Quake “shows why countries must prepare for worst”

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Devastation at a school in Pakistan caused by an earthquake in 2005. Photo: UNHCR/Vivian Tan

Time "is running out" to help people trapped in the rubble nearly 48 hours after a massive earthquake struck the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, UN experts said Tuesday.

The bleak assessment by the UN disaster risk reduction agency, UNISDR, after the 7.5 magnitude tremor highlights the need for more governments to implement measures that can improve countries' resilience when catastrophe hits.

And while security concerns can be an obstacle to implementing so-called "risk management initiatives" in places like Afghanistan, UNISDR spokesperson Denis McClean told Daniel Johnson that they were much more likely to succeed if top government officials play their part.

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