Building code enforcement must to cut quake risk: officials

DHAKA : In the wake of strong jolting of Manipur earthquake, top officials yesterday at an inter-ministerial meeting discussed strict enforcement of building code with due importance to cut earthquake risk, reports BSS.
As most buildings in Dhaka city are at high risk in the event of any major earthquake, they called for taking strong measures to enforce building codes for constructing earthquake resilient buildings to minimize losses of lives and property.
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, attended the meeting as the chief guest in the conference room of the ministry.
Heads of different organizations concerned, senior officials and representatives of various ministries, among others, also attended the meeting with Disaster Management and Relief Secretray Md Shah Kamal in the chair.
At the meeting, a decision was taken primarily to observe the National Disaster Preparedness Day on March 10 every year. The decision of fixing the National Disaster Preparedness Day on March 10 will be sent to the cabinet meeting for its final approval.
In Dhaka metropolitan areas, buildings are not constructed following building code properly making it one of the vulnerable cities in the world to any powerful earthquake, the officials observed.
According to the earthquake experts, it has been proved that quake-resilient buildings are very much effective to protect lives and property in case of earthquake.
Referring to global experts’ opinions, they said quake-resistant buildings can save 90 percent lives of people during any powerful experiences of eartquake and now all are giving importance on construction of quake resistant buildings to cut quake risk. They also said risk of occurring major earthquake in the country is deepening as historically the region is one of the quake-prone areas in the world and it experienced major tremors in the past.They said the longtime silence of not occurring earthquake in the region was deepening the possibility of major earthquake.