Friday, 24 September, 2021

10,000 climate migrants to get water, sanitation support in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: Around 10,000 climate migrants will get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene support in ten slum areas of Rajshahi city.

To this end, 51 resilient and context-specific facilities will be installed and renovated besides installation and renovation of 28 community toilets.

Apart from this, 104 community people will be imparted caretaker training for operation and maintenance of the hardware options, reports BSS.

The development activities will be implemented on behalf of a three-year project titled “Composite Actions for Climate Migrants in Urban Slums (CACMUS)” to be implemented by WaterAid Bangladesh and Village Education Resource Centre (VERC).

These were revealed at the inception meeting of the project held at the conference hall of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) on Tuesday.

Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton addressed the meeting as chief guest with WaterAid Director Hossain Adib in the chair.

Manager of the project Manzoor-Al-Islam gave an illustration of the project along with its aims, objectives and implementation strategy during his multimedia presentation.

He said the project is intended to establish replicable community-managed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, facilitate better economic opportunities for the beneficiaries, and link climate migrants with microfinance services and pro-poor WASH services provided by the city authorities.

In his remarks, Mayor Liton said integrated efforts of all concerned have become crucial to eradicate the urban poverty caused by the adverse impact of climate change as the climate-induced poverty has been escalating gradually in the urban areas.

Rural low-income people with their recurrent disaster exposures are migrating to urban areas. These newcomers face a high employment crisis in the city.

Hossain Adib told the meeting that a model community toilet will be constructed in Rajshahi city within the next one year and utmost importance should be given so that the development activities will be sustained.

RCC Superintending Engineer Nur Islam, Chief Community Development Officer Azizur Rahman and WaterAid Zonal Coordinator Rezaul Huda Milon also spoke.