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Why the Tuscan Island of Giglio Misses Its Disaster

Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

If you would have asked anyone on this Tuscan island last July what life would be like without the Costa Concordia shipwreck one year on, you likely would have heard it would be better without the hulking cruise ship slumped on its shores. Instead, the residents of this picture-perfect paradise now kind of miss the massive wreck. “We aren’t the same without the ship, both economically and even as a community,” Rosalba Pellegrini, owner of the Bar Fausto in Giglio’s port, told The Daily Beast a few weeks shy of the anniversary of the removal of the ship. “It’s hard to know whether it is the economic crisis in general or the harm to our reputation that is still keeping tourists away…


Politics in disaster risk management

Disasters have overwhelmed mankind all the time in the past. The potential for disaster is increasing ubiquitously in the globe, but the types of events experienced are based on each country’s geography, capacity, resilience and many other factors. Politics is an integral element of disaster management. Political scientist Harold Lasswell defined politics as ‘who gets what, when, and how.’ It is a process by which groups of people formulate decisions. Politics has been observed in all human interactions…


Recto wants construction of disaster-resilient gyms for evacuation

SENATOR Ralph Recto has proposed the construction of disaster-resilient gyms that can serve as refuge for people displaced by man-made or natural catastrophes. Recto proposed the quake-, flood-, and typhoon-proof gyms to be built in all of the country s 1,490 towns and big barangays in 144 cities. He said he made the proposal to ensure that classes will not be disrupted when public schools are used as evacuation centers during calamities. When classrooms become the default evacuation areas, it creates another class of evacuees – students, whose schooling is disrupted, Recto said, noting that disasters displace two kinds of people: those who are directly hit and the children who, though unharmed, have to temporarily give up their classrooms to evacuees, the senator added. In any calamity, Recto said students are the collateral damage as schools serve as temporary shelters of fire victims or whose houses easily swamped…


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