As part of a cyclone rehabilitation project, the government has constructed 136 new multi-purpose disaster shelters that also double up as primary schools during non-emergency situations, a statement from the World Bank said yesterday.
With support from the World Bank, the Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRRP) has been going on to restore the livelihoods of people affected by the Cyclone Sidr and Cyclone Alia, which struck in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and to build long-term disaster preparedness.
By June this year, 65 more new shelters will be completed, while the key target is to construct a total of 330 new shelters by the end of 2017, the statement added.
Already 241 existing shelters have been renovated out of a target of 460 shelters to be repaired by 2017. At least 81 more are expected to be fixed by June 2015.
Repair works for 260km coastal embankments have so far been completed out of a total target of 460km.
A recent monitoring and evaluation report showed significant improvements in the socio-economic status of the project beneficiaries, the World Bank statement read.
The 2014 Household Survey showed that 90% of the beneficiary households now have annual incomes of above Tk60,000, placing them above the poverty line.
The project also includes work on building shelter access roads in cyclone prone areas, as well as providing agricultural support to farmers through the provision of improved seeds, agricultural tools, livestock, fish fingerlings, household silos and hands on training on the use of such technology.
The project is also supporting the preparation of the first phase of a fifteen year government programme for disaster risk reduction.