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By Antonio Tabucchi

Within the sweltering summer season of 1938 in Portugal, a rustic below the fascist shadow of Spain, a mysterious younger guy arrives on the doorstep of Dr Pereira. So starts an not likely alliance that would lead to a devastating act of uprising. this is often Pereira's testimony.

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Reference has been made to the excellent advanced weather warnings althoughcommunication of these through press and broadcasting may not have been fully effective in all instances, there was nevertheless sufficient time for most of the population to take precautions and lay in essential supplies. This again saved lives and reduced losses. A major factor in the recovery was the relatively high level of insured risk - approaching 40%. These funds, unlike some funds earmarked for reconstruction, had no strings attached, were available quickly and could be used for a wider range of needs.

Moreover, the transportation and infrastructure networks that are needed to move and supply evacuated and sheltered populations are less well developed and more vulnerable than similar networks in developed countries. They are intensively used, have fewer redundant components, and are less resilient. A vivid example of these limitations is provided by the city of Guahati in northeast India (Arya 1990). 5 million people is located near the eastem end of the so-called "chicken's neck," a narrow corridor of land that links Assam with the rest of India.

The threats of nature and enemies required protection and defense. Errors and failures demanded remedy and durable betterment. Generally speaking, remedial measures and betterments are survived experiences and surmounted failures that are incorporated into the practical knowledge, into the conception ofthe world (animistic/magic/scientific), and into the material culture (new techniques, solid tools). Consequently, the standards of civilization go hand in hand with an appropriate texture of knowledge, competencies, and capabilities.

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