Analysing Yan­gon’s earth­quake safety

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Kyi Kyi Sway

FIFTY build­ings in Yan­gon will be an­a­lysed for earth­quake safety later this month us­ing vis­ual screen­ing tech­nol­ogy in a new joint project.

The anal­y­sis will be con­ducted by UN-Habi­tat, the Myan­mar Earth­quake Com­mit­tee, the Myan­mar En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety, and Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. The build­ings be­ing pri­ori­tised for the screen­ing in­clude hos­pi­tals and schools, according to Daw Aye Zar Myo Han, a na­tional pro­gram of­fi­cer at UN-Habi­tat.

Yan­gon is be­lieved to be at high risk for ma­jor earth­quake dam­age, with a rapidly ex­pand­ing city and few earth­quake-proof build­ings. Yan­gon lies close to the Sa­gaing Fault, the most ac­tive fault in the coun­try.

The new anal­y­sis project will use Rapid Vis­ual Screen­ing tech­nol­ogy from the US Fed­eral Emer­gency and Man­age­ment Agency. The tech­nol­ogy, which was de­vel­oped by the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Civil En­gi­neer­ing, is also used by the MES, said U Saw Htwe Zaw, a cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber at the Myan­mar En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety.

The anal­y­sis is be­ing con­ducted un­der the um­brella of the Strength­en­ing Com­mu­nity and In­sti­tu­tional Re­silience to Nat­u­ral Haz­ards in Myan­mar pro­gram, with fund­ing from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

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