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Submitted by F. Caurand on
Macro-disasters are indeed a new reality. Some of which, could or should have been predicted. Financial institution will have to set aside emergency funds and more emergency professionals will have to be trained. Still, over and over, the same mistakes are being made. For example, why rebuild in an area regularly flooded in Bangladesh? Infrastructures for the long term are costly, and do necessitate international funding. Yet, supervision and cooperation should remain local if not regional. Ultimately, afflicted countries must have the political will to acknowledge their failure and take lessons from it. Finally, it must be reminded that local pride and corruption are often the most serious impediments to progress.