New Zealand

    The country’s Earthquake Commission has begun a series of quick damage studies of some 180,000 homes in the city of Christchurch, which was struck by an earthquake in February. The assessment will classify homes into two – those that need to be rebuilt because of severe structure damage and those that need urgent action to make them habitable and weather-tight, BBC says.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.