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2/14/2007

Strong quake may jolt northwest Bangladesh

Earth News: Bangladesh
Seismic Warning
Tue, 13 Feb 2007
Experts apprehend a powerful earthquake in the northwest of the country, including Sylhet, in near future but there is no preparation in the region to face such a catastrophe. A research study conducted jointly by Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) and Sylhet Disaster Forum revealed that 95 percent of the buildings in Sylhet are vulnerable to earthquake. If a powerful quake strikes, the city will be reduced to debris, said the study report. The report estimated that 95.6 percent of the buildings in the city would be affected by such a quake with the casualty figure around 40,000 and loss of property over Tk 500 crore. The probability of earthquake in Sylhet has become stronger as Indian earthquake experts also apprehend powerful tremors in the adjoining Indian State of Assam.
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