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Flash floods on Greek coast kill 15
Flash floods have killed at least 15 people, made scores homeless and destroyed infrastructure in Greece after a raging torrent inundated two coastal towns west of Athens following a night of heavy rain.
In devastation locals said was unprecedented in scale, an overnight deluge on Wednesday triggered flash floods in the industrial towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra in the foothills of a mountain just west of Athens.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a period of national mourning. “These are very difficult moments for Greece. We are living a great disaster,” he said in a state address.
“Immediately and without delay support measures will be adopted for households and businesses affected,” he said, without going…
Five Years After Superstorm Sandy, Is New York City Better Prepared for the Next Mega Storm?
Five years ago, New York City began the long task of recovering and rebuilding in the wake of Sandy, one of the worst storms in the U.S. history in terms of physical devastation and loss of life. According to the National Weather Service, the cyclone generated a “worst case scenario for storm surge for coastal regions” in New York and its neighboring states. Today, as severe storms correlated with climate change escalate nationwide, is the city better prepared for the next mega storm? The answer is yes and no. More nimble than the federal government, New York has taken a tactical, diversified approach to solutions that has some advantages. The NYC Panel on Climate Change 2015 triggered new thinking about human health risks and vulnerable populations and also built awareness that flood risk reduction must account for stormwater in the future.
OneNYC, an on-going mayoral initiative, seeks to strengthen community-based organizations to prepare and respond to disasters…