In the areas hit by earthquakes in 2016, the second winter has already come, while the rebuilding hasn’t even started. What’s more: The problems with the provisional houses appear to be far from any possible solution, with people’s anger turning into mere exhaustion. No one appears interested in highlighting this situation, and people are taking almost for granted the fact that the earthquake victims will suffer, as they have no alternative, in a never-ending condition of melancholy resignation.
Looking at the numbers is always useful if we want to understand the situation in the Apennines, in the area straddling the Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo regions. The latest data provided by the Civil Protection Department report 2,149 temporary houses delivered in response to 3,662 requests in 48 municipalities. Only a little over half the requests have been answered, and one cannot fail to remember the moment in November 2016 when, in a very unwise move, probably made in the heat of his campaign for the constitutional referendum, Matteo Renzi promised that all earthquake victims would have accommodations by Christmas.
The temporary houses that were delivered are constantly having problems. There have been innumerable reports of the hot water not working, of water leaking through the roofs and of boilers exploding because of the freezing temperatures, to the point that many people have chosen to go and live elsewhere, abandoning forever the idea of returning home.