Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 14th - 20th December 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 14th - 20th December 2019


 Winter storm knocks out electricity to 47,000 people




Storms hits southwest France leaving three dead and thousands without power




Country suffers the most pollution linked deaths in the world




Two dead, fifty houses lost during flash flood in Siwi region of Indonesia




Intense smog closes schools in Tehran


Blackout from lightening claims four lives in Iran's flooded southern provinces




Namibia's power supply squeezed as drought hits hydropower plant


The Netherlands


Activists cheer victory in Dutch climate case




Pakistan wild polio cases top 100. Global cases quadruple 2018 numbers




Philippines rocked by 6.8 magnitude earthquake




Somalia experiencing worst desert locust invasion in 25 years


Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka faces alarming dengue cases with 120 dead


United Kingdom


Flooding shuts roads and blocks rail lines in the south of England


United States of America


Deadly tornado tears through the Deep South




Landslide triggered by heavy downpour kills 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan



Other items of interest:


WHO announces world-wide drop in cholera cases


The Lancet series on the double burden of malnutrition and press conference of the launch.


Video pulls together satellite images to demonstrate global wildfires for 2019


Tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established in New Zealand


A global database on historic and real-time flood events based on social media


Annual Report: From Global Ambition to Local Action: a Multi-Year Vision for Enhanced Resilience


Handbook on Disaster Management for Nodal Officers


Potable Water: an industry guide to resilience


Report: Disasters displaced 21 million Africans over the last decade


The climate phenomenon linking floods and bushfires


The Cooling Imperative: forecasting the size and source of future cooling demand


World Meteorological Organization Provisional Statement on the State of the Climate in 2019


Build Back Better: what is it and what should it be?


Literature Review on aligning climate change action and disaster risk reduction


Please note, there will be no Bulletin on 27th December 2019.  The next Bulletin will be sent out on 3rd January 2020.   Compliments of the Season from the Global Hazards Team at Public Health England.

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 7th - 13th December 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 7th - 13th December 2019



5 dead, 35 missing in landslide in northern Afghanistan




Sydney smoke: Residents 'choking' on intense bushfire pollution




Rising human toll from flash floods and landslides in Burundi




Heavy rains cause flooding in Colombia




Deadly flooding and landslides in Ecuador




Bomb cyclone blizzard closes roads across Iceland




9 dead, 1400 homeless as Cyclone Belna strikes Madagascar




Yellow Fever outbreak in Mali


New Zealand


Death toll from White Island volcano eruption rises to eight


Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning




2019 measles outbreak tops 44,000 with 576 deaths




Tropical storm leaves a trail of destruction in northern Somalia


Sri Lanka

Thousands of people displaced in Sri Lanka's north, east provinces due to torrential rain


Famine stalks millions in South Sudan after drought and floods




Uganda floods: sixteen people dead



Other items of interest:


UN Report: Governance challenges for disaster risk reduction


JAMA Network Call for Papers: climate change and health


WHO Health and Climate Change Survey Report


Disaster response: a public financial review management toolkit


The Centre for Disaster Protection has published their 2019 – 2024 strategy


Accelerating risk reduction through forward-looking investments and policies: a case study from Romania


Report: Dangerous summer: escalating bushfire, heat and drought risk in Australia


Global climate risk index 2020


Interview: More female leaders needed in disaster recovery


Greenland has lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992


WHO commemorates 40th anniversary of the eradication of small pox


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 30th November - 6th December 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 30th November - 6th December 2019


 Widespread floods hit Angola




New South Wales mega blaze near Sydney




Whole families buried alive in Burundi landslides




25 dead after heavy rains in India


Smog returns to choke Delhi




Smog in Iran shuts schools and universities




Floods and landslides kill 132 in Kenya




Over 16,000 displaced by flooding in Malaysia




Dengue fever cases exceed 23,000 in 2019


New Zealand


Flooding hits New Zealand tourist hubs




Thousands forced to flee as Typhoon Kammuri slams into the Philippines


Dengue fever cases in the Philippines top 400,000 cases in 2019




Samoa shuts down government to deal with measles epidemic


Samoa measles: unvaccinated families told to hang red flag on their door


Sri Lanka


5 dead after floods and landslides in Sri Lanka




47 dead after new waves of landslides in Uganda




Zimbabwe experiencing worst drought in 40 years



Other items of interest:


COP25: UN climate change conference, 5 things you need to know


Fifteen Countries to Present Latest Updates on their Climate Actions at COP25


Child Protection in Disasters and Emergencies


Integrated urban planning for natural hazard mitigation: annual report 2018 - 2019


IFRC - the responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence in disasters and crises


State of Climate Services 2019


World Food Programme: Climate Risk Financing


Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality


Blog: How to deliver sea level data


Ensuring access to affordable, timely vaccines in emergencies


The Disaster Reduction and Human Innovation Museum in Kobe is commemorating 25 years since the 1995 Kobe earthquake


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 23rd - 29th November

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 23rd - 29th November



Albanian earthquake death toll passes 30


Destruction and panic as quake hits Albania




Sydney thunderstorm leaves almost 50,000 without power


Sydney considers radical water recycling plans amid worsening drought




Salvador: more than a month's worth of rain falls in three hours causing flooding and landslides across the city


Democratic Republic of the Congo


41 dead after heavy rains in Kinshasa spark landslides and floods


Over 3,000 cases of Plague reported in the Ituri Province of the DRC




Djibouti floods - 30,000-40,000 families affected and 9 people killed


Easter Island (Chile)


Dengue fever confirmed on Easter Island




Severe weather kills two more people in Greece




Motorway bridge collapses after mudslide in Italy




Death toll from Kenyan landslide rises to 56




Lahore: Amnesty issues unprecedented 'Urgent Action' call after smog envelopes city of 11 million


Sierra Leone


Lassa fever outbreak in Sierra Leone




Measles outbreak approaches 400 cases




Other items of interest:


WHO Global report on measles


Facemask use for community protection from air pollution disasters: An ethical overview and framework to guide agency decision making


Asia and the Pacific region set priorities for accelerated disaster risk reduction


Climate adaptation and theory of change: making it work for you


Climate emergency: world may have crossed tipping point


A feature on vaccines in Nature Journal


The CityRap tool: an action planning tool for city resilience


Forces of Nature: coastal protection services provided by mangroves in Jamaica


Essential elements of a coastal resilience plan


Shock Proof: building community resilience to recurrent crises


Land subsidence in the Mekong Delta


International Federation: checklist on law and disaster preparedness and response


Air Quality Index provides real time readings for world cities


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 16th - 22nd November 2019



Weekly dust storms leave Australian town unliveable


Australian storm brings giant hailstones the size of cricket balls


Sydney to face tough water restrictions




Avalanche engulfs valley in Austria


Central African Republic


Catastrophic flood hits Central African Republic




Drought leaves Chilean fruit growers in limbo




Chikungunya outbreak in Ethiopia  


New Zealand


Tornado rips through Christchurch  




5,000 displaced by typhoon in Philippines



Measles outbreak in Samoa:  over 700 cases and 6 deaths



Other items of interest:

EU Science Hub annual report on Forest Fires

On the frontline of a hurricane disaster

Dominica prepares to be the world's first hurricane-proof country

Insurance for climate adaptation

A framework for assessing financial impacts of physical climate change

A new twenty-first century science for effective epidemic response

Case Study - Sierra Leone mudslide response

A framework to assess integration in flood risk management: implications for governance, policy, and practice

How do you fight extreme wildfires?


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 9th - 15th November 2019



Deadly flash floods in northern Algeria


Heavy snow blocks major roads in Algeria




Worst drought in 40 years in the Yangtze in China


Pneumonic plague diagnosed in Beijing


Democratic Republic of Congo


The world's largest measles outbreak grows by another 10K cases


Around 40,000 people displaced by flooding Ubangi River




Desert Locust infestation affects over 21,452 hectares of land




Magnitude 5.4 earthquake his southern France


Earthquake hits France's nuclear power production


India and Bangladesh


Death toll rises to 24 as Cycle Bulbul hits India and Bangladesh




Two people die in Venice floods


Venice flooding is the worst in 50 years




Tropical Cyclone "Nakri" (Quiel) leaves at least 6 dead in the Philippines


Tropical Storm "Kalmaegi" (Ramon) triggers floods and landslides ahead of landfall


South Africa


Scores Injured, Houses Destroyed in Pietermaritzburg Tornado


KZN government dispatches disaster management team following tornado, fears possibility of missing, dead people




Chikungunya cases top 9,000 - up dramatically over recent years




12-year-old girl dies in flash floods


United Arab Emirates


Thunderstorms and heavy wind cause chaos in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


United Kingdom


Two diphtheria cases reported in Edinburgh


Yorkshire: more rain fall as floods force 1,200 homes to evacuate


United States


Four traffic deaths linked to weather, as US temperatures plummet to record lows


Other items of interest:


Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika


WHO Roadmap for the rollout of an Ebola vaccine.


UN DESA - UNITAR Strengthening stakeholder engagement for the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda Massive Open Online Course 11 NOV. - 31 DEC. 2019


UN Report: Global Impact of Flooding between 1995 and 2015


Lancet Report: Countdown on health and climate change


WHO scales up response to worldwide surge in dengue


The Beijing Declaration on Research Data


ANYWHERE final conference


'Better Prepared for Disaster through on-site Broadcasting' Japan's NPGA Handover of Outdoor Broadcasting Vehicle


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 2nd - 8th November 2019


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


NSW and Queensland fires: emergency warnings for 17 fires in NSW

Properties lost as NSW fires continue to burn at emergency levels


At least 42 people killed in Cameroon landslide


Ferocious windstorm leaves over 900 000 without power in Quebec


Colombia - Floods and Landslides Hit Tolima and Antioquia


Storm Amelie leaves thousands without electricity in France

Storm Amelie: 140,000 homes without power in France


Guatemala - 4 Dead, Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides

Hundreds displaced as heavy rains trigger deadly floods and landslides


New Delhi: Health emergency as Indian capital shuts schools due to smog

Maharashtra: Post-monsoon rain damages crops on 136,000 hectares


At least five people confirmed dead as 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits north-western Iran


Ten killed as storms ravage eastern Japan


Schools forced to close as smog chokes Pakistan's second city


Death toll in Philippine earthquakes climbs to 21

At least 17 dead in Cotabato earthquakes


Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tongan archipelago


Persistent heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Uganda, at least 6 dead

Dozens killed in Uganda after landslides destroyed homes and buried animals

United Kingdom

England flooding: Homes evacuated as rain causes travel chaos


Typhoon Matmo injures 14, leaving 1 missing


More than 100 elephants die amid severe drought in Zimbabwe

Other items of interest:

UNDRR/ADPC: An orientation to using the online Sendai Framework Monitor - an online training tool

Over 52 million face hunger crisis due to extreme weather in Africa

A resolute pledge for universal disaster preparedness

The Future Is Now - Science for Achieving Sustainable Development Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

Super typhoon Halong among strongest storms ever seen on Earth

Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

How to write a science paper - Tips from a Pulitzer prizewinner - US novelist Cormac McCarthy.

