Yangon Seismic Safety Analysis | Myanmar weather

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Fifty buildings in Yangon will be scanned for seismic safety later this month using visual scouting technology as part of a new joint project.

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

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

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

The analysis is being carried out as part of the program to strengthen community and institutional resilience in the face of natural hazards in Myanmar, with funding from the European Commission.


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