Nothing happened. As we entered the fifth month since the beginning of the seismic crisis that devastated the Apennines between Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo, the emergency is still acute, and all the fundamental questions remain open: from reconstruction of wooden houses, to the accommodation of displaced persons, to economic reparations, which in the “earthquake decree” were almost entirely referred to as future measures by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
But for farmers right now, their financial problems are becoming extremely burdensome, partly because agriculture is the main industry in the vast areas affected by the earthquake. The farming industry group Coldiretti, having raised the alarm in recent days, provided a statistic that says it all: “We estimate that just 15 percent of the structures of animal protection have been built.” They blame bureaucracy for the delays. “We must ease the path for the arrival of the structures, solving the problems of electricity and water hook-up, without which the stables that have been built cannot accommodate animals.”
On Monday, in Norcia, a third residential block was inaugurated, a collective building that accommodates 40 people, erected by an army unit. The structure is adds to the other two blocks opened hastily before Christmas in Camerino and in Umbria.