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Louisiana Floods to Worsen as Storm Brings More Rain

Heavy rainfall over parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Heavy rainfall over parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Gulf Coast residents hit by flash floods will have to deal with yet more rainfall Friday before they can begin the arduous cleanup operation in their communities. Southern areas of Louisiana have been battered by around a foot of rainfall, leaving at least one dead, causing roads to turn to rivers, and uprooting caskets from their graves. Some places could endure another three inches of rain Friday – and the storm may not dry out until as late as Sunday, according to Michael Palmer, lead forecaster at The Weather Channel…

 

Subsiding waters reveal scale of devastation from Balkans flooding

bosnaMillions of people across the Balkans are now having to deal with the aftermath of the worst flooding to hit the country in more than a century. In Serbia lone the heavy rains claimed the lives of over 50 people. But even though waters have now subsided people’s troubles have not. One man spoke of his despair at the state of his local village: “There is no life here anymore, but we have to carry on, I don’t know where to go.” Crippled local infrastructure has only hampered efforts to clean up and rebuild. Many transport links and energy supplies have fallen victim to the torrential rain and landslides that have gripped the region since mid-May. But some are trying to find moments of solace, in Bosnia near Zenica a wedding brought locals together, whilst also highlighting their uncertain future ahead…

 

Natural Disasters Don’t Increase Economic Growth

damagesHurricane season is nearly upon us, and every time a hurricane strikes, television and radio commentators and would-be economists are quick to proclaim the growth-boosting consequences of the vicissitudes of nature. Of course, if this were true, why wait for the next calamity? Let’s create one by bulldozing New York City and marvel at the growth-boosting activity engendered. Destroying homes, buildings, and capital equipment will undoubtedly help parts of the construction industry and possibly regional economies, but it is a mistake to conclude it will boost overall growth…

 

Disaster resilience to leave no one behind

Over the last 15 years, the American Red Cross has worked to support the Millennium Development Goals, which come to an end next year. Conceived in 2000, the MDGs range from eradicating extreme poverty and achieving universal primary education to improving maternal health and ensuring environmental sustainability. They are ambitious, and the world has made notable progress toward meeting some of their targets. The 2013 U.N. report on MDGs progress indicates the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day has decreased by half since 1990, and more than 2.1 billion people accessed better sources of drinking water. Global mortality rates from malaria fell by over a quarter between 2000 and 2010. The Measles & Rubella Initiative — of which the American Red Cross is a founding partner — has vaccinated more than a billion children against measles since 2001, aiming to eradicate the disease by 2020. This global initiative is helping to meet the goal of reducing child mortality…

 

The regional resilience

indiaFor the first time since Indira Gandhi’s assassination ensured a sympathy wave for the Congress, a single party — the Bharatiya Janata Party — finds itself in a position to form the Central government on its own. Since 1989 (except during 1991), party coalitions have ruled at the Centre, whether led by the grand old Congress, or the newly victorious BJP, or an assemblage of regional forces anchored by several smaller national parties. Although the BJP can technically rule on its own, it would not, for it will still require its allies to add numbers in the Rajya Sabha. Moreover, it no longer sees the allies as particularly problematic, as the National Democratic Alliance is a much more coherent and close-knit “homogeneous” alliance than ever before…