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Bangladesh: helping communities cope with disasters

Bangladesh is one of the world's countries most at risk from disasters, particularly cyclones and floods. With 80 per cent of its 157 million people living in rural areas, the impact of these events can be devastating.

This year, Bangladesh has been in the grip of two serious crises. Up to a third of the country has been affected by the worst floods in decades. Our partner the Bangladesh Red Crescent is helping across the country, providing food and clean drinking water to over 36,000 people. 

After a surge of violence in Myanmar, around 500,000 people fled to safety in Bangladesh in just over a month. With support from our Myanmar Appeal, the Red Crescent is providing food, clean water and medical care.

Building people’s ability to cope

The British Red Cross has worked in partnership with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for over a decade. Projects reach around 250,000 people living across the country in coastal, rural and urban areas.

Together we support people to:

  • prepare for, deal with and recover from disasters
  • get access to clean water and hygienic sanitation, and to understand how this helps stop disease
  • gain the skills and funding they need to earn a living.

These linked programmes help people deal with important everyday issues. Starting from this improved base, they can cope better during emergencies.

Communities are at the core of our projects. Most are run through community committees using their local knowledge to organise what needs to be done in their areas. The Red Cross and the government provide technical support as needed.

This approach creates long-term solutions so people can help themselves, their families and their communities during crises and every day.

Find out how we're helping.

How we're helping in Bangladesh

Woman in Bangladesh holding a jug of water with boys behind her

Find out how the Red Cross supports people across Bangladesh to stay safe and healthy in disasters and every day.

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Myanmar Appeal - finding safety in Bangladesh

A mother holds a baby and walks with her two other children as the cross from Myanmar to Bangladesh

Over 422,000 people from Myanmar have fled to safety in Bangladesh. The Red Cross is there to help.

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Why ducks beat chickens in Bangladesh

A man in Bangladesh stands in front of a building holding a duck under each arm

How helping people both increase their incomes and prepare for disasters is doubly effective.

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Watch: preparing for cyclones

A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer warns people of a coming cyclone

See how a network of 42,000 volunteers on Bangladesh's coast run a unique and effective cyclone early warning system.

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Donate to the Disaster Fund


When an earthquake, typhoon or flood strikes, we need to respond immediately. Give now so we can reach people quickly in future crises.

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