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A 6.9 quake will topple over 13 lakh buildings in capital

Govt alone can do quake resistant urbanisation: Minister

Published : Sunday, 2 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 111

 "Without help of the residents it will not be possible to develop earthquake resistant  capital," Minister of Housing and Public Works RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury said on Saturday.

Speaking at an  "International Seminar on Urban Earthquake Resilience" hosted by Rjdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) at a hotel in the capital he said, "The government is working on construction of earthquake resistant structures and earthquake resistant urbanization in the capital. It is not possible for the government alone to complete this work."

"People from every strata of the society should be involved in earthquake resistant urbanisation and in raising public awareness about the issue," he said.

He called for coordinated initiatives to deal with the risk of earthquakes and said, "The risk of earthquakes is increasing due to various natural factors. The government is working to avoid the  risks."

Prime Ministers Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman said the government was giving utmost importance to sustainable infrastructure development and that  Rajuk was working on earthquake resilience in the capital in coordination with local and foreign experts.

"There has been no major earthquake in the country in last 25 years. Experts say a big earthquake could strike soon. So the government is identifying the problems in this regard," he added.

Rajuks Chief Engineer and Project Director Abdul Latif Helaly presented findings of a study done by Rajuk and said, "About 8,64,619 to 1,391,685 buildings in the capital will collapse if an earthquake with 6.9 magnitude strikes  the Madhupur fault in Tangail."

He said, "There are 2,147,219 buildings in the capitals Rajuk area, of which 5,13,507 are concrete structures.

 We surveyed 3,252 buildings of which 42 are at high risk, for which Rajuk advised to demolish them."

Helaly said, "There are 2,147,219 buildings in the capital under Rajuk area, of which 5,13,507 are concrete structures. We surveyed 3,252 buildings, out of which 42 buildings were found to be at  high risk for which Rajuk advised to  demolish them."

He said, "If an earthquake with a magnitude 6.9 strikes the Madhupur fault, 8,64,619 to 1,391,685 buildings in the capital, that is 40.28  to 64.83 per cent will collapse."

"If an earthquake with 7.1 magnitude strikes  the Sylhet lineament, between 40,935 to 3,14,742 buildings in the capital, or 1.91 to 14.66 per cent will be damages," he said." Helaly cautioned that 2.1 to 3.1 lakh people will die in the capital if an earthquake with 6.9 magnitude striked the Madhupur fault during morning hours.

He said that 2.7 to 4 lakh people will perish in the capital if the quake with the same magnitude strikes the Madhupur fault in the afternoon and 3.2 to 5 lakh will die in the capital if the quake with the same magnitude strikes Madhupur fault at night.







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