October 08, 2016

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Experts discuss earthquake preparedness in Yangon

Experts hasve suggested to check high-rise buildings in Yangon for quake resistance.
Experts hasve suggested to check high-rise buildings in Yangon for quake resistance.

AUTHORITIES and experts gathered in Yangon yesterday discussing issues related to earthquake awareness, it is learnt.
At the Earthquake Forum, they stressed the important role of the government in reducing disaster risk.
Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, has invited earthquake experts to give information on quake
awareness and to highlight the role of government in raising awareness in attempts to reduce disaster risk.
The forum aims to increase earthquake preparedness and response capacity of Yangon Region through possibility planning.
Authorities and partners are cooperating for plans to make cities like Yangon more well prepared in case an earthquake strikes.
In accordance with the disaster management law, the government established the national Disaster management committee (NDMC), the highest decision-making body for disaster management.
At the forum, experts suggested putting focus on work on earthquake emergency plans, survey and dividing quake risk zones in Yangon area.
Saw Htwe Zaw, Secretary of Myanmar Earthquake Committee, said Yangon is included in one of the zones with quake fault, urging the people to get more earthquake awareness.
Experts called for checking high-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay for quake resistance recently as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line.
The committee also stressed the need to raise earthquake awareness as the earthquake-resistant structures are still few in the two cities.
Myitkyina, Thabeikkyin, Tagaung, Sagaing, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Toungoo, Pyu and Bago which are located along the Sagaing fault line can be stricken by quakes, according to the committee.
A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar, killing at least three people and damaging famous pagodas and temples in ancient Bagan city and other regions.
Sagaing fault is the major active fault in Myanmar, running through or near major cities such as Yangon, Bago, Taungoo, Pyinmana, Meikhtila, Sagaing, Mandalay and Myintkyina, according to officials.



Kay Khaing


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