Severely corroded sea walls dating back to the time of Napoleon are being blamed for the deaths of at least 50 people in violent storms that ravaged the western coast of France.
Severely corroded sea walls dating back to the time of Napoleon are being blamed for the deaths of at least 50 people in violent storms that ravaged the western coast of France. "In a growing scandal, those left homeless by the disaster on the western coast said proper Atlantic defences could have saved everybody. ‘The sea was being held back by puny walls which were hundreds of years old,’ said a Gilles Aucoin, who lives near the town of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer. ‘Massive waves were able to crash through our streets and drown people. This should have been predicted a long time ago and dealt with by proper town planning. A mobile home park was near one of the sea walls and that’s where a lot of people drowned.’ President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited L'Aiguillon today, pledged almost £3 million in emergency aid. ‘It is a national disaster, a human drama with a terrible death toll,’ said Mr Sarkozy, who refused to be drawn into an argument about the defences, saying ‘I don’t want to get involved in a polemic’. Mr Sarkozy added: The urgent thing is to support the families who have members missing or dead.’"
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- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
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