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WFP, USAID hand over 30 cyclone shelters in Cox’s Bazar

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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WFP, USAID hand over 30 cyclone shelters in Cox’s Bazar

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) handed over 30 rehabilitated cyclone shelters in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.

Senior officials of USAID and WFP handed over the newly rehabilitated cyclone shelters through a ceremony in one of the rehabilitated shelters in Teknaf on Thursday.

The shelters will protect approximately 20,000 people during an emergency, and were structurally rehabilitated as part of the second phase of WFP’s disaster preparedness program, funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA), which aims to strengthen the capacity of local government actors and communities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

“Cox’s Bazar is one of the most vulnerable and disaster-prone regions of Bangladesh which is why we have prioritized strengthening the resilience of the local community to save lives during natural disasters,” said Sheila Grudem, senior emergency coordinator for WFP in Cox’s Bazar. “We believe these rehabilitation work will have a durable positive impact on people’s lives in this area,” Grudem added.

“I express my gratitude to WFP and USAID for their support to this important work in the host communities of Cox’s Bazar,” said Srabasti Roy, senior representative of the Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar. ‘The cyclone shelters will contribute much to protecting the community during heavy rains and floods.”

“On most days, these buildings serve as schools or municipal offices, but when the next disaster strikes, they will each keep 800 to 1,000 people safe from flooding, landslides, rain, and wind,” said Randy Ali, deputy mission director, USAID.