Guidance for Establishing Crisis Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations

The Last Stand: Evacuating a Hospital in the Middle of a Wildfire

Scientists warn of new health threat caused by global warming

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 26th October - 1st November 2019

Global hazards weekly bulletin

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 26th October - 1st November 2019


Hundreds of koalas burned alive as bushfires ravage northern NSW

Macquarie Marshes bushfire burns 3,000 hectares of internationally recognised wetland


Dengue cases up 350 percent in Araguaína, Tocantins


42 people are killed in Cameroon landslide


Colombia - 10,000 Affected by Floods in Antioquia


Ethiopia - 200,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions


Third local Zika virus case reported in Hyares city


Three dead as heavy rain triggers floods in Nagaland, Assam

Smog cover envelops Delhi after Diwali: Air quality in the Capital hovers between very poor and severe


Indonesian court fines palm oil firm $18.5m over forest fires in 2015


Japan flooding: death toll rises to 10 as heavy rains hit east of country


Kenya - 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN


Philippines earthquake: Deadly tremors strike again killing five and destroying homes

Philippines Struck by Second Big Earthquake in Three Days

Philippines reports 3rd polio case

Republic of the Sudan

Rift Valley fever outbreak in Sudan

Saudi Arabia

Heavy rain season in Saudi Arabia kills 7, injures 11


People feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes

EU boosts humanitarian assistance following floods in Horn of Africa

South Africa

Lightning strike kills four in KZN

South Korea

Yellow dust storm descends on South Korea


40 dead due to heavy rain in Tanzania

United States of America

California fires: Emergency declared state-wide

More than 2 million people expected to lose power in PG&E blackout as California wildfires rage

Other items of interest:

Chagas disease: still a neglected emergency

Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe's waste problem and to foster a more circular economy

Category 4 Kyarr is the strongest cyclone over the Arabian Sea in 12 years

Challenges with Disaster Mortality Data and Measuring Progress Towards the Implementation of the Sendai Framework

Making young minds resilient to disasters

IPCC predicts a grim future for our oceans and frozen lands - but we can still limit the damage

When disasters and conflicts collide

Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, UCI study finds

Moving from drought hazard to impact forecasts

Critical factors for post-disaster educational continuity in urban floods in South and Southeast Asia

Editorial: The urbanization of food insecurity and malnutrition


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 19th - 25th October 2019



Heavy rains, floods kill 19 in Egypt

Eastern Cairo crippled by flash floods


2nd indigenous Zika case reported in Hyeres, France


Eight people killed in landslide in Uttarakhand

Torrential rains spawn devastating floods in Karnataka, India


Deadly flash floods and landslides in Italy following 250 mm of rain in 12 hours


Heavy rains brought by strong positive IOD impact East Africa, hundreds of thousands affected

29 killed, thousands displaced in Kenya floods


At least 18 people dead, 41 959 displaced as persistent rains cause widespread floods, Niger

Niger floods kill 18, displaces over 41,000


Philippines: Dengue epidemic largest in 10 years, Diphtheria cases up


Somalia - Over 70,000 Displaced as Rivers Overflow


Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy

Severe flash floods, tornado hit Spain, leaving 6 dead or missing

Sri Lanka

6 killed, over 8,000 affected by heavy rains in Sri Lanka


Thick cloud of smog suddenly blankets Bangkok

Smog back to hazardous levels in city

United States of America

Tropical Storm Nestor Leaves Path of Destruction in Florida

Northeast Bomb Cyclone Leaves More Than 500,000 Without Power

Tornado destroys buildings in Dallas and cuts electricity to tens of thousands of people

Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma

California power outages hit more than 500,000 amid high winds and fires across the state

Kincade fire: Thousands evacuated as California wildfire rages


More than 50 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe drought

Other items of interest:

Planetary health: from concept to decisive action

IPCC predicts a grim future for our oceans and frozen lands - but we can still limit the damage

Polio news: Six additional wild poliovirus type 1 cases reported, while wild poliovirus type 3 declared eradicated

Africa developing new tools to build resilience to future drought shocks

Dengue: Brazil tops 2 million cases in 2019, Mexico cases double from last year

The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR)

Fujitsu leverages AI tech in joint project to contribute to safe tsunami evacuation in Kawasaki


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

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


Brazil building collapse: Seven-storey block crashes down in Fortaleza


Thousands face evacuations as Manitoba calls state of emergency after snowstorm downs power lines

Manitoba premier to declare state of emergency as snowstorm slams province

El Salvador

Flooding and landslides leave 4 dead in El Salvador

El Salvador: Government issues inclement weather alert nationwide


death toll from landslide in Ethiopia reaches at least 18

Landslide kills 22 in southern Ethiopia


Roofs ripped off houses as tornado tears through French town

France reports 1st local Zika virus case of 2019


Death toll from Japan typhoon rises to 77

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan suffers deadly floods and landslides from storm

Japan reports more than 5,000 syphilis cases for 3rd year in a row


Lebanon calls for help as forest fires spread

Wildfires are raging in Lebanon.


Namibia reports suspected anthrax outbreak, more than 100 affected


Nicaragua - Severe weather - 2 fatalities


Philippines earthquake: Child killed and dozens injured as major 6.4-magnitude quake hits Mindanao island

Death toll rises to three from Philippines earthquake

Republic of the Sudan

Cholera - Republic of the Sudan


Samoa confirms measles epidemic


Sweden salmonella outbreak grows to 71 cases, Tomatoes are the likely source


Death toll from heavy rains in Tanzania rises to 29

Tanzania - Floods Cause Fatalities in Morogoro and Tanga Regions


Thailand: Dengue cases top 100K


4 dead after flood waters sweep away their vehicle

pupils die in mudslide

United states of America

"Bomb cyclone" sets record as strongest October storm ever in Boston area

Record-smashing bomb cyclone or 'explosive cyclogenesis' wreaks havoc in the Northeast

Wildfire deaths rise to 3 as blazes still burn

Other items of interest:

New seismic phenomenon discovered, named stormquakes

Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve productivity and curb climate change

Report - Flood Losses in Europe to Increase Fivefold by 2050

UN - 1995 to 2015, Flood Disasters Affected 2.3 Billion and Killed 157,000

7 million people receive record levels of lifesaving TB treatment but 3 million still miss out

For Every Dollar Invested in Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Six Dollars Are Saved

A UN-wide effort to leave no one behind

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt, says Mark Carney

EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook 2019

2019 global hunger index the challenge of hunger and climate change

Resilient Greater Christchurch 2019

New effective vaccines for Lyme disease are coming

Global Vaccination Summit begins Monday to fight vaccine hesitancy


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 5th - 11th October 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 5th - 11th October 2019



Bushfires threaten communities in northern NSW and Queensland's Lockyer Valley

Australia bushfires: Dozens of houses destroyed or damaged


Ramnabad River erosion causing havoc in Kalapara


Worst drought in 60 years kills at least 106 000 farm animals in Chile

Thousands of animals die in Chile drought


Colombia - Thousands Hit by Flooding in North

Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire - Flash flood update - October 2019

Deadly Floods in Abidjan and Aboisso Departments

Democratic Republic of Congo

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Six killed after heavy rains hit DR Congo's capital

Congo's Ebola outbreak slows but still entrenched in insecure areas

WHO - Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo: Disease outbreak news, 10 October 2019


Evacuations After Flash Floods in Copan and Colon Departments


Bihar Floods: dengue cases cross 1,100 mark


First rainfall in months in Greater Jakarta brings deadly flash floods, landslides

Peat Wildfires in Central Kalimantan


Storm Lorenzo: Power outages and flooding in Donegal

Over 3,600 homes and businesses still without power after Storm Lorenzo

Islamic Republic of Iran

Deadly Flash Floods in South - At Least 5 Dead, Over 100 Displaced

Iran - Flash floods (ECHO Daily Flash)


Hagibis intensifies to Category 5 Super Typhoon in one of the most explosive intensification rates on record


Floods displace over 1,000 people in Moyale

Four die in Meru as flash floods wreak havoc


Mexico's Popocatapetl volcano erupted 14 times in one night


Recurring floods destroy over 3,000 farmlands in NW Nigeria

Nigeria - Thousands Displaced by Benue and Niger River Floods


Over 1,100 Dengue Cases Reported Within 8 Days of October in Karachi


Taal Volcano records 87 quakes in 24 hours

PHIVOLCS raises Alert Level 1 over Taal Volcano


Floods destroy over 2000 households in Torit state

North Darfur town devastated by rains, flash floods


Thailand chikungunya cases top 8,000

United States of America

US experiencing most cases of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis in recorded history, new CDC report says

Wildfire explodes in Southern California, prompting mandatory evacuations amid power outages

Record snowfall wreaks havoc in Spokane, more than 36,000 customers without power

October winter storm producing widespread hazards across the West and Plains


Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State


Severe Flooding Drowns Can Tho as Tides Reach Highest Levels in 30 Years

High Tides and Rising Rivers Flood Can Tho

Other items of interest:

For every dollar invested in climate-resilient infrastructure six dollars are saved, Secretary-General says in message for Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Global mapping of citizen science projects for disaster risk reduction

Critical infrastructure including schools, health facilities and roads threatened by climate crisis

Pacific coalition for the advancement of school safety: For a bright future safe from disasters for all children

Pursuing disaster risk reduction on fractured foundations: the case of Chad

Cause-specific mortality and natural disasters: The urgent need for change. Working Paper 003

New research finds climate adaptation is an opportunity for transformative change in cities

Social connections boost resilience among elderly after disaster

Dengue cases are surging around the world - some blame a changing climate


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 28th September - 4th October 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 28th September - 4th October 2019


Four dead, 2 missing as bridge collapses in Taiwan after passage of Typhoon Mitag


Widespread flooding across Colombia causes infrastructure damage


Guatemala - Floods and Landslides Affect Thousands

Rainy season triggers lahar flows for volcanoes throughout Guatemala


Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flooding

India floods: Death toll rises to 139 in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

22 dead, 8 others missing as heavy rains pound Maharashtra


Tropical Storm Narda leaves at least 1 dead, widespread damage in several states

Storm damage extensive in Yelapa, Jalisco; 300 families affected


Worst drought in 90 years hits Namibia, over 61,000 cattle and other livestock perish


Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Eight killed in rain, flood related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Papua New Guinea

Residents flee after volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

Evacuations after Papua New Guinea volcano erupts again


Philippines dengue outbreak surpasses 300,000 case mark

Death toll in dengue in Philippines climbs to over 1,200


Over 4500 people displaced, 6 killed as widespread floods hit Senegal

Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions

South Korea

South Korea confirms 2 new African swine fever cases, now 13 in all as disease spreads

Several killed as Typhoon Mitag lashes South Korea, triggering landslides

Typhoon Mitag kills at least 9 in South Korea


Three districts in capital hit by toxic smog

Toxic smog covers greater Bangkok


Timor-Leste is the latest country to report African swine fever


Heavy rains cause flash floods in Northeastern Turkey

Flash floods in Artvin


Uganda: Rain Destroys 500 Households in Namutumba

United Kingdom

Flash flooding and major incident as downpours hit UK

UK weather: Major incident declared as village floods amid heavy rain


Yemen - Floods Hit Southern and Central Areas

Other items of interest:

Actions not words: what was promised at the UN's landmark climate summit?

