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12 Jul 2010 description

With 58 cities already committed to "Making Cities Resilient", and 70 more preparing to participate, the campaign had made great progress, Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

"A resilient city," said Ms. Wahlström, "is a city that is able to withstand and recover from the effects of disaster." The new initiative, coordinated by the inter-agency Secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster …

04 Oct 2009 description

ROME, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged on Sunday 1 billion euros ($1.45 billion) for areas threatened by landslides, after heavy rains and mud killed at least 22 people in Sicily.

Berlusconi flew over the region around Messina where houses were flattened and roads washed away by a torrent of rain and mud last week.

The death toll is likely to rise as 40 people are missing, while more than 500 people have been left homeless.

"We had foreseen this disaster and given the alert," Berlusconi told reporters in Messina.

03 Oct 2009 description

Messina_(dpa) _ Rescue workers were digging to find survivors at the Sicilian port city of Messina Saturday, after heavy rains caused floods which washed away roads and homes.

Early Saturday the fire brigade recovered the body of one woman, bringing the death toll so far to 19.

Heavy rainfall was still hindering the rescue efforts, as teams tried to dig through the mud.