Italian wildfires kill 2 homeowners, force tourists to flee
Wildfires that have consumed vast swaths of southern Italy and forced the emergency evacuation of hundreds of tourists claimed the lives of two retirees Thursday as they tried to defend their property. Authorities say most of the fires appear to be caused by arson. Italy’s environment minister did not rule out Mafia involvement in the blazes in an interview in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
The two men in their 60s died in separate incidents in the southern region of Calabria, overcome by smoke while trying to extinguish the encroaching flames, the news agency ANSA reported.
The Legambiente environmental group says some 26,000 hectares (more than 64,000 acres) of woodlands have been destroyed by flames in Italy since mid-June. Half of that has been in Sicily, where some 800 tourists were evacuated by sea Wednesday from a resort…
Airbnb tests new ways to unlock doors during disasters
After the devastating fire that tore through London’s Grenfell Tower a month ago, leaving at least 80 people dead or missing, local homeowners listed on Airbnb opened their doors to put up humanitarian workers aiding the hundreds affected by the blaze that gutted the 24-storey tower block.
Determined to capitalise on its global network of 3 million short-term renters to help out in disasters and displacement crises, the online lodgings marketplace is working with city authorities around the world to improve emergency preparation and response, as well as provide free housing…
Lexington, TFIA partner on innovative flood insurance product
Lexington Insurance and The Flood Insurance Agency (TFIA) have introduced a program to build resilience during the claims-resolution process after a catastrophe loss, company executives said at Insurance Business America’s Cat Risk 2017 Masterclass today.
The companies have partnered to offer Lexington FloodReady, an insurance product that allows customers to repair their flood-damaged homes with materials that are more resistant to flood damage…