High-Level Review Calls for Increased Support for SIDS' Disaster Management

Global adaptation governance: An emerging but contested domain

Rockefeller Foundation - Precision Public Health: Leveraging Data to Unlock Health for All

World must invest $1.8 trillion in mangroves, early warning systems and infrastructure to hold back climate change

Launch of 'Data for Now' - a new initiative to provide real time data on the world's biggest challenges

India Launches Global Coalition for Disaster-Resilient Infrastructure

Disaster risk reduction in conflict contexts: an agenda for action

WHO supports Islamic Republic of Iran in enhancing health system resilience against floods

World Bank - When a hurricane strikes, diseases know no borders


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 21st-27th September 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 21st - 27th September 2019



Strong earthquake in Albania damages buildings and injures 100


Bangladesh dengue outbreak tops 85K, West Nile Virus reported for the first time


More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires


30 killed in landslide at Chad gold mine


Chikungunya: Ethiopia outbreak tops 40,000 cases


Rain fury kills 12 in Pune; 28,000 people evacuated


Magnitude 6.5 earthquake kills at least 20 in Indonesia

Indonesia reports more deaths from Ambon earthquake

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk, says Unicef

Worsening smog kills two in Sumatra


Typhoon Tapah leaves more than 50 injured in Japan

Powerful typhoon triggers blackout in southern Japan


"The Blob" is back: Pacific heat wave already second-largest in recent history


Pakistan earthquake death toll rises to 37 with over 500 injured

37 dead, hundreds injured after Pakistan earthquake

Sri Lanka

80,000 affected due to the weather


Sweden reports 90 additional tularemia cases in past week


Uganda: Rain Destroys 500 Households in Namutumba

United Republic of Tanzania

Cases of undiagnosed febrile illness in the United Republic of Tanzania

United States of America

5 deaths now linked to flooding in Texas after Tropical Storm Imelda

A 'mini tsunami' from Hurricane Dorian drowned 28 wild horses on islands off the coast of North Carolina

Vaping-related illnesses jump to 805 nationwide; deaths rise to 12


Millions left without water in drought-hit Zimbabwe as "lack of currency" sees treatment plant shut down

Other items of interest:

UN welcomes "most comprehensive agreement ever" on global health

Counting on The World to Act: A Roadmap for Governments to Achieve Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development

Data for Now: Accelerating progress through timely information

Study tallies huge hidden health costs from climate change

FDA Approves Vaccine Against Smallpox, Monkeypox

Top five open source-powered solutions to mitigate the impact of natural disasters announced as finalists in Call for Code global coding challenge

Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

UK aid to help protect one billion people from impact of extreme weather

Report - Flood Losses in Europe to Increase Fivefold by 2050

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 14th - 20th September 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 14th - 20th September 2019


Hurricane Humberto leaves 80% of Bermuda without power

Hurricane Humberto Leaves 28,000 Without Power In Bermuda

Democratic Republic of Congo

WHO - Ebola Virus Disease Update 19 September

Violence, 15 new Ebola cases reported in DRC outbreak


Flash Floods Hit Thessaloniki


Malaysia and Indonesia shut thousands of schools as forest fires worsen

Baby dies of smog-related illness as tens of thousands more suffer


Hurricane Lorena Causes Flooding in Jalisco


Six from same family killed in Nepal landslide


Mudslide in Pakistani-administered Kashmir kills 7


First case of polio in 19 years reported in the Philippines

Ministry confirms 2nd case of polio in the Philippines

Sri Lanka

One killed, over 7,000 affected by adverse weather in Sri Lanka


Singapore smog worst in three years as forest fires rage

Singapore: Dengue tally now 12,000, Zika cluster confirmed

South Korea

South Korea confirms first outbreak of African swine fever

First outbreak of African swine fever confirmed in Korea


At least six people killed after floods hit Spain


At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

United States of America

Tropical Storm Imelda: two dead and more than 1,000 rescued as floods hit Texas

Wildfires continue spreading in California


Other items of interest:

IFRC - The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Humanitarian Price of Climate Change and How It Can Be Avoided

Next generation disaster data infrastructure

Global Heat Health Digest / September 2019

Climate disasters have already displaced 7 million people this year, nearly twice as many as conflict — here are the countries hit hardest

EEA Newsletter - September 2019 - Making sustainability happen: new European policies offer a unique opportunity

Rising number of fatal landslides makes 2019 the worst year on record

World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 7th - 13th September 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 7th - 13th September 2019


Hurricane Dorian: Number of missing drops to 1,300


Bolivian wildfires destroy two million hectares of forest


Storms batter Sarnia - 5,000 residents were without power


1 dead, 29 injured after earthquake shakes China's Sichuan province


Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close


Lightning Kills 8 in Jharkhand; Monsoon Remains Active

Parts of Maharashtra record more than 100 mm rain in just 24 hrs, Pune and Mumbai rains to continue


Deadly Typhoon Faxai impacting Tokyo with flooding, high winds


Floods Kill At Least 14 in Southern Laos, Hundreds of Thousands Displaced


At least seven people die in flash floods in southern Morocco


Niger floods kill 57 and affect more than 130,000


WHO: Nigeria rushes into current flash flooding to mitigate health hazards

North Korea

Typhoon Lingling: Powerful typhoon passes over North Korea

Powerful typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea; hundreds of homes destroyed


Torrential rain has caused flooding in Spain and the Balearics

Deadly floods and a tornado in Spain


WHO responds to cholera cases in Sudan


Flooding claims the lives of 28 and damages 370,749 households in Northeast Thailand

United States of America

Tornado hits Sioux Falls, South Dakota, causes 'significant damage' to dozens of buildings

Western Europe

Maas river too vulnerable as source of drinking water: report

Other items of interest

COP26: Glasgow to host UN climate change summit in 2020

Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

Illuminating Inequalities: launch of the 2019 global MPI

How to Build a National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): Using the MPI to inform the SDGs.

How to accelerate change towards sustainability?   

Regional Drought and Crop Yield Information System

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 31st August - 6th September 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 31st August to 6th September


Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North Algeria


Firefighters battle bushfires across South East Queensland

Residents prepare to flee Scenic Rim blaze as 25 further fires rage across state

Australia reports worst flu season on record


At least 30 dead and thousands still missing as Hurricane Dorian leaves destruction in its wake

Hurricane Dorian: Scale of Bahamas devastation emerges


Over 700 people hospitalized for dengue in 24 hours

Dengue cases soar in Bangladesh


Huge lightning storm in Okanagan ignites wildfires

New marine heat wave identified off the coast of British Columbia

Democratic Republic of Congo

WHO Situation Report - Ebola virus disease - 3 September

World's second largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases


Chikungunya epidemic strikes 15,000 in Ethiopia

Chikungunya Outbreak in Ethiopia: Thousands of Cases Recorded


Parts of French Polynesia declare Dengue Type 2 epidemic


At least 4 dead as monsoon deluge sparks Mumbai chaos

Over 1,300 people evacuated as heavy rains lash Mumbai


Stromboli volcano in Italy erupts for second time in two months

Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts again with "high intensity"


Truck and train collide in Japan, killing one, injuring at least 34


Leishmaniasis cases continue to rise

Flash floods kill seven people in Kenya's Hell's Gate park


Storm wreaks havoc in central Lao provinces

Strong storm hits Lao


Liberia declares health emergency as Lassa fever deaths rise to 21

Liberia declares health emergency over Lassa fever outbreak


Over 18,000 pine trees affected by bark beetle infestation

Marshall Islands

Marshalls sees first dengue fever death

Marshall Islands issues state of emergency over dengue


At least seven people die in flash floods in southern Morocco

Second Wave of Flooding Hits Southern Morocco


Dengue cases surge 66% in a week

Nepal witnesses alarming rise in dengue cases

New Zealand

New Zealand measles outbreak rises above 1,000 cases

New Zealand measles outbreak - over 1,000 confirmed cases


Floods Leave 42 Dead and 5,000 Homes Destroyed

Heavy rain and flooding affects over 60,000 in Niger


Dengue cases in Philippines hit nearly 230,000 with over 950 deaths


Spain Listeria outbreak: More than 200 cases, 3 deaths

Spain Issues International Health Alert Over Listeriosis Outbreak


Ongoing flooding in Sudan kills at least 78 people


Sweden tularemia count nears 700

Sweden reports surge in tularemia cases


Floods kill six people as Tropical Storm Podul batters northern Thailand

Several provinces hard hit by Podul


African Swine Fever outbreak confirmed in Kabale

Uganda - Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

United States of America

Hurricane Dorian: Millions ordered to evacuate as re-energised storm threatens North Carolina

Hurricane Dorian knocks out power to over 223,000 in US Southeast

Southern California wildfire: Almost 1,000 acres burned, hundreds evacuated

Cabell HIV cluster growing at consistent rate, reportedly linked to opioid crisis


One dead, another missing as Tropical Cyclone "Kajiki" strikes Vietnam


Zambia experiences drought and increasing food insecurity


Other items of interest:

Review of the integration of disaster risk reduction in the work of the United Nations system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - 2019

Hurricane Dorian crystallizes existential threat posed to small island developing states by climate emergency

Social media in disaster communication: A case study of strategies, barriers, and ethical implications

The future of disaster risk pooling for developing countries: Where do we go from here?

