This document is submitted in compliance
with EMI’s contractual obligations to the World Bank for the Bangladesh Urban Earthquake Resilience Project. The Guidebook summarizes the earthquake hazard, vulnerabilities and risk assessment (HVRA) studies relevant to Dhaka, and explains the methodology for interpreting the outcomes of these studies and their applications in various developmental processes and in disaster risk reduction planning.
The Dhaka Earthquake Risk Guidebook is
a companion to the Dhaka Risk Profile and Atlas. The combined volumes represent a single reference on earthquake hazards, vulnerability and risks for Dhaka.
The HVRA analyses undertaken for Dhaka
by this project rely significantly on previous studies such as the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) and on other published research on Bangladesh earthquake hazards and risks. In particular, the exposure data (i.e., quantification, characterization
and spatial distribution of the assets at risk in Dhaka) was provided by the World Bank and was originally developed by the CDMP. The exposure data was used “as is” and no attempt was made to check its accuracy or completeness.
New and updated socio-economic data
was collected and analyzed to develop the urban disaster risk indicators including the demographic structure of the population by ward.
This Guidebook is intended to serve as
a reference that explains the relevance, methodology, process, and findings of the Earthquake HVRA conducted in Dhaka as part of the Bangladesh Urban Earthquake Resilience Project (BUERP). It provides an example of
a framework for undertaking a HVRA in
the context of urban disaster risk reduction (DRR). The elements of this framework may be followed for similar assessments in other cities
in Bangladesh. The general approach to the assessment is participatory, with the project team working closely with the members of a Scientific Consortium and HVRA Focus Group (FG) to refine and validate the assessment methodology, analysis procedures and findings.
information pertaining to earth sciences. Examples: geophysical features and processes, geology, minerals, sciences dealing with the composition, structure and origin of the earth s rocks, risks of earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, gravity information, soils, permafrost, hydrogeology, erosion