Two six-storey buildings have collapsed due to multiple earthquakes in Sylhet. Two buildings are located in Pathantula Darjipara area of the city. The two buildings tilted after a four-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale at 1:57 pm on Saturday. Residents of the two buildings were told to move quickly to a safe place. Police have been deployed at the spot. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police BM Ashraf Ullah Taher confirmed the information.
BM Ashraf Ullah Taher said that houses No. 18/1 of Block C and No. 3 of Block 3 of Pathantula Darjipara area were found to have collapsed in the earthquake. Two houses have six floors. Members of the law enforcement are stationed there.
A five-magnitude earthquake was felt in Sylhet on Saturday. Then Sylhet trembled again on Sunday. The quake struck again at 4:35 a.m. this morning. Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of the Earthquake Observatory, confirmed that the magnitude was 2.8 on the Richter scale. It also originated in the Jaintapur border area of Sylhet.
As a result of such frequent earthquakes, the people of Sylhet are in panic. Many people could not anticipate the earthquake because they were asleep this morning. Meanwhile, Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and other engineers and police officials of the corporation visited the spot after receiving the news that the building had collapsed. The city authorities have formed a special disaster cell to deal with possible disasters. Besides, short and long term action plans have been taken by the concerned departments including fire service, police, health, power and weather.
According to experts, small earthquakes can often be a sign of a large earthquake. And Sylhet can be most affected by a big earthquake. They advised to be careful for this.