IAEA advises Bangladesh on testing nuclear technology to fight dengue mosquito

Drought vulnerability indicators for global-scale drought risk assessments

Hajj health and safety boosted by new Health Early Warning System

Apply for a Churchill Fellowship in Emergency Response (Travel Grant Scheme)

Words into Action guidelines: Implementation guide for land use and urban planning


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 24th - 30th August 2019


Measles: Four European nations lose eradication status

Measles Outbreak 2019: Albania, Greece, the Czech Republic and UK lose measles-free status


Amazon Forest Fire Impacts Affect Northern Argentina

Smoke and ashes from Amazon wildfire reach Argentina


Bolivia: catastrophic wildfires devastate forest

Over a million hectares lost in rapidly spreading Bolivia fires


Amazon fires: Brazil bans land clearance blazes for 60 days

Brazil: fears for isolated Amazon tribes as fires erupt on protected reserves


1.8 million hectares of Canada burned by forest fires so far this year


Typhoon Bailu makes landfall in East China

18 stranded, 6 injured in Taiwan as Tropical Storm Bailu heads towards China

At least 8 people killed after tornado hits Hainan, China

Cote d'Ivoire

Mystery disease in the Ivory Coast kills 28

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola outbreak: death toll tops 2,000 in DRC

Second largest Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases


Forest fire continues in Gori Municipality, firefighters and three helicopters in operation


Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Aviation Colour Code Red

Volcano on Italian island of Stromboli spews lava and ash in latest eruption


Record rainfall hits southwestern Japan, leaving 3 people dead - Level 4 Emergency Alert

Japan orders 900,000 to leave homes amid heavy rains, landslide fears


WHO issues alert over fake Augmentin tablets in Kenya

Fake antibiotic seized in Kenya


Flooding in South Leaves 5 Dead

Mauritania - Flooding Causes Widespread Damage


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 17th - 23rd August 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 17th - 23rd August 2019



Noosa bushfire comes within metres of homes as Bribie fire continues to burn

Sydney's water supply falling at fastest rate on record due to drought


Anthrax: Belarus reports 1st case in two decades

Animal anthrax case in Belarus


Bolivia continues to battle wildfires


Smoke from burning Amazon rainforest plunges Sao Paulo into darkness

Record number of wildfires in Brazil's Amazon

Thousands of fires ravaging the Amazon


Typhoon Bailu expected to hit Taiwan this weekend

Dozens Dead or Missing After Floods in Sichuan

Democratic Republic of Congo

WHO Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hospital Ebola spread confirmed in South Kivu, DRC

Fourth Ebola case reported in DRC's South Kivu province


Over 1,500 dengue cases for the first 4 months of 2019

Fiji reports 1,894 dengue cases in four months


At least 25,000 People Affected by Floods and Landslides

Flooding and landslides in Guatemala- three main highways affected


1058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India

At least 19 killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh


Krosa: One dead, 49 injured as tropical storm hits Japan

Powerful Typhoon Krosa set to wallop western Japan


Laos - Flooding Hits Northern Provinces


Mexico issues an Emergency Declaration for the Huixtla due to heavy rain and waterlogging


African swine fever detected in Myanmar Shan state special region


Nigeria - Homes Destroyed or Damaged After Floods in North East

Floods destroy 182 houses, displace thousands in North East Nigeria


Pakistan - 12 Killed After Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in North

Landslide kills seven in Rawalakot as heavy rain continues

Pakistani authorities evacuate 2,000 from flood-hit areas


Peru reports low temperatures affecting communities, livestock, and agricultural land

Severe weather in Peru - ECHO Daily flash


Poland lightning strike kills four, injures over 100, in Tatra mountains storm

Deadly storms hit Tatra Mountains range in Poland, Slovakia


Gran Canaria wildfire triggers evacuation of thousands of people

Over 9,000 evacuated as wildfire rages in the Canary Islands for second time this summer

Flash Floods in Valencia Region After 40mm of Rain in Less Than 1 Hour


Sudan floods kill at least 54 since July

Six people drown, more areas flooded in Sudan


Heavy downpours, flash floods hit Istanbul

Heavy rain wreaks havoc in Istanbul

Forest fire destroys over 1,200 acres of land

United Kingdom

UK loses measles-free status from WHO after fall in MMR vaccination rates

United States of America

West Nile virus outbreak declared in Las Vegas area

Severe storms hit Capital Region; 20,000 without power

Storm bringing wind, hail leaves thousands without power

Montana hailstorm kills 11,000 birds


Other items of interest

The Inverse Response Law: Theory and Relevance to the Aftermath of Disasters

UN ESCAP: Growing disaster risks exceeding Asia-Pacific's capacity to respond

World Bank links catastrophe & pandemic risk finance for the Maldives

How national governments can better manage global catastrophic risks

Lancet - Reaching critical mass on mass shootings in the USA

Climate, urbanization, and conflict: the effects of weather shocks and floods on urban social disorder

The economics of (and obstacles to) aligning development and climate change adaptation

Second round of oral cholera vaccine reaches nearly 400 000 people in Aden, Taiz and Al Dhale'e

New study calls for humanitarians and private sector to ‘learn each other's language' on risk

Even small amounts of air pollution linked to risk of early death, study finds

Japan earthquake task force to redesign hazard maps to aid people with color vision deficiencies

Learning to lead: Women take action for community-based disaster risk reduction in Cambodia

Indigenous leaders call for Arctic cooperation against wildfires


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10th - 16th August 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 10th - 16th August 2019



Floods take heavy toll on six provinces


Landslide in Chile - six killed, two more injured


Typhoon Lekima hits China, leaving 3 million homes without power, at least 18 dead and 16 missing

Work, classes cancelled in 5 Kaohsiung districts due to torrential rains

Top alert level of Air Quality Health Index reached in Hong Kong

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola outbreak spreads to new province

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo


Flooding in Ethiopia -25,000 reportedly affected


Strong winds fan wildfire raging in southern France

Over 1,000 hectares of vegetation ravaged by fire in south France


Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Evia

Hundreds of fire fighters battle wild fires in Greece as smoke blankets Athens


Severe weather in Honduras - local hospital hit


India issues new flood alert as monsoon death toll reaches 244

India floods, landslides kill more than 270


Dozens of cars and homes damaged as plane debris rains from sky


One man dead, 49 people injured as powerful tropical storm hits western Japan

Nearly 600,000 advised to evacuate as tropical storm makes landfall


Rare tornado injures 19

Tornado leaves trail of destruction in Luxembourg


Dengue cases in Malaysia climb to nearly 80,000


Over 50 killed in Myanmar landslide; search and rescue operations on

Tens of thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar as landslide toll hits 59

Dengue fever kills 48, infects over 10,700 people in Myanmar

New Zealand

Severe storm, damaging waterspout hits Auckland waterfront


Floods and Rain Leave 26 Dead in Sindh Province

Death toll in Karachi rises to 11 as heavy monsoon rains cause 'critical situation'

Republic of Ireland

3,000 homes, farms and businesses without power due to high winds and lightning


Floods in Sudan kill 46 - affects 16 out of 18 states

Thousands left homeless after heavy rains batter Sudan


Two missing after violent storm, large mudslide hit Swiss Alps


Thailand dengue case count nears 50,000


Turkish firefighters battle large forest fire in western Aanakkale province

Wildfires break out on Marmara Island, Istanbul's Burgazada

United Kingdom

Worthing pier: People vomiting with sore eyes after 'hazardous incident'

Worthing beach ‘chemical spill' may have been from passing ship

United States

Florida latest place to declare emergency over hepatitis A

Mississippi reports hepatitis A outbreak


Vietnam - 10 Dead, 2,000 Evacuated After Floods in Central and Southern Areas

Flooding in Vietnam - nearly 3,900 houses, more than 22,000 hectares of crops submerged

Other items of interest:

Ebola drugs show 90% survival rate in breakthrough trial

UNDP extend drought preparedness efforts

PAHO warns of complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean

Integration Adaptation into Social and Economic Development: Insights from some "Early Movers" 

Uganda DRR budget tracking - what are the key areas of investment?

New study shows Hurricane Harvey's long lasting health effects on Houston residents

A Perfect Storm: Extreme Weather as an Affordable Housing Crisis Multiplier

More Women Die in Natural Disasters—Why? And What Can Be Done?

Disaster preparedness to reduce anxiety and post-disaster stress


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 3rd - 9th August 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 3rd - 9th August 2019


Europe fights 'urgent challenge' of African swine fever spread

Fresh case of swine fever in Slovakia as eastern Europe scrambles to contain disease

Moldova reports two more outbreaks of African swine fever


Storms bring localised flooding to the Adelaide Hills, blackouts across state

Extreme weather: Severe winds, snow, surf and rain lash Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales


Dengue claims 29 lives, infects nearly 35,000 in Bangladesh

Over 2,000 dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hours in Bangladesh


Bolivia declares red alert due to wildfires - 20,000 hectares of land burned in last week


Burundi malaria outbreak at epidemic levels as half of population infected

Burundi facing epidemic levels of Malaria, 1,800 dead so far this year

Capital city Bujumbura closes bars and restaurants after cholera outbreak


Southern Alberta hailstorm causes damage to properties, powerlines and crops

Wildfire in Okanagan Valley nearly triples in size to 6 sq. km, expected to keep growing


China on red alert as Typhoon Lekima bears down on east coast

At least 9 dead, 4 missing in central China flash flood

Magnitude 6.0 quake rattles Taiwan, triggers some power cuts


Powerful storm in Balkans injures several, causes damage

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola virus disease - Democratic Republic of the Congo: Disease outbreak news, 8 August 2019

DRC health officials test 12 more patients for Ebola

Measles outbreak in DRC: 137,000 cases since the beginning of the year


Greenland's ice sheet melts record amount during August heat wave


Heavy rain and winds hit Guatemala - over 70 injured, and 300 evacuated

Guatemala - Flash Floods Prompt Evacuations


Floods Hit Odisha, More Evacuations in Maharashtra and Karnataka

Floods in India kill 33 and displace over 180,000 people from their homes


Indonesia fires rage as farmers raze the land

Thick haze strikes Central Kalimantan following fires


Casargo evacuation: 200 evacuated after landslide cascades through town near Lake Como

