showers in offing for West Bengal



Banjarnegara earthquake displaces more than 2,000

2 killed in Indonesia quake

Earthquake in Indonesia Kills Three and Damages Hundreds of Homes


United States of America

Tornado, high winds, heavy rains ravage Northeast Ohio

Five wildfires in New Mexico burn total of 19 structures

Tornado in Greensboro had wind speeds of 135 mph

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

More than 116,000 Xcel customers experience outages

Hawaii rescuers airlift residents after floods, landslides on Kauai

Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout seven months after Hurricane Maria


Other items of interest

The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore

Save the date: Call for papers - Global Assessment Report 2019 (GAR19)

After eight years of volcanic activity, Sinabung harming children's welfare

Health officials issue warning ahead of tick season

Developing Inclusive Disaster Management Strategy for Tonga Workshop

Asia-Pacific countries unite to tackle climate change effect on agriculture

IFLA's new briefing paper: Disaster Risk Response - A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework

3 Changes the National Hurricane Center is Making This Season

San Francisco's big seismic gamble

Acid Rain from Air Pollution May Have Triggered Deadly 2009 Landslide in China, Study Says

UNFCCC, UNDP Highlight Long-Term Strategies to Meet Climate Goals

Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones

Less than half surveyed have information needed for disaster preparation

Climate adaptation must be reframed from a local issue to a global responsibility

US: East Bay fault is 'tectonic time bomb,' more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds

Project launches in Caribbean to build climate resilience by using nature to reduce risks

New framework successfully mainstreams adaptation to climate change within governance systems

How does one prepare for adverse weather events? Depends on your past experiences


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 09 to 13 April 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 09th to 13th April 2018


Northern China blanketed by a return of bad smog

Smog in key north China region rises 27 pct in March - ministry



Hundreds take shelter as Fiji braces for another cyclone



Rajasthan Hailstorm: 12 Dead in Dholpur, 5 in Bharatpur

19 killed during thunderstorm in Rajasthan

44 die in UP due to hailstorm



Woman hurt by falling tree amid high winds in Rome

Earthquake in central Italy: Traffic disruption, schools closed, damage to buildings



Earthquake measuring 6.1 on Richter Scale hits Japan's Honshu island; three injured

1 dead and 5 missing after huge landslide in Oita Prefecture


New Zealand

Air traffic halted in Auckland, after day of destructive storms

Power cuts still affect thousands of Aucklanders after massive storm, capital gets rare thunder, National Park assesses tornado damage



Nicaragua forest fire burns almost 9,000 acres


United States of America

Apartments evacuated for falling trees as landslide continues in East Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Landslide: Apartments Destroyed, Route 30 Will Be Closed for Months

Downpours leave landslides, flooded streets across the island

People jumped, threw baby from balconies to escape Carolina Forest fire

Strong winds down Southland trees and leave thousands without power



Relocation likely on Vanuatu volcano island

Volcano forces Vanuatu island evacuation


Other items of interest

Inclusive disaster risk reduction: Women and climate change adaptation

Israel will boost desalination to fight a five-year drought

Spanish government rushes to reform “out of date” rules before forest fire season begins

NGO Brief: Working Together for Better Implementation of Global Agendas

Online tool that monitors disaster losses will save lives in Pacific: UN expert

'Day zero' water crises: Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as reservoirs shrink

Mississippi mayors and insurance executives tackle disaster resilience

Four new names have been added to the Atlantic tropical storm list

Climate adaptation strategies and the role of gender

Nature-based solutions can prevent $50 billion in Gulf Coast flood damages

Climate change and extreme weather: Science is proving the link

Kenya faces huge losses from armyworm, US warns

St. Vincent and the Grenadines gets 'volcano ready'

USA: Predicting hurricane flooding risks to the East Coast


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 03 to 06 April 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 03rd to 06th April 2018

**This edition covers Tues - Friday only, allowing for the Easter Monday Bank Holiday**



Potentially toxic peat fires smoulder after bushfires

Burning peat exposes families to poison two weeks after bushfires

Death of 2,400 Australian sheep on ship to Middle East sparks investigation



Earthquake in Bolivia felt in Brazil, buildings evacuated

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes Bolivia



Cyclone Josie: Four dead, major flooding as tropical storm batters Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Josie Strikes Fiji, Killing 4; Widespread Flooding Reported

Farmers counting their losses after torrential rain



Forest fire death toll mounts to 22 in TN

Hailstorm Affects 237 Villages In Meghalaya



Earthquake leaves 38 injured in western Iran

5.3-magnitude earthquake jolts western Iran


United States of America

High winds, flooding leave behind damage across Ohio


Other items of interest

The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health

Social Media Could Boost Search and Rescue Operations

2 - Priority actions for science and technology to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Kuwait says keen on implementing Sendai Framework

Death toll from Hurricane Maria severely underreported due to data shortfall

AF Fire Emergency Services test fire trucks in extreme cold

California mudslide insurance losses exceed $421 million: regulator

World Meteorological Day 2018: 'Weather-ready, Climate-smart'

Bhutan joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

NDMA and IUCN Sign MoU for Collaboration in Implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities in the Country

Southern Africa should bring resilience building to the front burner

Disaster damage and loss database to enhance resilience building in Malawi

Children aren't liabilities in disasters - they can help, if we let them

Research on coastal housing recovery after natural disasters shows gaps in recovery policies

Human behavior is the key to reducing flood risk

Will a huge new flood barrier save Venice?

