COVID-19 and Natural Hazards


During the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, natural hazards increased disaster risk in countries already managing the outbreak. These resources explore the interlinkages between these hazards and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This study draws lessons on how individual hurricane preparedness is influenced by the additional risk from a pandemic, which turns out as a combination of perceptions of flood and pandemic risks that have opposite effects on preparedness behavior.
Natural Hazards (Springer)
Masai warrior walking beside flooded dirt road, Amboseli NP, Kenya.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate-related disasters have affected the lives of at least 139.2 million people and killed more than 17,242.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre
Wildfire Crescent Fire in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, USA
Thousands of COVID-19 cases and deaths in California, Oregon, and Washington between March and December 2020 may be attributable to increases in fine particulate air pollution.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
This report outlines the importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
The paper provides additional context on COVID-19-related effects on local and regional economies and food supply chains. It also covers how the locust invasion has created “crisis within a crisis” in the surveyed province.
Asian Development Bank

This policy report aims to adapt the nexus approach to the intersection of disasters and pandemics in the Asia-Pacific. While the region’s prior experience with SARS in 2003 had prepared countries somewhat, the scale of COVID-19 has dwarfed previous

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Nanyang Technological University