Weeks of Disaster

It’s been a horrible few weeks. Flooding has displaced millions in South Asia. Mudslides killed more than 500 people in Sierra Leone. Hurricane Harvey delivered a 1,000-year flood.
 
In India, the Mumbai floods has led to calls for radical improvements to urban planning: As extreme weather increases, infrastructure must adapt, environmentalist Debi Goenka told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Similar demands have been made in Houston.
 
In Sierra Leone, a UK team has deployed to help prevent disease outbreaks following last month’s devastating Freetown mudslides, the BBC writes.
 
And in Houston, Harvey has spawned chemical and gas spills and polluted floodwaters, according to the New Republic and The New York Times.
 
The common link? Planning seems to only follow disaster.

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