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters

Super typhoon could 'drown' 30% of Tokyo's central districts

ADPC's revised Strategy 2020 is available


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 26 to 29 March 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 26th to 29th March 2018

**This edition covers Mon - Thurs only, allowing for the Good Friday Bank Holiday in the UK**



Tropical Cyclone Nora Hammers Australia With Flooding, Strong Winds

Ex-cyclone Nora dumps 600mm in one day

Cyclone Nora: Rains cut roads, repair crews work to restore power to western Cape communities

More than 40 people rescued from flooding around Cairns



Beijing issues 3-day major smog alert, third this year



Heatwave expected to continue in Mumbai, surrounding areas on Monday

Drought approaching? Farmers told to not plant paddy this year

Kerala government to declare nine districts drought-hit over poor monsoon, water scarcity



3 killed as flash flood, landslide hit Sibolga



Forest fire claims one in Dhankuta


Papua New Guinea

Earthquake of 6.6 magnitude jolts Papua New Guinea


South Africa

Drought impact already reflects in Cape Town hotel bookings - survey


The United States of America

"Scary" thunderstorm causes damage, outages

Hailstorm leaves hundreds of cars damaged on Hilton Head


Other items of interest

Adding up costs: Hailstorm damage to top millions of dollars

Women in science, tech focus on the environment at conference

Mt. Fuji eruption scenario to be studied

Bulgarian capital Sofia holds training exercise to test response to earthquake crisis

Red Cross warns of risk to thousands as floods in Europe threaten to worsen

Papua New Guinea: A month after deadly quake, UN on the ground delivering life-saving aid

Rohingya refugees bracing for another disaster

Asian governments to meet in Mongolia on disaster prevention

UNISDR appoints Prof. Peter Head to Advisory Board of UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction “GAR 2018”

Stakeholders call for closer collaboration to reduce disaster risks, as SADC holds Regional DRR Conference

Pacific islands launch Sendai Framework Monitor

Forecasting for resilience: Central Asia strengthens climate and weather services

Maximizing finance for safe and resilient roads

Teaching girls to swim can prevent deaths during floods

Early earthquake warning! New study examines safety potentials and limits

Satellites and cell phones form a cholera early-warning system

Turkey: New building code for earthquake resilience

Port Arthur's population drops by 5,000 after Tropical Storm Harvey

As drought fuels Indian migration, 'those left behind suffer the most'

After the hurricane can be as deadly as during, how people die

Thirty services take part in earthquake exercise

Ten Years, Nine Floods: Local-Level Climate Adaptation in China

Pacific islands launch Sendai Framework Monitor

PH making strides in meeting UN goals


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19 to 23 March 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 23rd March 2018


Thousands of homes in Melbourne without power due to high winds

Hundreds flee Australian bushfires

Australian wildfires raze dozens of homes, kill livestock



Melting snow and heavy rain leave Croatia hit by floods

Record flooding in Croatia as storms batter Europe

Landslide in Central Croatia Destroys Houses Amid Floods



The death toll in India's forest fire rises to 17

Mumbai man dies of extreme cold in Arunachal Pradesh



Flash Flood-Hit Bandung Following Non-Stop Heavy Rain

Dozens of Cars Damaged After Bandung Flash Floods



17 die in Madagascar tropical storm

At Least 7 Dead in Madagascar After Tropical Cyclone Eliakim Triggers Flooding, Landslides

A tropical storm in Madagascar kills 17, displaces 6 000


United States of America

3 tornadoes leave path of 'unbelievable' destruction in south Fulton, West Georgia

Thousands of Californians flee ahead of possible mudslides

Over 100 flights canceled at SFO due to storm


Other items of interest

Turning cities into sponges: how Chinese ancient wisdom is taking on climate change

Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

Words into Action guideline: an Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies - A companion for implementing the Sendai Framework target

First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated

Kenya to redesign key road after volcanic fault lines

Why drought is a national security issue in Iran

DOE Philippines partners with DOST to enhance energy sectors' disaster resilience

Experts Advance Work on Capacity Development Strategy to Implement Sendai Framework for DRR

Asia-Pacific countries identify priority action to build resilience of agriculture to natural disasters

Extreme weather events on the rise, European scientists warn

Work starts on a new Global Assessment Report

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help spare cities worldwide from rising seas

Preventing hurricanes using air bubbles

USGS authors new report on seismic hazard, risk, and design for South America

State of climate in 2017 - Extreme weather and high impacts

Forecast-based action in the humanitarian sector: revolution or evolution?

