Multi Hazard Resistant New Construction or Reconstruction of BPL Houses in Flood Prone Alluvial Areas

30 May 2008

Most flood-prone areas in the country are also affected by other natural hazards such as the earthquakes, cyclones in coastal states along with storm surges, high winds in coastal areas and flood plains in the northern states. Although lighter materials used in present construction types are not much affected by earthquakes, high winds can easily blow away such construction type materials. In view of this, in all new constructions, the choice of materials and technology will need to be based on prevailing multi-hazard conditions in the construction areas. Based on the multi-hazard situation and prevailing alluvial soils with high water table conditions, the report outlines measures to be adopted for designing houses in the country, particularly in Bihar.

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