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Factbox: Cyclone Idai’s heavy toll – 732 dead, hundreds of thousands displaced
Rescue workers are rushing to help hundreds of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai battered the Mozambican port city of Beira on March 14, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. As of Saturday, at least 732 people had been reported killed in the storm and heavy rains before it hit, and the number was expected to rise, government and United Nations officials said. The storm flattened homes, damaged roads and bridges, and knocked out power and communications across a swathe of Southern Africa. Flooding creates fertile ground for disease outbreaks. Cases of cholera have been reported in Beira, adding the danger of deadly illnesses to people who are scrambling to find food, water and shelter, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Heavy rains also washed away agricultural lands, leaving many with nothing to harvest…
Remember Harvey? Houston remains unprepared for the next big flood. [Editorial]
There’s something uniquely Houston about the fact that one of the most flamboyant celebrations the city ever held was in commemoration of a bayou infrastructure project.
In 1914, upon completion of the Houston Ship Channel, city leaders organized a massive carnival on the scale of Mardis Gras, which involved hundreds of revelers riding decorated floats down Buffalo Bayou, a football game between Texas A&M and Rice (final score: A&M, 32; Rice 7) and a cannon to be fired via telegraph by President Woodrow Wilson himself. The Deep Water Jubilee, as it was known, may seem like an over-the-top way to mark a glorified dredging project — but it was an appropriate response to Houston’s single most important piece of 20th century infrastructure….