New data confirm increased frequency of extreme weather events; European national science academies urge further action on climate change adaptation

Asia-Pacific countries identify priority action to build resilience of agriculture to natural disasters


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12 to 16 March 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12th to 16th March 2018


Queensland faces 'crocodile invasion' after floods

North Queensland residents hit by flash floods warned about crocodiles sighted in rising waters



Orange Alert: Expect Heavy Smog in Beijing Until Wednesday



Hailstorm kills girl and scores of animals near Dambai



Nine trekkers dead in India Tamil Nadu forest fire

25 students trapped in Tamil Nadu forest fire; 12 rescued

Theni Forest Fire: Two more succumb to burn injuries, death toll climbs to 14



Eight injured after powerful tornado in southern Italy

Part of the Center of Venice is Underwater, Tornado in Southern Italy



Two pupils in hospital as strong winds, rains wreak havoc

Nine dead, chaos as heavy rains strike

Heavy rains flood Kenya's capital Nairobi



Three laborers buried alive under mudslide in Bhakkar

Four killed in KP, Fata rain-related incidents


South Africa

Drought declared a national disaster

Water crisis: Cape Town drought to have huge impact on SA's economy


United States of America

2 fatalities reported as severe storms push through East Texas

Storm Triggers Mandatory Evacuations in Santa Barbara County Over Mudslide Concerns

Kauai, Maui drying out after torrential rains


Other items of interest

Nobel Prize Dialogue Tokyo 2018 - The Future of Food

Guidelines aim to bridge the education gap on climate change and health

Hurricane center updates Irma death toll in US, Caribbean

Sendai Monitor launch in Central Asia/ South Caucasus

More homes at risk from wildfires says study

Insurers escalate emotional trauma suffered during the wildfires

Conference Agrees on Research Agenda to Better Understand Climate Change Impacts on Cities

On International Day, UN Calls for Increased Progress on Gender Equality

Why volcanic ash can be so detrimental to your health

Sendai Framework Monitor launch in Arab States

FAO warns that protecting agriculture from extreme weather and climate change must become a priority in Asia and the Pacific

Twelve world leaders issue clarion call for accelerated action on water

Disasters causing billions in agricultural losses, with drought leading the way

Pakistan: Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 05 to 09 March 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 05th to 09th March 2018


Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain



Seven dead as heavy rain wreaks havoc

Seven die in wake of heavy rainfall



Mudslide buries two in West Bandung

Tornado Damages 23 Homes in Bekasi



Volcano Spews Ash Thousands Of Feet Into Sky, Grounding Flights Nearby

Japanese volcano spews ash thousands of feet into the sky, grounding flights nearby



Tropical cyclone triggers flooding in Madagascar


New Zealand

Hawke's Bay flooding: Residents evacuated by jetboat as 270mm of rain hits north of Napier


Papua New Guinea

New Earthquake of 6.7 on the Richter Scale in Papua New Guinea took 18 Lives

Strong aftershock as aid starts reaching quake-hit PNG


United Kingdom

Flooding amid rain and melting snow

Thousands of Dead Starfish Wash Up on UK Shores After Extreme Weather


United States of America

At least 5 dead as a storm brings wind, floods, and snow to US Northeast

Wind and rain storm blows down utility poles on Route 44 Raynham and Taunton

Coast Guard warns of 'navigation hazards' after high winds cause 70 cargo containers to collapse or tumble from a ship

State officials: Crews battle nearly 130 wildfires, 690 acres scorched

Wildfires burn 25,000 acres in Kansas in two days


International Women's Day 2018 (08 March)

Women, LGBT people 'invisible' victims of disasters - experts

C40, Friends of the Earth Bring Together Leading Women's Voices on Climate Action

Hurricane Maria hit women in Puerto Rico the hardest. And they're the ones building it back.

In adapting to climate change, gender is on the global agenda

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management


Other items of interest

La Nina triggers extreme weather in Japan and Australia

Stakeholder Initiative to Support Implementation of Paris Agreement, SDGs, Sendai Framework

To prevent disasters, you must count your losses

UN seeks to put a number on the impact of global disasters

We Have Solutions Which Could Help Cities Like Delhi Control Smog

Collecting, Using Data On Disaster-Related Losses Will Allow Countries To Better Manage Risk

Disaster Risk Response - A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework

Small islands look to cities for climate change ideas

CRFM fast tracks protocol for climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture

Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in Bay Area

Wildfires set to increase: could we be sitting on a tinderbox in Europe?

Canada: Law prof researches effects of changing environment on bridges and roads

Urban heat: Can white roofs help cool world's warming cities?

