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Sylhet tremors: Hazardous buildings to remain shut for 10 days: SCC mayor

The mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has ordered the closure of hazardous buildings in the city for 10 days to avoid damage from seismic activity.

On Sunday afternoon, City Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury accompanied by executive magistrates and policemen visited some of the buildings at risk including markets in the city and passed this order.

Earlier on Saturday the city was jolted by five tremors.

According to experts, there is a risk of a large-scale quake in the coming weeks.

SCC had been preparing to prevent the loss of lives in case the quake hits.

Mayor Ariful told reporters that all buildings in poor condition will be identified; traders and authorities concerned of all hazardous markets and buildings in the city will be instructed for a 10-day closure.

People living in hazardous building will have to stay elsewhere for the next 10 days as well, he said

SCC has already identified such buildings in the city and alarmed the concerned people in this regard.