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How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« on: June 30, 2010, 12:43:28 PM »
Around 250,000 buildings in the three major cities of Bangladesh—Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet—are extremely vulnerable to earthquakes, according to a recent survey.

Some 142,000 among 180,000 buildings in Chittagong; 24,000 out of 52,000 in Sylhet; and 78,000 out of 326,000 buildings in Dhaka were detected as risky.

"The survey results were very shocking," ASM Maksud Kamal, national adviser on tsunami, cyclone and earthquake risk of the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP), said as the results were revealed on Thursday.

The results of the survey, carried out under Phase-1 of the CDMP, were presented at a national workshop on earthquake preparedness in Bangladesh, held at Sonargaon Hotel.

The study was conducted to detect 'highly vulnerable' buildings, using a new software called HAZUS, in the country's three major cities.

Kamal, a professor of geological sciences at Dhaka University, said, "We have faced two or three severe earthquakes within the last 150 years... But because of the long interval since the last major tremor, the possibility of a dangerous strike in the near future is rising."

Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, vice chancellor of BRAC University and president of the Bangladesh Earthquake Society, a multidisciplinary research-based group, said the CDMP survey made significant progress with a successful fault-line search aided by modern technology and foreign experts. "The survey is the first of its kind in our country," he said.

In course of the survey conducted from February 2008 to August 2009, a database of all the buildings and maps of roads, electricity, water and gas pipe lines were developed to assess possible damages that could occur during an earthquake.

The active fault studies under the survey revealed five different segments as potential to be source of earthquake in the future. Sylhet, for the Dauki fault, and Chittagong, for the Plate Boundary fault- 1, 2 & 3 in the Bay, are among the most vulnerable cities.

Dhaka too is vulnerable, even in a mid-level tremor, because of its high density population and highrise concrete structures, for the Madhupur blind fault.

Assessment vs Preparedness

Experts observed that though disaster assessment has moved ahead with the survey, there have been hardly any tangible measures taken by way of disaster preparedness.

On its part, the housing and public works ministry has initiated programmes to reactivate the building code, which was formulated 16 years back. A work order has been circulated and an advisory body formed to revise and update the existing code. Officials said the process will end sometime next year.

RAJUK, the city corporations and other concerned government agencies have to come forward in a coordinated move to ensure strict compliance with the building code, said Chowdhury.

He further said that earthquake will have to be included in the Standing Order of Disaster (SOD) to allow taking stringent legal steps against violation of building codes.

Volunteers are also being trained and equipment collected and distributed under the CDMP, said Chowdhury underlining that volunteers are the foundation to fight a "sudden" disaster like earthquake.

Directions on how hospitals, fire service and rescuers, including the armed forces, will respond to an eventual disaster will have to come soon, he said.

Food and disaster management minister Abdur Razzaque said the government has already started to build a 62,000-strong volunteer corps within the next few years while the fire service and civil defence department are being equipped with search and rescue tools under the CDMP.

The government has recently approved an additional Tk 70 crore to procure more sophisticated rescue equipment for the defence forces to handle any major earthquake disaster.

The minister said rescue training activities and advocacy campaigns among the decision makers, planners, teachers and school children are being conducted in the risky zones of Bangladesh—Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet—to reduce urban risks in the event of any major earthquake.

An Earthquake Contingency Plan has been developed through training programmes and exercises are being conducted to implement the plan effectively, Razzaque added.

The draft National Plan for Disaster Management 2008-2015 is underway, which will be finally approved by the government, containing an earthquake management plan.

Speaking at the workshop, ambassador and head of delegation of the European Commission Stefan Frowein said the risk of a major earthquake is looming large and urged for intensifying disaster preparedness through creating awareness among the city dwellers.

UNDP country director Stefan Priesner appreciated the success of CDMP in introducing the in-depth research towards building a database.

The CDMP is being supported jointly by UNDP, DFID and European Commission in collaboration with Bangladesh government.


By Probir Kumar Sarker
bdnews24.com correspondent
Fri, Aug 28th, 2009 5:58 pm BdST
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 02:35:02 PM »
Thanks Mr. Ansary for your time demand and thoughtful post.


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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 12:43:09 PM »
Yes Mr. Ansary as a citizen of Bangladesh we should know this information very clearly. Your post will help us greatly. Thank you.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 02:40:42 PM »
Bangladesh passing a very risky time..
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 10:43:07 PM »
What we should to reduce the risk of earth-quake in Bangladesh??
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 11:14:45 PM »
At present Dhaka city is the number one dangerous city in the world .....................

may be only  Allah can help us
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 12:17:30 PM »
You are fully right. We are living in danger. So now this we can be awar this risk.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 02:00:22 PM »
High rise buildings are posing threat to our survival as will worsen the critical situation of earthquake. Most of the cases people do not follow the rules and regulations recommended by RAJUK and as a result unexpected suffering befall us.
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 11:12:28 AM »
Mostakima was asking what to do to save ourselves? We must keep in mind that any time we can face this natural disaster( God save us).So don't get panicked. In fact panicking isn't going to help the situation. We'll think it over in some other way also. What do you think if all on a sudden we  become very religious and start building our houses following the 'Building Code'?

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2011, 03:42:23 PM »
It is true that you are in risky position and hope government will take proper step regarding this matter.
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2011, 12:26:09 PM »
now we must care about the earth quack
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2011, 03:25:24 PM »
yes we are in a very risky situation
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Re: How Risky Bangladesh is due to Earthquaqe
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2011, 09:57:53 PM »
Very useful post.

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2011, 12:23:57 PM »
very informative and thoughtful post.     
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2011, 08:26:20 PM »
Good Post. Keep it up.
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