Evacuations After Floods and Landslides in Lombardy


Heatwave sends over 18000 to hospitals, claims 57 lives in 7 days

Japan on typhoon watch as heatwave death toll climbs

Volcano erupts near Tokyo, prompting warnings of ash and gas

Severe weather warning issued as Typhoon Lekima threatens Okinawa region


Haze warnings in Malaysia from fires in neighbouring Indonesia


Rain and hail across Mexico causes Briseño Canal to overflow


Floods displace over 30,000 people in lower Myanmar

Myanmar floods force tens of thousands from homes


Three killed, seven injured in Baglung landslide

Baglung landslide death toll climbs to 3


Nigeria - Deaths Reported as Floods Hit Eastern and Central Areas

Flood ravages Imo communities - over 6,000 displaced

Papua New Guinea

PNG's West New Britain struggling after second volcanic eruption

Mt Ulawun erupts, fine ash falls on Kimbe Town


Philippines declares dengue epidemic as deaths surge

Philippines declares epidemic after dengue fever kills more than 600 and cases up by 98%

Tropical Cyclone - up to 1,600 people displaced in Davao City


500 firefighters battle forest fire in central Portugal


Massive explosions at Russian arms depot forces more than 16,000 people to evacuate

Mass evacuation after fire triggers explosions at Siberian base

Wildfire zone in Irkutsk region widens to over 675,000 hectares in past 24 hours

Sierra Leone

Deadly Flash Floods Hit Freetown, Sierra Leone

At least 5 dead in flash flooding in Sierra Leone's capital


Sudan - 12 States Hit by Heavy Rain

Two dead in Sudan floods


Flash floods damage towns in northern Turkey's Ordu

At least 66 houses, 264 shops damaged in Turkish flood

United Kingdom

Disruption as torrential rain causes flooding across Scotland

United States of America

Health officials declare Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota

Two injured after tornado, strong winds causes significant damage in Burke

Utah flooding causes mudslides, evacuations and closes Little Cottonwood Canyon overnight


Several dead, missing as Tropical Storm Wipha slams into Vietnam

Tropical Storm Wipha Leaves 5 Dead, 13 Missing


At least 9 killed in heavy rains, floods in North West Yemen

Twelve dead and 27 water barriers collapsed after rains and floods in Al-Mahweet


Other items of interest:

WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework

Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems

WHO - Proposed health commitments for the UN Climate Summit

Rapid urbanisation and implications for indigenous knowledge in early warning on flood risk in African cities

Community citizen science: From promise to action

Asian Development Bank introduces contingent disaster financing for disasters caused by natural hazards

Climate Change and Migration in Vulnerable Countries: A snapshot of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States

Principles on investment and financing for water-related disaster risk reduction

Indonesia: Tech innovators seek to minimize casualties of natural disasters

Candle in the wind? Energy system resilience to natural shocks

First insights from the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool: A large-scale community flood resilience analysis

Rapid risk assessment for communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies: validation of a rapid risk assessment tool


Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 27th July - 2nd August 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 27th July - 2nd August 2019


More than 100 Arctic wildfires burn in worst ever season


Drought-stricken New South Wales braces for an early bushfire season with not enough water to take them on

It's still winter, but parts of New South Wales are now officially in bushfire season


Tornado touches down in Quebec's Mauricie region, Environment Canada confirmed

Tornado caused severe damage and injuries in Quebec town: 3 people taken to hospital with minor injuries and around 50 dwellings were damaged


Tropical Storm Wipha: some 718 flights cancelled or delayed after year's first No 8 typhoon signal issued

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ebola: second death confirmed in Goma

Panic and confusion as Rwanda closes border with DRC over Ebola outbreak


Greenland's ice sheet melting so fast it has caused global sea levels to rise 0.5mm in just a month

A heat wave is turning Greenland's ice to slush


India's latest crisis: 600 million people struggle with drought

India floods: Over 1,000 train passengers rescued near Mumbai

Is India's weather becoming more extreme?


Indonesia steps up response to massive forest fires

Indonesia declares emergency as forest fires rage in Sumatra, Kalimantan


Deadly heatwave blankets Japan, with 11 dead and 5,700 hospitalised in one week

Theme park mascot dies after dancing for 20 minutes in costume during Japan heatwave


Norway Landslides: One Man Presumed Dead, Several Others Missing


Monsoon rains leave 16 people dead in Sindh

Monsoon rain brings relief from heat in Sindh but disrupts lives of citizens


Torrential rains and mudslides in Peru kills four people and strands 2,000 tourists


Philippines earthquakes: Eight dead and 60 injured as quakes hit north of country


Russian army ordered to tackle massive wildfires raging in Siberia and other regions in the east

Russia engineers climate to induce rain as wildfires rage across Siberia

United Kingdom

Severe flooding sparks major incident - as fresh weather warning issued for swathes of England

Yorkshire Dales flash flooding: Roads shut and bridge collapses

Whaley Bridge dam collapse: Evacuation over Toddbrook Reservoir fears

United States of America

Pipeline explosion in Kentucky kills one and injures several more

Kentucky gas line explodes, killing one and igniting homes


Drought and water shortages pose a big threat in the sub-Mekong region

Other Items of Interest

UK deploys more public health experts to DRC for Ebola outbreak response

Societies worldwide have become more resilient to climate disasters

The Exceptional 2018 European Water Seesaw Calls for Action on Adaptation

Africa's Crippling Drought Shows the Importance of Climate Change Adaptation

Climate records fall as Europe bakes in heatwave

Innovation rush aims to help farmers, rich and poor, beat climate change

Understanding our Political Nature: How to put knowledge and reason at the heart of policy decision-making

Mekong River at its lowest in 100 years, threatening food supply

Arctic wildfires, hybrid embryos and record-breaking heatwave: The week in science: 26 July-1 August 2019

Back to menu Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 20th - 26th July 2019

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 20th - 26th July 2019


Paris Records 42.6 Degrees Celsius As Europe Roasts In Heatwave

Records broken in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands as heatwave hits Europe


Strong storms and snowfall leave thousands without power


More than 60 killed, hundreds of thousands displaced by flooding in Bangladesh

Bangladesh flood death toll surpasses 100


Brazil: Death toll from floods, landslide reach 13

Heavy Rainfall Turns Deadly, Causes Landslides and Flooding in Greater Recife


Manitoba First Nation faces evacuation as forest fire threatens

1,000 lightning strikes spark 10 new wildfires in British Columbia


Raging wildfires engulf forests across Chile

Intense snowfall in Araucanía leaves thousands isolated, many more without power


Deadly landslides hit China's southwest, 30 missing

Landslides in southwest China kill at least 16

Costa Rica

Costa Rica declares a state of emergency due to drought


More than a dozen buildings damaged by Friday's quake

Telecommunications in Athens collapse after earthquake


At least 174 dead in Bihar, Assam floods

Rains lash Kerala: 4 dead, 3 missing, red alert sounded in many districts


Indonesian volcano erupts near third-biggest city

Tangkuban Parahu volcano near Bandung erupts


Mount Etna erupts, closing two airports

Two dead, three more injured in gas leak explosion on Italian island of Elba


Heavy rain soaks Japan, tens of thousands ordered to evacuate

Evacuation orders issued in western Japan as rain increases risk of landslides


Thousands Displaced by Floods in Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway

More than 45,000 people affected by first monsoon flood


Mudslide in Nepal mountain village kills 8, 2 missing

Country death toll from floods, landslides rises to 111


Smog alarm issues for multiple Dutch provinces

RIVM issues smog warning as temperatures near 40 Celsius


Seven dead as torrential rains continue to lash Pakistan

At least 5 killed in rain-related incidents in Pakistan, flood warning issued


Volcano eruption leads to state of emergency, 30,000 evacuated in southern Peru

Days later, Peru warns of fresh volcanic explosions in Ubinas


Wildfire Blazes in Portugal, Injuring 32

Strong winds reignite wildfires in central Portugal

Sri Lanka

Nine killed, 19 injured in adverse weather in Sri Lanka

Thousands of buildings damaged in strong winds


Historic severe drought wreaks havoc in parts of Thailand

Eight Thai provinces on verge of water crisis


Homes and Crops Destroyed After Flash Floods in Western Region

Heavy floods affect over 2,800 people in western Uganda

United Kingdom

Thousands stranded after heatwave causes chaos at train stations and airports

Manchester tornado leaves uprooted trees, smashed cars, and damaged buildings

United States of America

Rare tornado hits Cape Cod leaving thousands without power

Powerful derecho sweeps through Midwest, leaves 365,000 without power

Severe rainfall hits New York City area, causing power outages across the region


Vanuatu declares a state of emergency over coconut beetle

Vanuatu announces state of emergency as beetles threaten coconut industry


Venezuela blackout: Power cuts plunge country into darkness

Caracas plunged into darkness after massive power outage

Other items of interest:

From risk to resilience: Pathways for sustainable development

Environmental health inequalities in Europe. Second assessment report (2019)

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere hit record high in May

The role of data interoperability in disaster risk reduction: Barriers, challenges and regional initiatives

Coastal flooding and frontline health care services: challenges for flood risk resilience in the English health care system

Shaping the global agenda to maximize city leadership on the SDGs

The chronology of a disaster: A review and assessment of the value of acting early on household welfare

The risk of dying in bushfires: A comparative analysis of fatalities and survivors

The natural environment as a disaster hazard - the growing global health threat

Get ready for new forms of extreme weather: hurricanes plus heat waves

Evacuating a Region: How a Healthcare Coalition Supported Evacuations During Hurricane Harvey


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

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



Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern


Floods hit over a million people in Bangladesh

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


Landslides in Bolivia affect over 6,000 families


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

Flooding causes concerns over dam incident in Bahia State


Macroalgae suffocating the Caribbean now stretches from Africa to Mexico

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


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


Croatia music event evacuated due to forest fire

Thousands of tourists evacuated as forest fire threatens Croatian beach festival

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

Ebola virus reaches Congolese city of Goma


Reventador Volcano registers gas emissions and ashfall, orange alert issued


Monsoon floods kill dozens and displace millions in India

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


Six die in South Halmahera earthquake

Thousands evacuated after 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia


Hundreds Evacuated After Fires Break Out Across Israel

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


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

Intense eruptive activity continues at Stromboli volcano

Eruption at Etna's New Southeast Crater, Italy


Japan - worst mass killing in two decades claims 33 lives

Arson attack in Kyoto kills 33


Dozens Evacuated or Rescued After Floods in Western Greece Region

Floods hit western Greece days after deadly storm kills 7


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

Macroalgae problem in Cancun hits tourism industry


Thousands Displaced in North and West Myanmar as Rivers Overflow

Monsoon flooding forces thousands from their homes in Myanmar


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

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


At least 23 reported dead in Neelum Valley flood

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


Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain From Storm Danas

Strong winds from tropical Storm Danas batter the Philippines


Costa Blanca forest fire: Homes evacuated and roads cut off

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


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

Thousands evacuated as Taiwan braces for first typhoon this year


Seven reported missing, 69 rescued in flash floods, landslides

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

United States of America

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

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

Heart of New York goes dark as Manhattan suffers power outage

Days After Manhattan Blackout, Storms Leave Thousands in Dark

Hawaii wildfire forces thousands to evacuate Maui towns

100 Homes Damaged or Destroyed by July Nebraska Floods

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


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

Ongoing drought in Zimbabwe affects water access for millions


Other items of interest:

