The fate of America’s fourth-largest city holds the world’s attention, but it is hardly alone. In India, Bangladesh and Nepal, at least 1,200 people have died and millions have been left homeless by this year’s monsoon floods. Last month torrential rains caused a mudslide in Sierra Leone that killed over 1,000—though the exact toll will never be known. Around the world, governments are grappling with the threat from floods. This will ultimately be about dealing with climate change. Just as important, is correcting short-sighted government policy and the perverse incentives that make flooding worse.
—-The Economist, How government policy exacerbates hurricanes like Harvey
I’ve read that for each dollar spent on flood mitigation, four dollars is saved on disaster relief — not even taking into consideration the human suffering involved. The trouble is the people making a profit/saving money by ignoring the longterm consequences are usually not the ones paying for the disastrous results.
But one can always hope.