The truth is that we are already late. Nineteen years ago, when another earthquake hit the area on the border between Umbria and Marche, it took only 45 days to provide temporary shelter to 3,400 displaced people.
But 70 days have passed since the shocks swept Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto, and Commissioner Vasco Errani had predicted that it would take at least seven months to build temporary wooden houses. Now with this second wave that swept Umbria and the Maceratese region, who knows how long it will take?
Very little is known. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the containers will arrive by Christmas. It must be said that the number of displaced people is massive: 25,000, and the number keeps growing as checks continue. But the cost of the reconstruction is also ballooning.
Under the chapter on “supply, transport and installation of emergency housing solutions,” in the contract signed by Consip (the Procurement Center of the Italian public administration) in 2015, which is valid for the next six years, it says Civil Protection will pay €1,075 per square meter of dwelling. This is higher than the cost per square meter of masonry construction in the earthquake zone: between €750 and €1,000, according to data available on Immobiliare.it. In short, an emergency housing unit could cost more than a house.