Hurricane Michael Leaves Dead 14 and Much More Destruction. The death toll could continue to increase as the days go by and recovery work develops: including deaths caused by negligence
After the intense devastation of Hurricane Michael, the multimillion-dollar recovery is imposed and also the obligation to improve the buildings to reduce the devastating impact of these atmospheric phenomena that have no mercy.
Hurricane Michael Leaves Dead and Destruction
This Friday, the number of deaths rose to 17, of which eight correspond to Florida, as confirmed by EFE according to data from CNN.
The authorities had already warned that as the tasks of scrapping and searching for people progressed, the figure could increase.
In addition to the eight people who lost their lives in Florida, five died in Virginia, the northernmost state Michael toured on his way to the Atlantic, three in North Carolina and one in Georgia, according to CNN.
Authorities in Jackson County, neighboring the Bay of the Northwest, where the hurricane made landfall on Wednesday, reported three new fatalities on Friday, including the 17 counts.
On the other hand, the rescue teams that work for the second day in the town of Mexico Beach, the “zero zone” of Hurricane Michael, also announced that they found bodies without life, but without specifying how many or under what circumstances.
Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, in charge of a unit that is working in Mexico Beach to rescue and search for people with the help of trained dogs, told local media: “There are people without the life. but we are working to identify them. ”
The federal and state authorities speak of eight billion dollars in material losses, fifteen billion and even more if one takes into account the reconstruction of the power lines, as well as bridges and roads affected by rains and floods.
There is the talk of thousands of displaced people, thousands of victims, who took refuge in shelters before the arrival of the hurricane.
There are also those who lost their homes and have no roof to live and are at the mercy of the plate of food that comes from federal aid.
Or the other thousands who can not reach their homes and still do not know if they will find the place where they lived.
This is the synthesis of the recent reports of the most affected localities in the extreme northwest of Florida and areas of Georgia, in which thousands of homes, mostly built with wood, were demolished by strong winds that reached 150 miles per hour.
And all this happens while North Carolina and South Carolina continue to recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Florence just a month ago.
In the small coastal location of Mexico Beach, where the devastating center of Cyclone Michael passed, it looks like a field bombarded by military planes, with countless wooden houses that were torn from their foundations and only a few masonry houses remain standing. surrounded by fallen trees and debris.
A few steps from there, near Panama City, the homonymous resort also had serious damage although these were reported mostly in minor infrastructure, windows, and gardens of major buildings.
The death toll could reach twenty, as the days go by and recovery work develops: including deaths caused by negligence, such as a man who climbed a tree to pull some branches that rested on the tree. the roof of your house.
To the federal and state aid, private contributions are added, better channeled through proven community groups and the American Red Cross, through authorized collection centers in urban centers and cities of the country.
Added to this is the question of how we should rebuild the houses and other houses that were affected or literally erased.
“Coastal homes, both in Florida and in the rest of the country, tend to be constructed of wood. We would say that it is a beautiful tradition that denotes the architectural richness of certain places, but in practice, it is a blunder, “architect George Betancourt, who was part of the team that rewrote the Miami-Dade construction code, told DIARIO LAS AMERICAS. , after the devastating passage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
“Then, in Miami, wooden houses were manufactured in some parts of the coast or some exterior walls are complemented with wood additives, which turned out to be very vulnerable to the winds of 150 miles per hour that Andrew brought,” the architect recalled.
For this reason, images such as those of Mexico Beach were first seen in Homestead and its vicinity, 26 years ago, when Andrew’s winds lashed South Florida and the material damage exceeded 23.7 billion dollars, which is equivalent about 40,000 million today.
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