516 earthquakes in BD in 14 yrs: Minister

516 earthquakes in BD in 14 yrs: Minister

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Some 516 earthquakes hit Bangladesh from 2001 to 2014, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury told Parliament on Tuesday.Replying to a question from Awami League MP Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4), the minister said highest 43 tremors jolted the country in 2002 followed by 42 in 2003.

He mentioned that 31 earthquakes shook the country in 2001, while the number was 39 in 2004, 30 in 2005, 27 in 2006, 31 in 2007, 36 in 2008, 34 in 2009, 38 in 2010, 37 in 2011, 34 in 2012, 35 in 2013 and 25 in 2014.

Responding to a supplementary question from ruling party lawmaker Shamim Osman, the minister said a process to purchase equipment worth Tk 158 crore is underway for conducting rescue operation after earthquakes.

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