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Bad wintry weather for areas impacted by earthquakes and tsunamis

Bad weather returns to the worst affected areas affecting the distribution of goods.  See  United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Relief Web 

Summary Link to March 21 # 10 update attached.

The report also quotes World Bank saying it will take Japan 5 years to rebuild what was destroyed by the big quakes and tsunamis.

It also adds to our growing directory of useful links:

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That World Bank estimate is interesting, given what we know of other disasters.

Haiti is 20 years.

Katrina is now over 5 years ago, allegedly 1/4 of way to a 20 year recovery.

If World Bank is correct, to what do we attribute faster recovery for Japan?

Perhaps 100% devastation then rebuild back better is less hassle than rebuilding around remaining structures, where there's lots of corruption, incompetence, and conflicting actors.  Japan will decide what needs to be done, then do it, with some help. We hope.

Alister Wm Macintyre

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