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Bangladesh: helping communities cope with disasters

Man with mega-phone preparing for a cyclone

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.

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

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

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When a huge cyclone struck the coast of Bangladesh, a Red Cross project helped make sure that nobody was killed.

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