Experts in a discussion Thursday estimated that if a major earthquake occurs, half of all the buildings in Dhaka will be damaged and many will be beyond repair.
The virtual discussion put together national and international opinion leaders in the field of urban resilience to help build an understanding of what happens in an earthquake and the specific risk that Dhaka faces as the city lies near three major fault lines, said a press release.
Disaster Imagination is central to encouraging government officials, professionals, educators, and the general public to demand and engage in disaster risk reduction. The discussion was part of the "Safe Dhaka" campaign jointly arranged by Rajuk and RTI International with support from World Bank.
Urban Resilience Project (PD) Director Abdul Latif Helaly said enhancing disaster safety requires strong participation from everyone such as architects and engineers; technicians; government and policymakers, contractors, engineering and architect students, civil society, private sector, and public.
"It is not only RAJUK's business, it's everyone's business. I'm confident that the Disaster Imagination campaign will help audiences to understand how the world around us will change in a moment in a disaster," he added.
"To make Dhaka city more disaster-resilient, the mindset of the people has to be resilient too" says world-renowned DRM Expert & team leader of RTI International, Dr Kimiro Meguro.
RTI International organised the discussion as part of the community outreach campaign of the "Urban Resilience Project: Package S-06 Operationalize the Urban Resilience Unit (URU)", funded by the World Bank.