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Mizoram to implement Disaster Management Act

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Aizawl, Aug 25 (UNI) With the prediction of high intensity tremor in NE, Mizoram government has decided to implement the 'Disaster Management Act 2005' in the state.

State jucicial secretary P Chakraborty said here today that a consultative committee on state disaster management met here yesterday and resolved to set up a seperate wing under the department of Relief and Rehabilitation.

Mr Chakraborty said as the state lies in the quake zone-V heavy casualty is predicted during an earthquake and hence the implementation of the law is badly needed in the wake of unauthorised and unplanned building structures.

'' Speedy growth of population over the years, Aizawl has been transformed into one of the most crowded, busiest, sprawling cities in the country. The reason is all too evident - the emergence of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and multi-storied buildings on the previously vacant, almost abandoned places'', he stated.

Sharing views on the issue state geologist Dr H Lallenmawia said, ''There is no doubt that even a moderate earthquake will bring Mizoram down like a pack of cards.'' Buildings should be made of stronger and more durable materials, he said adding that unfortunately, very few people adopt these safety measures while constructing their buildings.

Geographicaly Mizoram falls under seismic zone V its rugged topography and heavy rainfall has made landslides a common feature during moonsoons, he pointed out.

Unlike plains, soil testing and geological investigation are imperative before any heavy structure is constructed, he said, failing which damage to life would be maximised not only in case of earthquakes, but also avalanches.

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