IFRC: Heatwave Guide for Cities

Five communities building resilience to thrive in an uncertain future

New ISO standard for urban resilience in development

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

Cybersecurity and its cascading effect on societal systems

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

Sustainable development will falter without data

Earth observation data: the new frontier in climate resilience

Opinion - Uncontrolled chemical releases: A silent, growing threat

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

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

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

A wake-up call for the Ebola outbreak response

The Missing Billion - Prioritising disability in universal health coverage


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 6th - 12th July


Scores of Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh destroyed by flooding

Landslides: 248 families moved to Khagrachhari shelter centres


Smog warning in effect for Montreal following wildfires

Canadian wildfires continue to send smoke, haze across borders

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


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

Thousands Displaced by Floods in Jiangxi Province


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

Worst storm of the year hits Croatia, widespread damage reported


France on drought alert as 39 departements impose water restrictions


Greek storms kill six as extreme weather prompts state of emergency

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

Greece - Forest Fire (ECHO Daily Flash)


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

Assam flood claims 3 lives, more rain expected

Cloudburst in Arunachal Pradesh; More Than 800 Stranded


Deadly M5.7 earthquake hits southern Iran, numerous aftershocks

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


Storms, hail and lightening batter Italy

Hail hits Pescara; at least 18 injured


Flash floods in Malacca (ECHO Daily Flash)

Melaka floods worsen; over 1000 people forced to evacuate


Torrential rain triggers Puebla mudslide, killing seven

Landslide buries 7 in central Mexico


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

Seventy people rescued in flood-hit Chitral area


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

Tornado hits Iasi, Romania


One dead as flash floods hit Navarra

United States of America

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

Deadly Flash Floods Hit Pennsylvania

Heatwave and Wildfires in Alaska as Temperatures Hit 90 Degrees

Other items of interest:

One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns

New tool helps withstand hybrid and cascading risk scenarios

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

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

Digital tracking of environmental risks offers insights to humanitarian actors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Wildfire forcing evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation in Ontario


Six killed, 190 injured after sudden tornado in Liaoning province

Tornado tears through Chinese city of Kaiyuan - thousands evacuated


Evacuations in Ecuador After Rivers Overflow in Sucumbaos


Firefighters battle wildfires in France after temperatures hit 45.9C

France Hit by Fires in South as Heatwave Reaches Peak


Hundreds evacuated as wildfire rages through eastern Germany

German Wildfires Cause Old War Munitions to Explode


Greek wildfires: 4 more villages evacuated on Evia island

Wildfire blazing through Evia


More Flash Floods in Ouest Department Leave Several Dead

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


Hundreds Displaced in Assam as Rivers Rise

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

Death toll rises after walls collapse amid India monsoon rains


Italy volcano: eruption on island of Stromboli, evacuations begin

One dead, several injured or missing after Stromboli volcano eruption


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

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

Papua New Guinea

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

Thousands displaced in Papua New Guinea following double volcanic eruptions


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

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


Spain hit by more wildfires as heatwave continues

Spain wildfire triggers more evacuations


Two hurt, thousands without power as tornado hits southern Taiwan

Tornado leaves 7,400 without power in Pingtung, Taiwan


Tropical storm Mun brings heavy rains, strong winds to Thailand

United States of America

Southern California shaken by 6.4 magnitude earthquake

California earthquake: Fires, rock slides as aftershocks rattle communities

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


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

Vietnam - Tropical Depression MUN update (ECHO Daily Flash)


Other items of interest:

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

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

FAO supports Philippines in strengthening climate change adaptation in agriculture

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

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

Green and Gray Infrastructure More Powerful When They Work Together

Climate Action Week held in London

Addressing Problematic Opioid Use in OECD Countries

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


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 22nd - 28th June



Monsoon rains and flash floods in southern Bhutan leave several dead


At least 19 dead, 24 injured in Cambodian building collapse

Deadly construction collapse mounts to 28


Thirty-one people injured in Sichuan earthquake

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


Landslide in Colombia leaves 2 dead, more injured

Deadly Landslide in Caqueta Department


Deadly Floods and Landslides in Tungurahua Province

Tungurahua - Over 100 homes evacuated in response to flood risk


European heatwave: Temperature may pass highest on record in France


Heatwave leads to pollution spike in Paris

Temperatures to hit 45C in France as death toll grows

Flash floods and evacuations in Normandy


Windstorm in the Gambia causes displacement, injuries and death

Gambia - Windstorms (ECHO Daily Flash)


Mali - Floods and Rain Damage Refugee Camps


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

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

Papua New Guinea

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

Volcanic ash forces thousands to evacuate their homes


Heavy rain floods Belgrade suburbs, 12 people evacuated

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


Worst wildfire in decades rages in northeastern Spain, 53 evacuated

Spain wildfire threatens to burn up to 50,000 acres

South Africa

Cape Town hit by flooding and evacuations as storms strike

Informal settlements in Cape Town impacted by high winds


Landslide cuts off community in New Taipei City

United Kingdom

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

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

United States

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

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

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

Evacuations Expand to 700 Homes in Arizona Wildfire


Two Dead After Storms, Floods and Landslides Hit North West

Vietnam - Flash floods (ECHO Daily Flash)


Other items of interest:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exploring Machine Learning to Map Yellow Fever Risk in the Americas

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


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin: 15th - 21st June


Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay

Millions hit by 'historic' blackout in Argentina

South America power outage leaves 48 million people without electricity


Heavy rains leave seven dead in Brazil

7 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Pernambuco


Northern Alberta Wildfire Forces Thousands To Flee Their Homes

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


More than 80,000 evacuated after Sichuan earthquake

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


Hundreds without power after heavy rain and landslides


Heatwave kills 90 people in last 72 hours in Bihar

Heatwave claims 108 lives in Bihar

Death toll rises in eastern India in encephalitis outbreak

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


30 injured after M6.7 quake in northwestern Japan

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


Floods in Ulaanbaatar and Tov Province Leave 12 Dead

Mongolia: Flash Floods Information Bulletin


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


Evacuations After Floods in Lublin


Severe storm hits Azores, causing major floods


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

United Kingdom

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

Lincolnshire flooding: hundreds of homes evacuated


Floods in Uruguay displace thousands

Torrential rains in Uruguay forces 7.400 to abandon their homes

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


Other items of interest:

GAR 2019: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

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

World Bank - Lifelines: The resilient infrastructure opportunity

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

Bhutan pursues resilience with National Adaptation Plan

Philippines launches new storm surge forecast, warning system

WMO acts on sand and dust storms

UNDP - Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states

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


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

WHO - Ebola Outbreak Update - 20 June 2019


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 8th - 14th June


Flash floods kill 3, wash away houses in Northern Afghanistan


Malaria outbreak in Burundi - 31 health districts above epidemic threshold


Over 350,000 evacuated in China floods

China flood death toll jumps to 61

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congo declares measles epidemic after cases jump by 700%


Hailstorms hit Germany - severe damage reported, several people injured

Munich storm: Several injured during hail


Deadly flash floods hit Ouest Department, Haiti

Flooding in Haiti leaves over 600 homes damaged


Thousands evacuated on Indian coast as Cyclone Vayu sweeps in

300,000 evacuated in India in cyclone preparation

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

India on course for longest heatwave in 3 decades

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

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

8 killed, 11 injured in thunderstorm in Bihar


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

Thousands evacuated as floods hit Indonesia

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


Lake Como homes evacuated amid flash floods in northern Italy


Hundreds evacuate in western Japan as rainy season sets in

Hiroshima region evacuates amid downpours


Maldives - Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods

Monsoon rains cause havoc across Maldives


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

Romania experiences severe weather across the country


770 homes swept away by North Darfur flash floods

Heavy rains cause injury and destruction in eastern Jebel Marra


Uganda reports first confirmed cases of Ebola

Ebola claims two in Uganda as virus spreads from Congo

United Kingdom

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

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

United States

Heavy rain floods North Carolina, states of emergency declared

Flooding in North Carolina results in evacuations, deaths

350 000 without power as powerful storm hits Texas


Several killed as heavy rains hit southern, eastern Yemen

Severe weather in Yemen - 70,000 affected


Other items of interest:

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

Making Cities Resilient Report 2019

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

COAL prize 2019: Climate, disasters and displacement

Extreme weather sends energy demand growth to 9-year high

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

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

Risk communication strategies for the very worst of cases

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

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

NOAA upgrades the U.S. global weather forecast model

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


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

Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 1st - 7th June


Earthquake jolts southeast Albania, 4 injured

Albanian authorities pledge full support for quake-hit areas


Evacuations continue Saturday in Pikangikum First Nation as forest fire rages

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

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


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


Heavy Rain and Hailstorm hit Bulgaria's Plovdiv


Tornado leaves trail of destruction in German town


Heatwave takes heavy toll across India

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

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


Bali volcano spews ash in new eruption

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


Mount Etna erupts, sending ash and lava into night sky

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


Mudslide warning issued in Hiroshima


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


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


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


Homes, vehicles damages after Jalisco river overflows its banks


Flooding prompts emergency rescues and evacuations

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka monsoon seen displacing thousands, flooding roads


Six dead, dozens missing in Uganda landslides: Red Cross

United States of America

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

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


Other items of interest:

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

European State of Climate 2018- summary

Physical climate risk - Investor needs and information gaps

The imperative of climate action to protect human health in Europe

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

European countries adaption reporting

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

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

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

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

Making ‘Inclusiveness' truly Inclusive

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

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

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

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

SIDS Address Climate Change, Education, Health in 2019 VNRs

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


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

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


More Flash Floods Leave 24 Dead in Afghanistan, Houses Destroyed

Heavy Flooding in Afghanistan Kills 24 People in 2 Days


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

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


Floods in Guangxi Leave Thousands Displaced

Over 9,00 People Evacuated After Flooding in China


Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Tripura

Over 700 People Homeless After Heavy Rain and Thunderstorms Hit Tripura


Over 2,000 Hit by Heatstroke Nationwide

Nearly 600 Taken to Hospitals as Heatwave Hits Japan


Floods in Paraguay Displace 70,000 Households

Thousands of Families Displaced in Paraguay Flooding


Two Dead, More Than 10 Injured in Peru Quake

Fourteen Districts Declare a State of Emergency After Peruvian Earthquake

Saudi Arabia

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


Death and Displacement as Flash Floods Hit Kampala

Eight Dead, Hundreds Displaced as Flash Floods Hit Kampala

United States

Oklahoma Tornado: Two Killed and Several Injured in El Reno

Dozens Injured and Several Missing After Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma


At Least Three Killed as Heavy Rains Hit Northern Vietnam

Heavy Rain in Vietnam Causes Floods and Triggers Landslides


Other items of interest:

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

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

WDS Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 18 to 24th May 2019


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


Four killed as strong winds batter Beijing

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola Update - 1739 reported case, including 102 healthcare workers


Landslide leaves 2000 stranded near Manali

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


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


Flooding in Mali kills at least 15


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

Widespread flooding in Paraguay causes damage, deaths


Floods kills five, leaves 2500 homeless.


