The New York Times
APART FROM highlighting the short-term relief measures which should immediately be organised by the rest of the world for extending relief to the stricken people, the havoc provides an occasion for initiating long-term measures for management of a disaster of this kind. In spite of the substantial gains to the knowledge which make earthquake prediction possible and the delineation of territory lying on a geological faultline, there have been no measures for warning people and moving them to safety in time. There has to be a greater resolve at making the preparatory measures for earthquake management effective.
THE HARD job will begin once the aftershocks cease, as Turkey awakens to the magnitude of rebuilding its most crowded urban areas. Turkey must replace an entire urban infrastructure: multi-family apartments, hospitals, schools, factories, highways, communications systems, refineries, electrical plants. The goal should be not just to replace Turkey's huge material loss, but to make the country safer and stronger economically. The government of Turkey, meanwhile, will need to show more respect for strong civil institutions during this long rebuilding period.
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