Nearly a year after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, killing 369 people, activists said on Tuesday (Sep 11) that corruption and negligence caused the collapse of dozens of buildings.
Cost-cutting by construction companies, combined with graft or incompetence by the authorities responsible for regulating them, amplified the tragedy of the Sep 19, 2017 quake, said the group Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity.
“Earthquakes don’t kill people. Corruption, official negligence and the gluttony of real estate and construction companies … make the damage caused by earthquakes much greater than it should be,” said Salvador Camarena, research director at the organization.
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