Major landslide destroys 53 buildings in Northern Turkey

United States of America

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

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

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

Other items of interest:

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

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

Ebola in Congo questions Nigeria's readiness on outbreaks

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

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

ASEAN's response to disaster

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

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

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

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


Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia

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

Torrential rain and floods hit Bosnia; Balkan neighbours on alert

Democratic Republic of Congo

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

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


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

Maharashtra-Karnataka to share water to overcome shortage


Floods and mudslides in north-east Italy amid heavy rain


Mexico City Residents Told to Stay Indoors as Pollution Worsens

Smog-ridden Mexico City suspends school classes due to pollution

Environmental emergency declared in Mexico's smog-choked capital


Nigeria still at moderate risk of Ebola outbreak


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

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

Papua New Guinea

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


Floods in Paraguay: some 40.000 people displaced

Widespread flooding in Paraguay causes damage, deaths


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

United Kingdom

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

United States of America

New Orleans slammed with heavy rains, flooding streets

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

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


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

Other items of interest

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

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 Annual Report

Churchill Fellowships for the Emergency Response sector: apply now

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

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

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

Developing national disaster risk reduction strategies

Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies

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

UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR)

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) Official Statements

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

Global Risk Assessment Framework (GRAF)

National Geographic: The Pacific's Fiery Ring


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

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


Cyclone Fani: Thousands of Bangladesh homes destroyed

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


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


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


After Cyclone Fani, Andhra experiences severe heat wave conditions

Drought crisis in Maharashtra and Karnataka

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


Mount Sinabung eruption triggers red alert

Indonesian volcano spews ash 2,000m into the air   

Cyclone Lili causes floods, strong winds in Maluku


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

Five killed as giant dust storm sweeps through southern Iraq


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


Update on Tropical Cyclone Kenneth


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

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea earthquake: 7.2 magnitude quake hits country


Emergency declared after floods worsen in South

South Sudan

Wildfire claims over 30 lives as it engulfs South Sudan villages

Bush fire guts 4 villages in South Sudan

Measles outbreaks continue in South Sudan

United States

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

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

Flash floods prompt emergency rescues and evacuations in Texas and Kansas


Other items of interest:

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

Here are 30 innovations for disaster risk reduction

Disaster risk reduction strategies: navigating conflict contexts

Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe

BBC Sounds: Rebuilding an economy after two cyclones

Road traffic accidents responsible for 1.35 million deaths annually

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

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



Bolivia landslide sweeps houses away - over 300 people displaced


Quebec Flooding Update - 2,500 evacuated


Early warning signs of drought


Cyclone Fani intensifies into 'extremely severe cyclonic storm'

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


Torrential rain triggers flooding, evacuations in Indonesia's capital

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


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


Mozambique, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth Update

Thousands flee as second cyclone hits Mozambique

Mozambique hit by flooding in aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth       

New Zealand

Power outages and surface flooding hits Christchurch

South Africa

70 people killed in South Africa floods

Death toll in South Africa floods and mudslides rises

United Kingdom

Risk of disruption and power loss as Storm Hannah hits UK

Other items of interest:

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

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

Disaster Risk Reduction and Open Data Newsletter - May 2019

Integrating disaster and climate risk into the SDGs

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

UN publishes Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

Philippines to join ASEAN disaster risk insurance facility

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Forest Fire hits SW China


Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 28


Forest fire north of Berlin brought under control


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

Thunderstorms across Indian states kills at least 60 - radio


Monday flights on schedule as Bali volcano erupts


Flood defences pass first tough test


Cholera hits Kenyan capital on shortage of clean water: report


Rescuers battle to find dozens killed in Myanmar mudslide

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


Europe wildfires: Norway police evacuate hundreds in Sokndal


Huge fire engulfs downtown Lima


Strong earthquake strikes Philippines, Killing 11 people

Philippines 6.1 magnitude earthquake leaves 16 dead


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

South Africa

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

Hailstorm leaves Joburg South homeowners with thousands worth of damages


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

6.7 magnitude quakes hits Taiwan, injuring at least 17 people


Phuket has enough water, not a drought crisis: Governor

Forest fires continue to plague Mae Hong Son


Hailstorm ravages Soroti villages, hundreds homeless

United Kingdom

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

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

Wildfires take hold on mountainsides and in forestry

United States of America

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

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


Other reports

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

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

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

NASA catches formation of Tropical Cyclone Kenneth near Aldabra

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricane aftermath leaves Florida with years of major wildfire threat

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

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

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

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

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Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin - 12-18th April 2019



Mudslide at Chuadanga brick field kills two


Brazil - 10 Dead After Torrential Rain in Rio De Janeiro

Two dead after apartment buildings collapse in rain-soaked Brazil


Ethiopia's 'Roof of Africa' forest burns


Iran expands flood warnings to five northeast, southern areas


Thunderstorm across Indian states kills at least 60: radio

Rains, thunderstorm leave nearly 50 dead in 4 statesx


21 bodies found after mudslide at gold mine


Nepal records first-ever tornado touchdown

Nepali scientists record country's first tornado


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

Nine dead as rain continues to lash different areas of Balochistan

28 killed as flash floods, thunderstorms lash Pakistan


Hazardous smog in Northern Thailand

United Kingdom

Firefighters spend second night at Ayrshire blaze

United States of America

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

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


Other items of interest:

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

AccuWeather's 2019 Atlantic hurricane season forecast

Lao PDR: Managing climate change with early warnings

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

Nicaragua prepares for high intensity earthquake

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

Resilience to changing climate means working across borders

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

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

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

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

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



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


Brazil floods: Deadly torrential rains hits Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro floods: death toll climbs to 10

Storm in Rio Kills at Least 10 and Mayor Admits Fault


Forest Fire in South West China starts again

Democratic Republic of Congo

Emergency panel meets as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

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


Ethiopia - Measles Outbreak: Almost 4000 Cases


Accra: 5 confirmed dead after flooding


Torrential Rains Cause Floods, Damages in Crete


Several workers die in India landslide


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

Iran floods: fresh evacuations with more rain forecast

Six more towns evacuated in Iran with more floods expected


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


Massive landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway


Fast rollout of cholera vaccines for people in need in Mozambique

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

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


NCDC confirms 16 new cases of Lassa Fever in 5 states


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

South Korea

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


Haze causes thousands to fall ill in North Thailand

United States of America

Winter Storm Wesley Brings Treacherous Road Conditions to Plains, Midwest

Other Items of Interest

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

WHO Europe Noncommunicable diseases and air pollution

UN emergency funding to bolster Ebola response preparedness in Uganda

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

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

US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan

Cambodia steps up fight against climate change

Climate Change: National Adaption Plans Technical Guidelines Launched 

Anak Krakatau: Collapsed volcano's tsunami simulated

Pakistan: National Disaster Response Plan 2019

A heatwave in Australia killed 23,000 spectacled flying foxes

First Arab DRR Science Conference planned

Pacific Humanitarian Team Report - 2018 Report

Recovery and Resilience in Lao PDR

UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ecuador

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

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



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

Over 10,000 families roaming about due to flooding


Rainstorm, lightning kill 10 in Bangladesh


Southwestern China forest fire contained after killing over 2 dozen Firefighters


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


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


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


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


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


Nepal Storm: At least 30 killed as winds flatten homes

New Zealand

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


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

South Korea

Firefighters start to contain South Korean wildfires; thousands evacuated


Intense Flooding Affects over 6,500 families in Syria


Thai Junta Chief demands action to cut smog

Flash floods hit Pattaya after hours of heavy rains

United States of America

Hurricane Michael debris fuels 500-acre wildfire in Florida Panhandle


Other Items of Interest

UNISDR Stakeholder events in preparatory days before Global Platform

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

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

Disaster Risk Reduction workshop begins in Accra

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

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

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

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

Rockefeller Foundation moves beyond cities in broader resilience push

Global Report on Food Crises 2019

$10million for vulnerable Bangladeshi small islands

Rural Roads, Poverty and Resilience: Evidence from Ethiopia

Who are the most climate-vulnerable? Challenging Assumptions

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

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

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

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


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

Cyclone Veronica causes heavy rainfall and floods in Western Australia


At least 47 killed in blast at Chinese chemical plant


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


23 dead as Iran battles heavy rain and floods

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


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


Landslide triggered by heavy rain kills six family members in Harnai

Four killed in KP, Fata rain-related incidents


500 hectares of land destroyed by wildfire in west Panama


51 killed due to floods in Amazon region


Heavy smog persists in North Thailand  


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

Southern Africa Cyclone Idai

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

Why Cyclone Idai was so destructive


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


Other items of interest:

30 innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2018 annual report

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

Jamaica strategizes a new agro-environmental approach to disaster resilience

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

California governor declares state of emergency to strengthen forest fire prevention

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

Strategies to Improve Urban Hydrology

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

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

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

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



1,600 residents evacuated in Australia before Tropical Cyclone Trevor

Torrential rain leads to flash floods in Sydney


Landslide in northern China collapses homes, killing 7 people


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

Death toll from Indonesia floods, mudslides rises to 89

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


Iraq ferry sinking: Dozens feared dead near Mosul

New Zealand

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

Southern Africa Cyclone Idai


Malawi flooding death toll rises to 56 due to Cyclone Idai

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


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

Cyclone Idai: Flying over flooded Mozambique


Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead

At least 100 missing in Zimbabwe after cyclone


United Kingdom

Wales suffers floods and power cuts as wind and rain hits 

Rail services and roads hit by flooding in northern England

United States of America

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


Other items of interest:

