Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, November 14, 2019 09:16:46 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Dhaka most vulnerable

By
26th-Apr-2015       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :
Bangladesh is ill prepared to tackle the aftermath of any strong earthquake. Five geological fault lines run through the country, exposing it to highly vulnerable of a major quake, say experts.
They suspect that if an earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude occurred in any large cities, there would be a major human tragedy due to the faulty structures of many buildings. Among the cities, Dhaka is most vulnerable to earthquake. Located on two fault-lines, Dhaka also ranks among the 20 cities most vulnerable to earthquake in the world.
A major earthquake jolted capital Dhaka and other parts of the country shaking twice in the span of half an hour on Saturday afternoon.
The jolt was felt shortly after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck an area between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. According to a government study, some 78,323 buildings will be destroyed completely if a 6-magnitude earthquake shakes Dhaka originating from Madhupur Fault (near Dhaka city), causing havoc in the densely populated capital city.
In case of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake originating from Madhupur Fault, some 72,316 buildings in the capital will be damaged totally and 53,166 others partially.
"If an 8.5-magnitude tremor from the plate boundary of Fault-2 hits the region, some 238,164 buildings will be destroyed completely across the country," added the study.
Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) under the Food and Disaster Management Ministry conducted the study from February 2008 to August 2009.
Dr Syed Humayun Akther, Chairman, Department Geology at Dhaka University, told The New Nation on Saturday that Bangladesh is sitting at a high risk earthquake zone and an unprecedented human disaster may occur anytime for even a moderate to heavy tremor.
Referring to three major earthquakes of the region, he said a powerful earthquake needs at least 100-150 years to be originated for a particular region and in that sense it is overdue for Bangladesh.
"As 112 years have already been elapsed since a heavy tremor from Dawki Fault hit the region, exposing Bangladesh to highly vulnerable of a powerful earthquake," he added.
He further said that numbers of moderate to heavy earthquakes are overdue for some parts of the country, including the capital. So, time has come to get ready for the possible disasters by raising awareness.
When asked, he said, Dhaka is one of the earthquake vulnerable city among other major cities due to its unplanned urbanisation.
Dr Humayun urged the government to demolish Dhaka's old and risky buildings to minimize casualties in such disasters. Besides, causalities and damages could also be minimized though strict enforcement of the Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC).
"A mass awareness should be created as part of earthquake preparedness," he added.  He also urged the government to procure necessary equipment for carrying out rescue operation after any earthquake.
The government has already procured some equipment to conduct search and rescue operation after disasters, which is inadequate to address any earthquake aftermath, he said.
 "Nepal earthquake signals that a powerful earthquake might also take place in Bangladesh anytime," feared Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal, Dean of Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Dhaka University. He added: Dhaka sited on two fault-lines is vulnerable to earthquakes with several small quakes occurred over the last three years. If a quake of lower magnitude lasts for a minute it may destroy 80-90 per cent of the concrete structures in the city.
"Mass awareness should be created among the city dwellers about earthquake. The government can make people aware about earthquake through television programmes. It should also arrange earthquake demonstration so that people can learn how to escape from a devastating earthquake," he said. Apart from this, a proper gas leakage management, power supply control, firefighting, alternative power generation, wireless communication system, heavy equipment for removing debris and emergency clinical facilities are necessary to address earthquake aftermath.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Entertainment »

Momtaz is delighted for getting Nat’l award


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Last week was a memorable week for folk legend of the country Momtaz Begum. This Parliament Member received two national recognitions. For the first time, she became the top taxpayer of the country in category of singer. This information was disclosed on Wednesday. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa ...

Football »

Chelsea win battle to sign Australian women's football icon Kerr


Australian striker Sam Kerr will test herself at the top level of European football after impressing in her homeland and the United States as she joined Chelsea on Wednesday.The 26-year-old Matildas captain - who scored five times in this year's World Cup as the Australians reached the last 16 - ...

