Every day, 4,000 Bangladeshis are moving to cities in search of a safer life, away from the challenges of increasingly extreme weather. Cities like Mymensingh and Dhaka are becoming vastly overcrowded, and the majority of people are moving into slum areas as they cannot afford to live anywhere else. Space is limited in the slums. Houses are tightly packed, so fires spread quickly and cause a lot of damage. As the slums are unplanned, there are no evacuation routes for people to get to safety quickly. Worryingly, Dhaka and Mymensingh are on an earthquake fault line, so evacuation routes
are vital, but most people do not know what to do in an emergency.
Dhaka is located on a river delta, so extensive flooding occurs in the rainy season. The inadequate makeshift drainage systems cannot cope with the huge volumes of storm water. Slums are quickly inundated after monsoon showers and the incidence of waterborne diseases increases as contamination is widespread.
Through this project, we will improve the conditions in ten poor urban settlements, providing flood-proof water points, washing and toilet facilities, as well as installing decent drainage systems. We will also work closely with communities and authorities, building their knowledge about how to prepare and cope with emergencies. The project will ensure that the urban poor are heard by people in power and their needs are considered in government policies.
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This year, 69,281 people will directly benefit including teachers, students, committee members and planners who are all receiving training, as well as slum residents who will use the new water and sanitation facilities. At least 40 per cent of the direct beneficiaries will be women and girls.
Indirectly, over 35,000 people will benefit from an improved understanding of health and hygiene, and 450,000 residents of Mymensingh municipality will indirectly benefit from the waste collection service being piloted by this project.
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