ArmInfo. 70% of buildings in Armenia do not comply with seismic standards. The head of the State Committee for Urban Development of Armenia Narek Sargsyan announced during a press conference on February 23. In this regard, he stressed that the strengthening and reconstruction of these buildings will become a big financial burden for the state.
According to him, in 2017 the government adopted a single strategy of seismic safety, according to which the relevant work will be carried out. "This is a long and difficult process, during which work will be regularly carried out to improve the seismic stability of buildings in the short and long term," he concluded.
Meanwhile, according to the newspaper Golos Armenii referring to Sputnik, director of the Armproject Institute Grigor Azizyan believes that most of the residential buildings in Yerevan are unstable to powerful earthquakes, primarily because of age. However, as the head of the Seismic Resistant Construction Center of the National Service of Seismic Protection of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Zaven Khlgatyan notes, all buildings every 10 years must pass certification and research for seismic resistance. The cost of certification of one building is about 300 thousand drams (about $ 650), and an in-depth study of seismic resistance - about one million drams (about $ 2,200). In Yerevan alone, the number of residential buildings is about 4800. "Passportation and the subsequent strengthening of these buildings require huge financial costs, unfortunately, these funds are not yet available in the budget, which, however, does not negate the urgency of the problem," Khlgatyan said. For Armenia, the maximum seismic resistance is 9 points. In addition, as noted by Khlgatyan, out of the indicated 4800 metropolitan buildings, about 300 have an accident rate of III or IV degree. The danger is also dense buildings, mainly in the center of Yerevan.