The wicked problem of earthquake hazard in developing countries



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - Correction


The bulletin sent earlier today incorrectly stated there had been an earthquake in Japan.  This story related to the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.


Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 26th February to 02nd March 2018



Canberra weather: parts of north Canberra flood after Sunday downpour of rain

Isolated thunderstorm ravages Perth suburb



Bejing City Authorities Declare Yellow Air Quality Alert Over Smog



Extreme cold wreaks havoc on suburban trains in Munich and Berlin

Deadly 'Beast from the East' winter blizzard batters Europe



9 people struck by lightning in East Bali, 2 killed

Landslide on Sunny Weather in Wonosobo Kills a Farmer

Indonesia calls off deadly landslide search, 18 believed dead


Papua New Guinea

31 killed, 300 injured in 7.5-magnitude Papua New Guinea quake


Solomon Islands

Flooding in the Solomon Islands after torrential rain


The United Kingdom

UK Weather Latest: Extreme Cold Brings Train Cancellations to Southern and Eastern England

UK braces for extreme weather as Met Office warns of snow

Extreme cold snap sweeps across Europe

Section of roof blows off Glasgow hospital as high winds arrive

UK weather: Armed Forces called in as death toll rises to 10 in coldest spring day on record


The United States of America

The Latest: Deadly tornado confirmed in Kentucky

5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

Cincinnati flooding: 70 structures flooded and confirmed tornado in Clermont County

Gov. Bevin declares State of Emergency in response to Continued Heavy Rainfall across Kentucky

Evacuation warning issued for area devastated by mudslide

EF-2 tornado claims life, causes severe damage

Tens of thousands of Californians evacuate as storm brings mudslide risk


Other items of interest

Bangladesh to empower women and girls in the face of increasing climate impacts

National Consultant to Review and Update draft DRM Policy aligning with Sendai Framework

Drought and flood risk profiles to be developed for 16 countries in Africa

Over $80 million approved for climate initiatives in Bangladesh, Georgia and Zambia

Predicting and preparing: Innovating for health-system resilience to extreme weather events

Study uses 3D modelling to explore storm inundation risk

What is a lahar?

California spent nearly $1.8 billion last year fighting major wildfires

U.N. collates global disaster data to help reduce risk

Assessing flood preparedness in the Peruvian Amazon basin

With pumps and canals, Sri Lanka's capital moves to cut worsening flood risk

New study finds flood risk for Americans is greatly underestimated

Can atmospheric science improve global disaster resilience?

Jamaica to host Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others

Making pandemic preparedness financially sustainable in East Asia and the Pacific



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19 to 23 February 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 19th to 23rd February 2018


Dust storm takes outback Queensland town by surprise, damages homes

Weather radars down after more wild storms

Queensland weather: Six rescues on Sunshine, Fraser Coasts as torrential rain floods state's south-east



Temperatures drop to extreme lows in Northern Manitoba feeling like -57



Smog hits parts of north China



'Red noticed' issued to airlines as volcano eruption shoots ash 16,000ft

Big clean-up after Sinabung eruption

Disaster alert declared in four Indonesian provinces as forest fire threat looms

Five dead, 15 missing in Indonesia landslide



Mudslide at Mozambique garbage dump claims 17 lives

17 killed in garbage dump mudslide in Mozambique


New Zealand

The third storm in two months hits Port Taranaki, delays repairs

New Plymouth district remains in state of emergency as severe water restrictions are put in place

Cyclone Gita live updates: Weather chaos as high winds and heavy rain bring flooding



20 houses damaged by Loei hailstorm


United States of America

Uniontown tornado destroyed 22 buildings, displaces 64 people, officials say

Wildfire forces California evacuations

Without Warning, North Texas Hit by 3 Damaging EF0 Tornadoes; 3 Injured in Johnson County

Torrential rain washes out bridge and forces high water rescue in Lamar County


Other items of interest

Puerto Rico pitches for investment after hurricane (£)

Aid groups race against Bangladesh's looming monsoons

Hurricane Harvey: Climate change, staggering costs, and people at the heart of it all

Nearly 150 persons Died in Hungary by Extreme Cold Temperatures

'Slums in Indian cities most vulnerable to heat wave'

Preparedness will bring down heatwave deaths: Expert

Calls to Puerto Rico's suicide hotline have skyrocketed since Hurricane Maria

Fiji to adopt new DRR policy

Can a forest fire be beneficial in any way?

