A Nepalese man carries belongings salvaged from his house that was damaged in the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday.Earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed at least 8,622 people and damaged 756,000 houses and other buildings in Nepal.U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Magdy Martinez-Soliman said good urban planning is vital in disaster-prone areas, something that Mexico learned after being hit with a 1985 quake that killed at least 9,500 people and flattened parts of Mexico City.Since the recent earthquakes, Nepalese authorities have been criticized for not enforcing building laws and allowing tall and weak buildings to be built.Nepal's government this week banned construction of new buildings for two months and said it would review existing building laws.
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