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Louisiana flooding: Economist predicts 1-year recovery; Honore says 8-10 years more realistic

Louisiana flooding: Economist predicts 1-year recovery; Honore says 8-10 years more realistic

It will take a full year for areas of Louisiana to come back from the past week’s devastating floods, an LSU economist said Monday (Aug. 22) in a forecast that drew quick skepticism from one of the figureheads of the Hurricane Katrina recovery.  James Richardson made his projections after more than 60,000 homes were damaged in what some are calling the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Nearly 3 feet of rain fell in two days, leading to 20 Louisiana parishes being declared federal disaster areas. That does not including subsequent rainfall that exacerbated high water conditions in areas that historically have not flooded…

 

Italy earthquake: investigation launched as nation mourns

 Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi embraces the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, Aleandro Petrucci, during the mass funeral in Ascoli Piceno. Photograph: Cristiano Chiodi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi embraces the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, Aleandro Petrucci, during the mass funeral in Ascoli Piceno. Photograph: Cristiano Chiodi/EPA

Italian magistrates are to investigate whether companies ignored anti-seismic regulations when restoring public buildings, such as a school in Amatrice that was reduced to rubble in last week’s earthquake.  “Everyone suspects such a tragedy was not just a question of destiny,” said Giuseppe Saieva, chief prosecutor in the provincial capital of Rieti, north of Rome, who is heading the investigation. “Our duty is to verify if there was also responsibility, human culpability.”  Italy held a day of national mourning on Saturday for the 290 victims of the earthquake. In Ascoli Piceno, an emotional funeral was held for dozens of local victims. The president, Sergio Mattarella, the prime…

 

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