How a water district prepares for drought

Mayon volcano eruption displaces pregnant women and new mothers in Philippines

Europe's cities face more extreme weather than previously thought

Atmospheric Science Conference 2018 - Call for Papers


Upcoming events

9th INtegrated Disaster Management (INDM) Conference & 5th International Disaster Management Award (IDMA) - 25/26 February 2018

From Disaster Management to Disaster Risk Reduction - Sendai Framework Implementation - 26/27 February 2018

Resilience to Disasters, Capital Markets Union, and Sustainable Finance: Protecting Citizens, European Growth, and Jobs - 27 February 2018

3rd Aid & Development Africa Summit 2018 - 27/28 February 2018

Promoting resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements - 01 March 2018

Cities & Climate Change Science Conference 2018 - 05 to 07 March 2018

ARISE Japan Public Symposium 2018: Private sector contribution to disaster resilient communities - 07 March 2018

Launch of the UCL IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster - 7 March 2018

From vulnerability to resilience - Exchange of DRR experiences in the Greater Caribbean Region - 07/08 March 2018

Preparing for Shock: Is Preparedness the New Frontier? - 14/15 March 2018

Global expert consultation on the zero draft of the Global Capacity Development Strategy in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction - 14/15 March 2018

Strengthening resilient food and agriculture systems - Implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR in the agriculture sector in Asia and the Pacific - 15/16 March 2018

Gender Summit 14: Africa - 19/20 March 2018

The 2nd Global Adaptation Network Forum - 20/21 March 2018

Preparedness Summit: Strengthening Health Security: Visions for a Prepared and Resilient Nation - 17 to 20 April 2018

International Conference on Disaster Management (ICDM) - 02 to 04 May 2018

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) - 09 to 14 July 2017


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12 to 16 February 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12th to 16th February 2018


Man treated for electric shock, tens of thousands without power after severe storms



Heavy rain, high winds leave 3 dead in Rio de Janeiro

Heavy rain, high winds leave 4 dead in Rio de Janeiro



Wildfires take away 1,000 hectares of Chilean forest in one day



Major China regions see smog worsen, adding to fears polluters are moving south



Gita leaves some Fiji islands in the dark as Tonga picks up the pieces following mass destruction

Tropical cyclone Gita destroys 10 homes in southern Fiji



Farmer Killed, Crops Damaged In Unseasonal Hailstorm in Maharashtra

Three dead, crops damaged as hailstorm hits State

Lightning kills 4, injures many in Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra: Over 500 birds killed in hailstorm



Drought forces Mozambique capital to ration water



Landslide kills 3 in Surigao Sur

Four dead as storm hits the southern Philippines

14 dead from 'Basyang,' authorities say



Coal-loving Poland struggles with killer smog


South Africa

South African drought is declared a national disaster

Joy over rain marred as 9 drown in Western Cape floods


South Korea

16 People Treated for Injuries Due to High Winds at the 2018 Winter Olympics


United States of America

Hundreds report flood damage after heavy East Tennessee rain

Heavy rains wreak havoc locally

High winds fan 500-acre forest fire in Taney County; evacuations ordered


Other items of interest

Global Monitoring of Disease Outbreak Preparedness: Preventing the Next Pandemic - A Shared Framework

Cities of the future could be built with concrete made from volcanic ash

#WUF9: Call to join Resilient Cities Campaign

Japan to Help Cut Air Pollution in Smog-Choked Tehran

Building back better restores hope

Resilience is about being ready

Hurricane Irma costs for insurers to reach 1.8 billion euros: French lobby

India Workshop Addresses Infrastructure Resilience

Sierra Leone - Mudslide Report: 6 Months On

Land management opportunities pop up in wake of wildfires

Response Times Key To Reducing Tsunami Deaths

IFRC announces help for extreme cold in Mongolia

Building urban resilience through integrated water management and disaster risk reduction

New Urban Agenda Action Plan for LAC Calls for Paradigm Shift

UNITAR and the International Civil Defense Organization to Cooperate on Disaster Management

OUR BLUE PLANET - Saving the Earth for the Future

10 threats to global health in 2018



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 05 to 09 February 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 05th to 09th February 2018


Bolivia: 2 people killed by rain-fueled landslide, 1 missing



Extreme cold weather alert in effect as snow blankets GTA



Earthquake measuring 6.1 on Richter scale strikes Taiwan

4 killed, 220+ injured as 5 buildings collapse in 6.4 Taiwan quake

Hotel partially collapses in Taiwan after 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Hualien city

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 9

10 people dead, many more missing in Taiwan earthquake



Thousands evacuated in Indonesian capital over floods

Jakarta residents evacuated as floods hit low-lying areas

4 dead, thousands evacuated in Jakarta



Tehran blanketed with smog for third day straight



Hailstorm destroys 204 houses in Mzuzu



Heavy rains flood girls' hostel in the Zambezi



Mayon volcano has an explosive eruption and Philippine authorities have raised alert to level four



Record snowfall hits Moscow, downing thousands of trees

One dead, five injured in record Moscow snowfall


South Africa

Drought-stricken Western Cape declared a national disaster area

Diarrhoea numbers up in drought-stricken Cape Town


Other items of interest

Earth Networks Brings Severe Weather Alerting and Lightning Detection to West Bengal

What southern Africa can learn from other countries about adapting to drought

Need for integrated frameworks

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters, and SDGs

Fiji - "Government Taking Steps For National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy"

Enhancing water security in urban areas

Paris flooding harks back to one of the great breakthroughs in hydrology

EU wheat protected by snow cover but deep frosts in Germany eyed

Asia Pacific strategy for emerging diseases and public health emergencies: advancing implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that

Five things to make your city livable

Why is it difficult to monitor volcanoes?

