Disaster Resiliency Provides Economic Advantages

In the face of dangers such as hurricanes, tornadoes, diseases, viruses, and even man-made disasters such as terrorist attacks, communities that suffer the least are those who were prepared. Building resilient communities can counteract severe economic losses due to disasters – natural or man-made…


Riverland flooding: Community remembers one of SA’s worst natural disasters

Six decades after one of South Australia’s worst natural disasters, people in the Riverland are reflecting on when they almost lost their towns to flooding.  The 1956 Murray River flood was the biggest catastrophe to hit the region and devastate towns including Renmark, Morgan, Kingston-on-Murray and Mannum.  The August floodwaters peak was 12.3 metres at Morgan and 10.2 metres in Renmark.  The Riverland knew trouble was on the way after months of heavy rain in Queensland and flooding across New South Wales and Victoria, but locals did not anticipate the extent…


Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate : Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk ebook

Intense rainfall floods Dhaka, Bangladesh, one of the world’s fastest-growing megacities, year in and year out, and those in the city’s slums and shanties are usually the most affected. Low-lying flood plains, rivers, and canals that once drained water are gradually filling up as a result of indiscriminate urbanization and now magnify rather than help solve the problem. The climate outlook for South Asia in the 21st century is heavier and more erratic rainfall during the monsoon season, according to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Meteorological Organization. Thus, climate change may further aggravate Dhaka’s flood vulnerability. As such, Dhaka needs to better manage…


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