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    The cyclone/hurricane/typhoon readings in the customised bibliography cover examples of these events globally, partricularly SW Pacific, Caribbean, but also East Asia, SE Asia, SE Africa (eg Cyclone Ida). Thought this might be particulsarly useful for for you, Mila, if you oversee SDC’s responses in East Asia (eg Philippines), SW Pacific (eg Vanuatu, Fiji), or Indian Ocean area (eg India/Bangladesh/Myamar); Also for you, Ali, with regards Caribbean, and James for SE Southern Africa (Madagascar/Mozambique). Luther/Caroline, the unsaid challenge for the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, would be the difficulty of relocating these before a major cyclonic strike….


    Note that it’s not just the potential for storm surges, high winds & heavy rainall when a cyclone strikes the coastline, but also for sometimes prolonged flooding inland, should this heavy rainfall persist. This happened in southern Texas from Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and also when Cyclone Debbie struck Queensland in March 2017. The initial impact was in north central Queensland on the 28th March, but then heavy rainfall over the next two days at it tracked inland and southwards, led to later heavy flooding. At the time of writing (4th August), Hurricane Isaisas is in the process of impacting the Carolinas coastline along the eastern seaboard of the US.


    Finally (trhank goodness!), this is a test message from Chris to see whether Task 7 (Global Disaster Examples) is coming thru’ OK? Could Roger (Oor AN Other) confirm this per favor)


    Hi Chris. This has come through. Cheers, Kelly


    Hi everyone (although this is particularly aimed at Eddy, Mila & Ali), I’ve customised the TorqAid bibliography to highlight references to the earthquakes and tsunamis. The link is This is particularly useful for practitioners in the field, so feel free to share this with interrested/involved colleagues.
    – Some general information on earthquakes (ACAPS/ALNAP)
    – The 2018 Sulawesi earthquake/tsunami & Lombok earthquake
    – The 2018 PNG earthquake
    – The 2015 Nepal earthquake
    – The 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami/Fukushima nuclear accident
    – The 2010 Haiti earthquake
    – The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake & tsunami


    Note that the BBC reported today, that two storms are currently crossing the Caribbean in a similar tracks. These are Hurricane Marco, followed (2-3 days later) by currently Tropocal Storm Laura. They are likely to impact the US coast between Louisiana (Marco) and Texas (Laura).


    Hi again everyone, this is being written on thurs 27th August, the same day (although they’re a number of hours behind), when Hurricane Laura is due to hit the Louisiana and Texas coastlines. Check out the BBC link at Interesting to see how this fits into out PDRM/DRMC discussion so far:
    – Half a million people have been advised to evacuate
    – There are also warnings about power (water/electricity/telecoms) being disrupted; as well as water/wind damage ptentiallly disrupting logistical routes
    – There is a danger from a powerful storm surge. you may remember that is was largely storm surges in cyclones in Bangladesh during the 1970-90s which killed tens of thousands of people; as well as that from Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008
    – Intererestng on the sometimes emotive languagfe being used, and this relates to messaging (which we discussed in last night’s Zoom). Terms like ‘unsurvivable storm surge’ and ‘catastrophic’, are highly emotive, and quite frightening. At best I personally think it’s better to pre-fix these by ‘potentially….’. Intereesting also regarding in bushfires in Australia. in NSW they use the term ‘catastropic’ for highest risk rating, whereas I prefer the Victorian ‘Code Red’. Maybe it’s partially because I’m Ango-Australian, and I tend to understate things!

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