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The Daily star Editorial : 15-07-16

The Daily star Editorial : 15-07-16

By : মোজ্জাম্মেল হোছাইন

প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন

Mitigate:তীব্রতা হৃাস করা, লঘু করা (Reduce, lessen)
Encompass: প্রদক্ষিণ করা, বেষ্টন করা (Encircle, surround, To go around)
Quake:কম্পন(Jolt, tremor)
Assess:পরিমাপ করা, মূল্যায়ন করা (Evaluate)
Impediment:অন্তরায়, বাধা (Obstruction, Barrier)
Rescue:উদ্ধার (Recovery, save)
Predict:ভবিষ্যদ্বাণী করা(Prophecy)
Flatten:চেপ্টা করা, সমান করাা(Become level, make thinner)
Skyline:দিগন্ত(Horizon)
Conform:মেনে চলা(Abide by, comply)
Debris:ধ্বংসাবশেষ(Ruins, relics)
Congested:ঘনবসতিপূর্ণ (Overcrowded)
Headlong:বিবেচনা বা চিন্তা ব্যতীত (Without thinking)
Policymaker: নীতিনির্ধারক (Formulator of policy)

New study on earthquake

Take suitable measures to mitigate likely impact

A new study using ground and satellite GPS monitors have concluded that the north-eastern corner of the Indian subcontinent encompassing Bangladesh, eastern India and parts of Myanmar is at risk of a major earthquake, and the effect when it occurs would be on a massive scale (8.2 to 9 on the Richter scale). The study conducted at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University should be taken seriously, particularly by Bangladesh which has several issues going against it in the event of a major quake.

We have long been warned that Bangladesh is at high risk of getting hit by a major quake and over the last year, and the city has been experiencing minor quakes from time to time. Now that scientific data has been presented, we need to assess the impediments to the relief and rescue operations and adopt suitable measures to mitigate the likely impact.

Although no timeline can be predicted, Dhaka would be badly hit and we should remember that 17 million people call it their home. A big quake will result in the flattening of Dhaka’s high rise skyline since most buildings fail to conform to standards set in the building code. Poor construction means lots of falling debris on to the extremely congested lanes and roads of Dhaka city. Getting relief to those trapped under buildings will be the single largest challenge for a post a quake event. These are challenges that need to be met headlong by policymakers.

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