Sustainably managing the fall armyworm in Africa through farmer field schools

Pakistan's wheat farmers saved by timely weather forecast

Seismic stress map developed by Stanford researchers profiles induced earthquake risk for West Texas, New Mexico

PM calls for preventive measures against cold wave

Hualien Earthquake: Engineers urge new buildings laws

Creating a flood resilient city: Moving from disaster response to disaster resilience in Ibadan (Nigeria)


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 29 January to 02 February 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 29th January to 02nd February 2018


Heat wave leaves thousands of Australian homes without power

Powerful storm creates trail of destruction in Darwin CBD

Hot days and steamy nights gone as month's rainfall in two days drenches Melbourne

Augusta bushfire downgraded after threatening homes in WA South West

Two dozen helicopters ferry flood evacuees from Daly River to Darwin



Emergency operation centre opened in Nanaimo after flooding, landslide



Rain continues to flood Paris suburbs



Orange alert over erupting Guatemala volcano


New Zealand

Widespread damage from high winds

3000 homes without power due to high winds



Two dead as earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

Deadly earthquake hits Afghanistan and Pakistan's tribal regions with shocks felt in major cities

At least one killed, several injured as earthquake jolts Pakistan



Mayon volcano eruption: Almost 70,000 in overcrowded shelters

Mayon residents receive face masks for protection against ash particles

Heavy ash fall from Philippine volcano halts motorists



Heavy rain causes flash floods in Seletar, fallen trees in various areas


South Africa

Drought-hit Cape Town to set up disaster operations HQ amid water crisis

3 dead, 2 children still missing in KZN thunderstorm chaos


The United States

More Than 10 Collisions Reported on I-5 in Lewis County After Sudden Hailstorm

Local state of emergency declared, homes evacuated as heavy rain, gales thrash West Coast


Other items of interest

Improving disaster response efforts through data

British Virgin Islands tourism showing signs of recovery after Hurricane Irma

Extreme weather dangers often overlooked as Cook County reports 26 cold-related deaths in 2017

Ms. Mami Mizutori of Japan - Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction

Without young people, Global Goals will not be achieved, UN forum told

Insurance claims from California wildfires near $12 billion

From chaos to coherence: Managing pandemics with data

High-level UN conference on disaster information management and combating sand and dust storms opens in Tehran

ARC and UN partner to increase insurance coverage in Africa

France gets tsunami ready

UK: National flood map provides future climate change flood scenarios

How to reduce heat extremes by 2-3 degrees Celsius

Leadership in Disaster and Climate Policy as key pillar of the Resilience Agenda

Reducing risks to cultural heritage from disasters


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22 to 26 January 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd to 26th January 2018


Truck drivers stuck for hours after lightning causes boom gates fault



Southern B.C. coast facing cleanup after massive wind storm

Thousands without power in Quebec after freezing rain, strong winds



Eerie Images of Hong Kong Concealed by Smog

Pollution in Hong Kong is so horrible it has been classified a 'serious' health risk



'Centential flood' fears in Paris as Seine overflows

Paris on flooding alert as rising Seine causes travel disruption



6.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's capital, no tsunami warning issued

Jakarta Offices Evacuated as 6.1 Magnitude Quake Jolts City



Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Japan: fatal avalanche engulfs skiers after volcano erupts



Tropical storm kills at least 7 in Mozambique

Tropical storm kills 7, displaces 87,000 others



Philippines raises volcano alert again; hazardous eruption seen imminent

Philippine Red Cross alerts residents on health hazards of volcanic ash

Philippine Volcano Erupts, Causing 56,000 To Flee


South Africa

How severe is the drought? An analysis of the latest data

Cape Town told to cut water use or face losing supply by 12 April



Swiss roads and rails blocked by avalanches and landslides


The United Kingdom

Train pushed off the tracks by tonnes of mud in landslide

Scottish railway lines hit by flooding and landslides

Storm Georgina batters Britain with winds of up to 90mph


The United States

Body of Montecito woman found brings mudslide death toll to 21

Highway 101 Reopens After Mudslide Forced Closure

Strong winds damage buildings, knock out power in Arkansas

Wildfires Near Fort Worth, Texas, Force Evacuations, Shut Down Highways


Other items of interest

Satellite alert system to fight forest fire pays off

Early Recovery Support to Mudslide and Flood Affected Communities in Kaningo, Freetown