Cyclone Idai: Website launched to help families find missing relatives

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

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

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

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

Appeal for attention to drought risk

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

An assessment of vulnerability to climate change in Auckland

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

The International Emergency Management Society Newsletter

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



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


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


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


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


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


Central Veracruz forest fire triggers evacuation of 100 families


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

Papua New Guinea

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

South Africa

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


Over 90 families left homeless as hailstorm hits Same district


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

United States of America

Mudslide in Sausalito destroys two homes, 50 residences evacuated


Other items of interest:

Australia's Queensland flood losses estimated at $1.2bn

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

 Special report: Preparing for the era of disasters

Social science in epidemics: Ebola virus disease lessons learned 

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

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

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

Five approaches to build functional early warning systems

USA: A faster, more accurate way to monitor drought

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

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

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



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


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

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


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


State of Emergency Declared in Halkida, Greece After Flooding


2 labourers dead in landslide on Char Dham road  


Death toll from mine collapse reaches 27 in Sulawesi


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


Flash floods in Pakistan kill at least 45 people

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


Floods damage properties and isolates 12 villages in northern Peru

Solomon Islands

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


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


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

United States of America

23 killed by tornado in eastern Alabama

Avalanches close roads in Colorado and buries cars near Copper Mountain

Other items of interest:

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

The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law

An evidence-based urban DRR strategy for informal settlements

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

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

An orientation to using the online Sendai Framework Monitor

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction May 2019

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

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Over 800 homes destroyed by heavy rain in Malanje, Angola


Severe windstorm damages more than 70 houses in Nishumdip island


150 houses damaged by thunderstorm in Sampov Loun district


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


15,000 affected after rivers overflow in Choco Department


Tianjin launches second-highest smog alert


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


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

Fire destroys more than 200 acres of Bandipur forest


Six dead, dozens still trapped in Indonesia mine collapse


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


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


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

United States of America

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

High Winds Leave Thousands Without Power Along East Coast

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


Other items of interest:

Britain's Winter Heat Wave Means Wildfires and Chronic Pollution

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

FireCheck Project uses technology in disaster mitigation and response

Urban Profiling For Better Responses To Humanitarian Crises

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

Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health

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

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

Disaster risk reduction in Iraq

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

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

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

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

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



Houses destroyed during bushfire emergency in WA's south West


Hailstorm damages crops and houses in Rangamati


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


4 missing on Crete island after torrential rain flooding


800 houses in Lunglei damaged in hailstorm


4 killed, 5 wounded as landslide strikes western Indonesia


Dozens Killed in Mudslide at Alleged Illegal Mine in Liberia


At least 26 dead as flooding, torrential rain strikes Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

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


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


5 killed in Benguet forest fire

Forest fire kills at least 5 in Itogon, Benguet 

United States of America

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

1 dead, another injured in Tennessee mudslide

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia

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


Other items of interest:

UK housing: fit for the future?

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

Lessons learned from the one home that survived Hurricane Michael

Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet 

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

Scotland breaks February temperature record in unusual winter Europe heatwave


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

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



Six homes destroyed as bushfires rage in northern New South Wales

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


Calgary once again under extreme cold advisory


Chile - Evacuations After Rivers Overflow in Arica


Coastal Flooding Forecast Strengthened in Indonesia


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

Gelena weakening over open water

New Zealand

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


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


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


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

Flooding and landslides kill at least eight in Peru and Chile

United States of America

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

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

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

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


Other items of interest:

2018's Billion Dollar Disasters in Context   

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

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

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

Trans-Border Flood Early Warning System in South Asia

State of California Tackles Drought with IoT & Blockchain

WHO supports five countries to fight lassa fever outbreaks

Modelling epidemics: the maths behind disease outbreaks


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

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


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

Crocodiles seen in flood waters in city in Queensland

Risk of mosquito-borne disease after floods difficult to predict

Houses are destroyed in Tasmanian bushfires

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


At least 14 people killed in Bolivia landslides

People swept away by mudslide as mountainside collapses in Bolivia


Floods and mudslides around Rio de Janeiro kill six


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

Calgary and communities across Alberta under extreme cold warning


Approximately 600 evacuated due to Karangetang volcano eruption


Heavy snowfall causes avalanche in Italian Alps, eight dead

New Zealand

700 evacuated from New Zealand town as wildfire threatens

United States of America

Storm leads to evacuations in California

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

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

Other items of interest:

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

Measles in Europe: record number of both sick and immunized

Tufts University: Heart disease spiked in months after Hurricane Katrina

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

Spring-fed rivers in the Himalayas drying up

WMO: Past 4 years warmest on record

Tokyo 2020 Olympics to implement weather centre for heat, typhoons

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

Drought Initiative to help make communities resilient to droughts

New toolkit for building local urban resilience to climate change

Building resilience into energy systems

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

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

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

How Big Data can help in disaster response

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

Sierra Leone hazard review and risk assessment

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

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

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


Landslide from heavy rain threatens properties in Queensland, disaster declared


Dam collapse in Brumadinho region kills 60, 300 still missing

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


Coastal steelmaking city issues orange smog alert


Tornado passes through Havana and kills 4, injures 195


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

Severe winter weather affects France, seven injured and roads closed  


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

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


Mudslide in southern Peru kills 15 and injures 34

United Kingdom

Hundreds of homes in Wales lose power after strong winds

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

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

United States of America

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

Heavy rain and wind cause significant damage across Massachusetts


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

Other items of interest:

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

Researchers develop visual guide to identify invasive tick

Launch of online learning course for Sendai Framework Monitor

Extreme weather and geopolitics are main drivers of increasing food shocks 

Extreme weather already breaking records around the world in 2019

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

US freezes, Australia burns: The age of weather extremes

Coal and gas plants failed during Australian heatwave

Cambodia prepares for future droughts

Lessons from California's 2012-2016 drought

Drought needs assessment in Pakistan

Half a degree and rapid socioeconomic development matter for heatwave risk

Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world

Tulane study says seas may be rising faster than thought

Air pollution in Mongolia

Climate change, air pollution and noncommunicable diseases

Leveraging OpenStreetMap to improve disaster risk management in the Seychelles

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



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

'Extreme' heatwave breaks records across Australia


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


Snow avalanche causes 2 deaths in Ramban District


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

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

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


Flooding in Mozambique as Tropical Cyclone Desmond makes landfall

Tropical cyclone Desmond leaves 120 000 people displaced across four provinces


Hazardous air pollution in Bangkok

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Macedonia takes emergency measures during dangerous levels of air pollution

United States of America

Tornado causes significant damage in Alabama

Severe winter weather in Midwest states, at least 5 dead


685 people evacuated as volcano erupts in the island of Ambrym

Other items of interest:

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

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2019

UK: Building resilience to the effects of climate change

UK National Infrastructure Assessment

CRED 2018 review of disaster events supplementary information

INFORM Report 2019: Shared evidence for managing crises and disasters

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

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

Rwanda conducts full-scale Ebola simulation exercise

New Year ushers in high-impact weather

Major snowstorms expected to continue with climate change

Advanced modelling techniques could improve how cities deal with floods

Climate change tipping point may be sooner than expected

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

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


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


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


Avalanche: Weather related death toll rises to 26 this month

Snow chaos hits southern Germany and Austria


'Extreme' winter weather hits Canada


Torrential rain and strong winds wreaked havoc across Cyprus

Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Ebola update, January 17

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


Flash floods that resulting in casualties and damage - Lebanon

Middle East

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

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


Peru - Dozens of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Junín Region


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


Smog continues to smother Thai capital           

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

United States of America

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

USA - Severe Weather update

Other items of interest:

WHO Ten threats to global health in 2019

GFDRR Annual Report 2018 - Bringing Resilience to Scale

Annual climate statement 2018

Ethics and Floods: A Systematic Review

Health-emergency disaster risk management and research ethics

Summary of UR2020 Planning Meetings

Sendai Framework Monitor data now publicly available

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

China's looming water crisis

Drought risk assessment and management: a conceptual framework

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

Key sustainability actions in NHS Long Term Plan

Government Clean Air Strategy sets key targets for air quality improvement

Government commits to consider sustainability at every stage of resource lifecycle

HPS publishes Recommendations for Clean-Up Following Palytoxin Incidents

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

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


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

Austria, Norway and Switzerland

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


Chile issues 2019 wildfire warning amid heat forecasts


Tropical cyclone Mona - 2,000 people taking shelter

Tropical Cyclone Mona Intensifies To A Category 2 Cyclone


Haiti - Food Insecurity Situation(map)


India - Drought Situation Map

Solomon Islands

Tropical cyclone Penny, 827 people affected and 174 households destroyed

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


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

Thailand Pabuk: Tourist islands hit by worst storm in decades

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

United States of America

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

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

Other items of interest

Beijing, Hebei cut smog emissions 12% in 2018

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

UK climate projections

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

Thailand limits death toll from Pabuk

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

Drought risk assessment and management: a conceptual framework

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Water shortages worsen in Afghanistan as drought persists


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

Heatwave - Heatwave Service for Australia

Firefighters have been injured while tackling a NSW bushfire

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

Suncorp hit with 24,800 claims after Sydney hailstorm


Forest fire still raging in Bartsham, Trashigang


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


At least 8 killed in Danish train accident during high winds


Delhi air pollution surges to emergency levels


Volcano three-quarters blown away by Indonesia tsunami eruption

Sunda Strait Tsunami and Gunung Anak Krakatau volcanic activity - Update  

Indonesia resumes rescue work as landslide death toll rises

Mount Agung erupts again


Earthquake and volcanic activity

Mount Etna erupts in Sicily amid dozens of tremors


Measles Outbreak - Update


Devastating storm Usman leaves 68 dead in the Philippines

Death toll in Philippines landslides, floods reaches 85

Sri Lanka

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

Flash Floods in Sri Lanka


Heavy rains, floods displace thousands of refugees in Syria

Syria - Floods


Thailand Pabuk: Tourist spots hit by worst storm in decades

Tropical Storm Pabuk - Update

United States of America

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

Several homes damaged as strong tornado touches down in Washington State


Heavy rain triggered flooding batters central region of Vietnam

Other items of interest

In photos: How climate change is affecting Spain

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

Adaptation actions in the natural environment - what works?

Adaptive Process for SMART Community Governance under Persistent Disruptive Risks

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

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

Counting The Cost: A Year of Climate Breakdown

Disasters and food security: The impact on health

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

Zika: the continuing threat

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