Capital`s 70 percent buildings under earthquake threat: RAJUK
Published: 03:35 PM, 1 June 2021 Updated: 04:00 PM, 1 June 2021
Capital`s 70 percent buildings under earthquake threat: RAJUK; File Photo
The capital Dhaka began to grow unplanned after the sixties. Many buildings were made without following proper rules and regulations. At present, there are about 12 lakh buildings in the capital.
A recent survey by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) has revealed that 70 percent of buildings of the capital are at risk of earthquake. The institution surveyed 3,500 school, college, and hospital buildings and found 70 percent at earthquake risk.
In this situation, experts say, government and private initiatives need to identify the risky buildings and reconstructions. They also suggest taking steps to comply with building codes in building construction to reduce the risk of earthquakes.
When asked, Mehedi Ahmed Ansari, Professor of Civil Engineering, BUET, said that there is less tendency in the capital to follow the building code in buildings up to 6 stories. These buildings are structurally quite weak and at risk of earthquakes compared to others.
Abdul Latif, director of RAJUK's Urban Resilience Project, said that while some awareness about earthquake risk has been created over the past decade, it is not enough to deal with the disaster. Rescue efforts will be difficult due to unplanned urbanization. In addition to equipment, manpower is not enough.
According to RAJUK, the organization's detailed area plan is being added to the earthquake risk assessment by examining the buildings as well as the soil in different areas.
Earlier, earthquake jolted six times in Sylhet and its surrounding area. The country's seismologists are worried about other major cities in the country of the quake. Most experts think that these quakes are a sign of a big earthquake.