Friday, December 6, 2013

Disasters: no quick fix to recovery

One can’t help feeling a little bewildered when news comes through of yet another global catastrophe, another ‘biggest’, ‘worst’, ‘deadliest’. Last month, as the Philippines struggled through the immediate aftermath of the worst storm since records began, one had to hope that the attention it received would bring with it the sense to think ahead.

My bewilderment lingers, however, because another ‘worst’, ‘deadliest’ catastrophe that took place nearly four years ago is still a disaster zone. Haiti’s monstrous earthquake wasn’t the strongest in recorded history, but it was by far the deadliest natural disaster in such a concentrated area. What went wrong? And can the Philippines do it better?

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