Nepal’s devastating earthquake, with over 4,000 dead, was a disaster waiting to happen, as was widely noted over the weekend.
This small and impoverished country of 28 million people lies in a prime earthquake zone—international experts were in Kathmandu just over a week ago, predicting an imminent disaster. And it happened in a city with a population of over 1 million that is crammed with vulnerable old structures, many new buildings that have been inadequately designed and badly constructed, and masses of shantytown slums.
Sadly, with variations, this story of imminent catastrophe applies across South Asia. Hundreds of potential disasters have been created by the pressure of growing populations and expanding economies, plus a disregard for natural and man-made environmental dangers and the behavior of weak and corrupt governments that fail to tackle problems that everyone knows about.
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