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A fter ru­mors through so­cial me­dia, peo­ple are wor­ried that a se­vere earth­quake may strike us at any time.

These days, through so­cial me­dia some peo­ple have taken out in the name of His Ho­li­ness Garab Rim­pochhoe stat­ing that se­vere earth quake will oc­cur. For that the per­sonal as­sis­tant of the Rin­pochhoe has to re­spond to it that it is not true since we can­not fore­cast earth­quake.

Ac­cord­ing to the seis­mol­o­gist, it stated that there are chances of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing of se­vere earth­quake, but we can­not say that when it will hap­pen as it is nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. Seis­mol­o­gist says that we should be alert and be cau­tious as Bhutan falls in highly seis­mic zone. Fur­ther Bhutan has ex­pe­ri­enced an earth­quake of about 8.00 richter scales about three years ago.

The Prime Min­is­ter had or­dered all the schools and hos­pi­tals to be as­sessed for the earth quake. As the schools has stu­dents and hos­pi­tals with pa­tient all ef­forts will be un­der­taken by the gov­ern­ment that pa­tient and stu­dents are safe as pos­si­ble.

Al­though Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal has car­ried out the as­sess­ment study of the hos­pi­tal in con­sul­ta­tion with the WHO, Min­istry of Health and with de­part­ment of dis­as­ter man­age­ment since year 2012. The study has re­vealed many seis­mic vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties but the other ques­tion is with the other hos­pi­tal in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, it stated that the earth­quake will af­fect mostly to build­ings and other in­fra­struc­ture, so for that it is nec­es­sary to form emer­gency res­cue team.

But other re­search also shows that it will af­fect more to those tra­di­tional con­structed build­ings which are con­structed with the use of ce­ment and TMT bar.

The peo­ple living in Thim­phu and living nearby to Paro air­port needs to be cau­tious if it is sure to be ex­pe­ri­enced as some pointed out that the most af­fected will be to Thim­phu ar­eas, Paro Air port, high­way, to elec­tric­ity and the ser­vice for the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion will be af­fected.

How­ever, with the strength­en­ing of the dis­as­ter man­age­ment team in Dzongkhags and Thromdes with a fo­cal point it will be easy and con­ve­nient to co­or­di­nate the res­cue and search team in case of earth­quake. Lots of re­sources has been di­verted to­wards the prepa­ra­tion and ca­pac­ity build­ing of the dis­as­ter man­age­ment team.

With the above sys­tem put in place by the gov­ern­ment, we seem quite pre­pared for the dis­as­ter but we are not sure of the mag­ni­tude of the dis­as­ter and the time.

As a con­cern cit­i­zen we should stop spread­ing such mes­sages as it will cre­ate huge pub­lic outcry and a great sense of fear amongst our pop­u­lace. Such things will jeop­ar­dize the gen­eral peace and har­mony of our peo­ple. So let us stop it.

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