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Better planning might have limited flood damage in Brazil. But would it have been enough?
Historic rainfall in southeastern Brazil has created deadly floods and widespread destruction in a region that was experimenting with “more progressive” planning and zoning policies than most, says Northeastern political science professorThomas Vicino, who studies metropolitan development and housing in Brazil.
Had they been fully realized, could those policies have reduced some of the destruction in Belo Horizonte wrought by the storms?