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Underinvestment in disaster risk reduction comes at cost to us all

Recovery and reconstruction bills multiply while preparedness is shortchanged

| South Asia
A boy in front of the remains of his home in Nurdagi on March 4 in the aftermath of Turkey's deadly earthquake: We need to place greater emphasis on disaster risk reduction.   © Reuters

Charlotte Benson is head of the Asian Development Bank's disaster risk management unit and co-authored the International Science Council's midterm review of the U.N.'s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Of all the reasons to ignore building codes for seismic risk in an earthquake hot spot, cutting costs is as self-defeating as it is tragic.

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