Over 66% of flights cancelled in December due to bad weather

Technical guidance for monitoring and reporting on progress in achieving the global targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Cities Scale Up Resilience

Drought to hit Kerala even before summer

China invests heavily in earthquake disaster mitigation

NASA covers wildfires from many sources

New real-time tsunami early warning system calculates size and distance using underwater sound waves

US: Virginia Beach puts big data to work as it plans for sea level rise

How can we measure resilience? Mobile phones - and the right questions - can help

Nepal: Building Kathmandu back better

Harvey The 'Most Significant Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Event In U.S. History'

Harvey was second-most expensive US hurricane on record, official report says

A resilient Philippines

Thunderstorm-triggered asthma attacks put under the microscope in Australia



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 15 to 19 January 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 15th to 19th January 2018


Soaring heat across South Australia followed by thunderstorm warning prompts energy warning

Southern states swelter as power supply struggles



3 dead as monstrous winds lash Europe, creating a travel nightmare



High winds cut power for thousands in Nova Scotia



'Orange' alert issued as smog engulfs Beijing



Storm Friederike batters Germany with hurricane-strength winds



Storm Fionn aftermath: Thousands of people without power, snow and strong winds forecast

13 cars involved in multiple collisions in a hailstorm on the M7 in Tipperary



Two dead in Rukum forest fire


The Netherlands

Hurricane-Force Winds In Europe Halt Flights, Rip Roofs And Topple Trees


Papua New Guinea

1,500 More People Moved After Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts



Earthquake Measuring 7.1 on Richter Scale Shakes Peru; 2 Dead

Southern Peru jolted by strong earthquake, gov't to declare state of emergency


The Philippines

12,000 flee as the Philippines warns of volcano eruption

Thousands Flee As Lava Flows Down Philippines Volcano

4 dead in flooding, landslides in Visayas, Mindanao



Schools evacuated after 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Portugal


The United Kingdom

Winter weather: Thousands without power after gales hit the UK

Strong winds blow roof off Coventry house


The United States

California mudslide toll rises to 20, as search continues


Other items of interest

50 years since Sicily's earthquake, an urban disaster of a different kind

22 nations to join disaster meet in India

India seeks coalition on resilient infrastructure

Rajnath Singh urges int'l community to join hands to create disaster resilient infrastructure

IV bags in short supply across the US after Hurricane Maria

Phang Nga Schools Hold Evacuation Drills for Tsunami Preparedness

15 years on from Canberra bushfires, a city, and its landscape healing

Insurers take a hard look at California and see growing wildfire risk

UN: Three-Year Hot Streak "Existential Threat to Planet"

IHRR / DWD Conference 2017 - Presentations

2017: Government agencies declare it one of hottest on record

Australia's 'deadliest natural hazard': what's your heatwave plan?

The disaster risk management challenge for small cities

Rebuilding houses and livelihoods in post-earthquake Nepal

GEOlab researchers shaping future of energy, disaster forecasting

Japan breakthrough could improve weather forecasts and save lives

Senior financial executives at major U.S. companies admit incomplete preparations in the wake of 2017 hurricanes



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 08 to 12 January 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 08th to 12th January 2018


Australian heatwave melts roads, prompts destructive fires

'Intense' thunderstorms strike Sydney, cause blackouts and train delays

Sydney battered by 4,600 lightning strikes as SES responds to 150 calls

Severe storms leave 19,000 premises in the dark



Earthquake measuring 6.0 on Richter Scale hits Indian border near Myanmar



7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Honduras Coast; Tsunami Warning Issued



5.1 earthquake hits Iran's western province of Kermanshah, hurting 21

Multiple strong earthquakes hit western Iran



Cyclone Ava kills at least 29 in Madagascar

Madagascar: 29 killed, 80,000 affected by tropical cyclone Ava


The Netherlands

Over 1330 damage reports after Zeerijp earthquake


Papua New Guinea

Residents forced to flee as volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

Ash-spewing volcano in Papua New Guinea forces villagers to flee, local media says

600 evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts; no loss of life reported


The Philippines

Tropical Storm Tembin: Flash floods, landslides kill over 100



Cars stalled, commuters stranded as flash floods hit eastern S'pore

Flash floods in eastern parts of Singapore after heavy downpour


South Africa

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought



Bangkok hit by floods after thunderstorm


The United States of America

Flooding at JFK airport adds to misery after flight delays

Evacuations Ordered for Southern California Burn Scar Areas Ahead of Expected Rainfall

The Latest: Thousands evacuated from California burn areas

Mandatory Evacuations Ordered As Strong Wind And Rain Hit Orange County

California mudslides kill at least 13 in region scorched by wildfires

Rescuers search for survivors of deadly California mudslides that left 15 dead, demolished homes and swamped streets

