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TIB: Most flood shelters in poor condition with inadequate facilities

  • Published at 11:51 pm September 29th, 2019
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman addresses a press conference organized by TIB at its conference room in Dhaka’s Midas Centre on Sunday, September 29, 2019 Rajib Dhar

According to the findings, 43% shelters have no facility for an overnight stay, 65% lack of separate space for women

A research conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said most of shelters in the flood-prone rural areas of the country are dilapidated with a scarcity of facilities for the affected people. 

The research findings were unveiled at a press conference organized by TIB at its conference room in the capital's Midas Centre on Sunday.

According to the findings, 43% shelters have no facility for an overnight stay, 65% lack of separate space for women, 41% shelters are in need of proper sanitation systems, 79% have no arrangement for toilets separately for women, and 53% flood shelters lack water purification arrangements.

The findings showed 86% shelters had inadequate food supply and 82% had insufficient supply of oral saline and medicine.

In 76% cases, residents in the flood-affected areas found no role of local government representatives it getting shelters or safe places, it said.

Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneDeputy Program Manager (good governance in climate fund) Md Newazul Moula said they found negligence in the process of making people aware before floods, sheltering them during the natural calamity, and relief distribution. 

He said: "91% people said they did not get any warning before floods though the Department of Disaster Management claimed issuing such warnings 24 hours ahead."

The researchers suggested an increase of awareness of floods at the preparation level, response as soon as possible, allocating sufficient budget for rehabilitation and relief distribution, repairing river embankments before the monsoon, building community based shelters, prioritizing protection of women, children, elderly and disabled. 

The research was conducted by Deputy Program Manager (good governance in climate fund) Md Newazul Moula, Senior Program Manager (good governance in climate fund) M Zakir Hossain Khan, Program Manager (climate fund policy and integrity) Md Mahfuzul Haque, Assistant Program Manager (research and policy) Amit Sarker, and Senior Program Manager (research and policy) ASM Juel.