A recent research report by Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDMP) said there are around 78000 vulnerable buildings in Dhaka, of which 6500 are in grave danger. There are also 5000 abandoned and faulty government offices and colonies. These buildings are liable to collapse anytime due to overload, earthquake or poor land quality. If the government doesn’t take immediate preventative measures, Dhaka may turn into a death valley. Another report by Fire Service and Civil Defense identified 243 endangered garment factories around Savar, Ashulia, Gazipur, Mirpur (Dhaka) and Narayanganj. These factories may collapse any day.
The CDMP report said almost 65% of structures in Dhaka are built on soft lands that were acquired by filling water bodies. Majority of the buildings were constructed in violation of Building Codes. Around 78000 buildings in Dhaka may collapse if there is an earthquake of magnitude 7.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), on the other hand, intermittently published a list of 9000 vulnerable buildings in Dhaka. Meanwhile, cases have been lodged in labour courts against 107 factories for risky construction.
Since Wednesday, cracks appeared in two other garment factories in Dhaka, and were immediately shut down. A day after Rana Plaza collapse, cracks appeared in another building owned by the same owner. The building housed residential flats as well as A Bata shoe retail outlet, and several commercial offices. The flats are still unoccupied and the Bata store has remained closed since Wednesday.