Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $41.4 million additional grants to help improve infrastructure and manage basic needs of the displaced people from Myanmar sheltered in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The government of Bangladesh singed a grant deal with the Manila-based lender in this regard on Wednesday, said an ADB press release.
Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Fatima Yasmin and ADB Country Director Edimon Ginting signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
“The assistance will scale up the ongoing project by addressing the unmet basic and urgent needs identified for ADB assistance in 2018 but which remained unfunded due to grant funding constraints,” said ADB Country Director Edimon Ginting.
“Disaster shelter centres, health facilities, improved water supply and sanitation, and better waste management that will be provided with ADB assistance, will reduce disaster risks, strengthen the resilience against COVID-19, and serve basic human needs of the camp population until their repatriation,” he added.
The new assistance will build 200 water and sanitation facilities, three solid waste management facilities, and establish a piped water supply system at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar.
It will, among others, upgrade four health care facilities for severe acute respiratory infection, expand six primary health care and diagnostic centres in Teknaf, improve skills of health care workers in Cox’s Bazar district, and construct a multipurpose disaster-resilient isolation centre to help with the COVID-19 response. To strengthen disaster resilience and help protect displaced people, six school-cum-cyclone shelters in local primary schools, and one multipurpose cyclone shelter, which will also function as a COVID-19 isolation centre, will be constructed.
In addition to the new grant assistance, an agreement was also signed on Wednesday for a $30 million concessional loan.
This loan will be used to rehabilitate a 30.76 km section of National Highway-1 to improve the transportation of relief and essential goods between Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar.
ADB support has so far provided clean drinking water, bathing facilities, food distribution centres, and disaster shelters benefitting over 1.2 million people in the camps and host communities.
Safety in the camps was also improved through solar streetlamps, and lightning arresters.
Roads, walkways, and bridges inside the camps improved the overall management of the camps as well as food distribution and other services.