January 24, 2010 4:35 PM

Lack of construction codes sealed Haitian capital's fate

Most buildings in Haiti go up without engineers, standards or inspections. The earthquake is only the latest, and worst, tragedy to expose the largely unregulated and slapdash construction long accepted on the island — practices that structural engineers believe added to a staggering death toll that could reach 200,000.

Related content

Suggested for you



Nation & World Videos