Editorial »

People need safe and reliable train service


IN Brahmanbaria's Kasba, Dhaka-bound inter-city train Turna Nishita Express by breaching traffic signal hit Chattogram-bound another inter-city train Udayan Express on Tuesday leaving 16 people dead and injured another 70 people. The nation was shocked witnessing the fatality of the accident. Different quarters have raised voice for not modernising the ...

International »

Senator Kamala Harris promises to lift cap for employment based green cards in US


PTI, Washington :Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris is in favour of lifting the existing per-country caps for employment based green cards, her presidential campaign has said, asserting that 95 per cent in line for legal permanent residency are primarily from India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam.Ms Harris' presidential campaign, which ...

City »

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, among others, at a rally of professionals in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday demanding unconditional release of BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia.


Football »

Michael Brentan (front) of Italy looks to break past Pedro Lucas (center) of Brazil and Daniel Cabral (right) of Brazil during the FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final match between Italy and Brazil at the Olympic Stadium Goiania in Goiania, Brazil on Monday.


Football »

Ronaldo's fitness and attitude both under the spotlight


Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness and attitude has come under the spotlight after he reacted angrily to being substituted during Juventus' win over AC Milan and coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old had been nursing a knee injury for some time.Ronaldo now faces two matches with Portugal where he will want to ...

Editorial »

An innocent`s imprisonment


AFTER 27 days of imprisonment being wrongfully arrested by police, 19-year-old Rajan walked out on Monday. Police arrested Rajan Bhuiyan instead of Habibullah Rajan from the same village Gopalnagar, Brammanpara of Cumilla. The Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal ordered the Dhaka Central Jail authorities to set Rajan free. The tribunal also ...

Business & Economy »

Md. Monzur Mofiz, AMD of ONE Bank Limited, inaugurating its Banking Booth at Basundia crossing at Jashore sadar recently. High officials of the bank, Rezaul Islam Khan Russel, local Union Parishad Chairman and elites were also present.


Entertainment »

When Koushani shot daring scenes 180 feet deep inside a mine


Koushani Mukherjee who had to shoot some daring action sequences in her recently released 'Jaanbaaz' says despite the tough scenes she didn't use any dummy. "I didn't use a dummy. I gave my 100 per cent to the action scenes. It was over 40°C there and to add to our ...

Entertainment »

Kashmira Pardeshi to pair up with Bobby Simha


We had earlier reported that actor Bobby Simha will be playing the lead in an untitled film directed by debutant Ramanan Purushothama. The latest is that actress Kashmira Pardeshi, who made her debut in Tamil, in Sivappu Manjal Pachai opposite GV Prakash has been roped in played the female lead ...

Editorial »

Save the Sundarbans, it will protect us


THE Sundarbans, now most neglected world's largest mangrove forest, again has protected the country from the mighty storm 'Bulbul'. Not only the Bangladesh, the Sundarbans this time has also saved neighbouring India's West Bengal from an obvious deadly disaster.  The forest, renowned for its selfless deeds from the prehistoric time, ...

Entertainment »

Ananya Panday shines bright on cover of magazine


Ananya Panday is creating waves ever since her debut. The actress is shining bright on the November issue of a leading magazine. Earlier today, the new song from her upcoming movie was released and we can't stop grooving to the tunes! Brides Today magazine took to their social media to ...

Football »

Messi will stay at Barcelona for another five years


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted talisman Lionel Messi could remain at the Nou Camp for at least another five years.The Argentinian is under contract until 2021 but has a clause inserted in his deal which could see him leave the Nou Camp for nothing in the summer.And although ...

Football »

Messi will stay at Barcelona for another five years


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted talisman Lionel Messi could remain at the Nou Camp for at least another five years.The Argentinian is under contract until 2021 but has a clause inserted in his deal which could see him leave the Nou Camp for nothing in the summer.And although ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news