California rescuers search for missing in deadly mudslide



Violent hail strikes again


Other items of interest

Bushfire smoke silent, deadly danger to our health

Melbourne hailstorm puts dent in Suncorp

UNISDR Asia Partnership Forum shares updates in disaster risk reduction

WHO: Heavy Rains in DRC Worsening Cholera Epidemic

Climate Change Might Cause More Frequent Eruptions

Turkey counts on future rain amid drought concerns

Global science for city policy

India's advocacy of disaster risk management will save lives

What Canada's largest city is doing to help reduce flood insurance claims

'Urgent need for early warning systems in the Caribbean'

Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming

Christchurch shifts from concrete to steel in post-earthquake rebuild

We're not ready for a flu pandemic

Tracing how disaster impacts escalate will improve emergency responses

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

Why half a degree matters - Study


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 01 to 05 January 2018

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 01st to 05th January 2018



1300 lightning strikes in less than two hours

Patients rocked after lightning's direct hit on hospital

Total fire ban for Victoria as state prepares for 40C temperatures



Extreme cold sparks chaos in Canada airports

Extreme cold warning issued for GTA ahead of another cold snap



4 workers killed in a mudslide at Jaflong stone quarry

Death toll in Jaflong stone quarry mudslide rises to 5, Case filed

All mosquito-borne diseases on upswing in Tamil Nadu, malaria up 18%



27,000 households without power this morning

Storm Eleanor: Heavy rain, floods cause damage on Ireland's west coast



Israel Enters a Fifth Year of Drought


New Zealand

Monster storm: Roofs lift, homes flood, thousands without power



800 Toledo City residents evacuated due to flooding, landslides

2 perish in Malabuyoc town landslide

3rd storm in 2 weeks wreaks havoc in Visayas, Mindanao

Landslide due to 'Agaton' kills 2 in Cebu

Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain


South Africa

Two drown in KZN floods‚ two die in Joburg storm

Hailstorm causes havoc in three municipalities of the province


Sri Lanka

Nearly 300,000 people remain affected by drought in N. Sri Lanka


The United Kingdom

Thousands of homes without power as Storm Eleanor arrives in Britain


The United States

'Extreme' Cold Weather Blamed for 9 Deaths Across the U.S.



Over 20 homes destroyed by hailstorm


Other items of interest

Ugandan farmers advised to adopt Water harvesting as drought spells persist

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors living back in the danger zone

The elderly and disabled were left behind in Hurricane Irma. What will happen next time?

California Wildfires Demonstrate Breadth Of Water Quality Threat

Managing disasters: next-gen reforms

As the wind blows: Shielding the data centre

'Not built for this': What fails in the extreme cold? Just about everything.

Maps show the mudslide and debris flow threat from the Thomas fire

Ethiopian weather stations to fight climate shocks

New Zealand: Cost of storms is pushing up premiums, insurance brokerage says

Satellites could help forecast the next cholera outbreak

US: Four months after Hurricane Harvey, four major questions about recovery for 2018

As climate disasters increase, Africa's hydrometeorology infrastructure is deteriorating

Scientists to map quake-prone Asian region in hope of mitigating disaster

NEC to provide disaster prevention system in Indonesia

UK: 'Does Hull have a future?' City built on a flood plain faces sea rise reckoning

Early action key to preventing crises related to El Nino and La Nina - UN relief official

Study predicts a significantly drier world at 2oC



Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25 to 29 December 2017

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 25th to 29th December 2017



40 Homes Evacuated As Bushfire Threatens Melbourne Suburb



Extreme cold in Toronto smashes 57-year-old temperature record



Chilean mudslide death toll climbs to 16



Indonesia's Sinabung volcano erupts again

Sinabung volcano eruption on Dec 27 was biggest this year: Indonesian disaster mitigation agency



Overnight 4.2 earthquake hits northern Iran leaving 1 dead, more than 70 injured

Moderate earthquake kills one person, injures 57 in Iran



Wildfire: One dead, five injured in forest fire


The Philippines

Tropical Storm Trembin leaves more than 200 dead in landslides and flash floods

Philippines storm death toll tops 200, tens of thousands displaced

Heavy rains cause landslides, flooding in Bicol



Child killed, 70,000 left without power as Poland hit by strong winds on Christmas Eve



Turkey experiencing worst drought in 44 years: Minister


The United Kingdom

Overnight snow causes power cuts and disruption in region

Thousands left without power as snowstorm engulfs Oxfordshire

Disruption at UK airports as wintry weather strands hundreds



Mass evacuations in southern Vietnam as Typhoon Tembin nears


Other items of interest

Humidity Is the Real Heat-Wave Threat

Christmas wildfires: How climate change puts California at risk all year round

Climate science and policy frameworks

India-Russia coordinated action on DRR

India: Disasters mostly occur at specific times (study)

How invasive weeds can make wildfires hotter and more frequent

Unequal protection: Climate change and the acceleration of global inequality

Bangladesh: Review of earthquake contingency plan of Dhaka City Corporation



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