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  • These guidelines aim to facilitate the formation of heat wave action plans among disaster risk reduction stakeholders in India, by providing insights into heat-related illness and the necessary mitigative and response actions to be undertaken. The guidelines provide context on heat waves in India and serve as a tool for developing risk management...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Tuesday, 15 August 2017
  • More frequent droughts predicted for the future may not allow ecosystems enough time to recover in between dry spells, new research shows. Prolonged drought stress can irreversibly damage parts of plants' water transport systems, which may take years to recover.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 15 August 2017
  • A new study has looked at the shift in streamflow patterns of rainwater, resulting in more intense urban flooding while the countryside is drier. With rising temperatures due to global warming, evaporation from moist soils is causing the drier countryside climate. Meanwhile, less soil in cities decreases the capability of capturing and storing moisture.
    PreventionWeb News on Tuesday, 15 August 2017
  • This report is intended to provide the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) with a practical resource and recommendations for the next stage of implementation of the Law on Disaster Management (DM Law). The discussion in this report has focused on implementing the DM Law through the subsidiary...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • This IDS Bulletin examines the link between short-term crises – and the humanitarian responses that follow – and adaptation to climate change. It represents a call for increasing engagement between humanitarian aid and climate change adaptation interventions to support deliberate transformation of development pathways. Based...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • This book draws on seven years' experience in supporting climate compatible development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The book provides practical recommendations on how to achieve low-carbon, climate-resilient development in low income and emerging economies. This book is intended for decision-makers, development planners and...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • Natural hazard risk is largely projected to increase in the future, placing growing responsibility on decision makers to proactively reduce risk. Consequently, decision support systems (DSSs) for natural hazard risk reduction (NHRR) are becoming increasingly important.In order to provide directions for future research in this growing area, a comprehensive...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • GLIDE number: MS-2017-000109-SLE
    Disaster type: Flood, Mud Slide
    Affected countries: Sierra Leone

    Mudslides triggered by three days of heavy rains poured in and around the capital Freetown on 14 August. The most severe mudslides occurred in the coastal suburb of Racecourse on the city's eastern edge, as well as in Regent and Lumley where thousands of makeshift settlements…

    ReliefWeb Disaster News on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • A new research project in early flood notification is demonstrating remote-sensing technology for better flood detection and improved downstream predictions. The stream radars provide real time information and text alerts indicating impending threats. This system might prove to be more cost effective than conventional gauging currently used in the United...
    PreventionWeb News on Monday, 14 August 2017
  • As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day, climate change impacts are becoming increasingly imminent. States and cities are stepping up their resilience work by expanding their heat action plans and early warning systems. Declining heat related deaths in India during the past three years point to successful continuous work to tackle climate disasters.
    PreventionWeb News on Monday, 14 August 2017