Sadly it is the poorest and most densely populated countries that bear the brunt of the most brutal manifestations of building control failure when disaster presents itself.

Be it by way of poorly conceived building regulation, compromised construction quality, or the inadequacy of building regulation and urban control enforcement, it is the poorer countries that sustain the highest death tolls. Disasters can take the shape of tsunamis, cyclones or climate change induced water rising. They could come…