A national workshop was held in Dhaka on 30 Nov to disseminate the knowledge gained from the co-operation between the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and the Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB). The workshop was jointly inaugurated by the Energy Sector Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, and the Ambassador Merete Lundemo. In his speech, Dr. Chowdhury thanked the Norwegian Government for supporting the cooperation and joint research to reduce the geo-hazard risks in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is highly susceptible to natural disasters and is among the most vulnerable countries in the Asia with regard to hydro meteorological and geological related hazards.
The purpose of the above-mentioned institutional cooperation is to reduce the risks from natural disasters related to floods, landslides and earthquakes. A major achievement of the cooperation is the successful installation of automatic landslide-warning systems in some critical areas. As a result, lives have been saved due to the timely evacuation of people residing in vulnerable areas following early warning. With technical assistance from the University of Bergen (UiB), the GSB has successfully installed seismometers around the Dhaka region for real time monitoring of earthquake. And perhaps most notably - the Geological Survey of Bangladesh now has independent capacity to monitor and detect weaknesses in the dikes close to Dhaka. This year, the discovery of weak spots made it possible for the authorities to strengthen the dike before the monsoon season. Inundations were avoided, people, livelihoods and values were kept safe.
Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury delivering speech. The Director General of the Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Dr. Md. Nehal Uddin and the Ambassador of Norway, Ms. Merete Lundemo are visible in the picture. Photo: GSB