Health Desk- 02 Oct, 2019: United Nations agencies have launched the second phase of their Disaster Risk Reduction activities in the host community of Cox’s Bazar, alongside partners and local authorities.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched the activities on Tuesday.
Cox's Bazar is one of the most disaster-prone districts of Bangladesh, susceptible to tropical cyclones and associated storm surges, flash flooding, and landslides. Vulnerability in the district is high, with many villages, farms, and public assets exposed to recurrent disasters every year.
In response to this, UN agencies have been working with the government to further develop local capacity to respond to these recurring disasters.
This initially included the rehabilitation of more than 60 cyclone shelters in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas throughout 2018/19 which constituted the first phase of disaster risk reduction work.
The second phase will further reinforce and rehabilitate the shelters, strengthen local capacity, preparedness, and resilience, and strengthen social cohesion.