Let us stop it
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.