Secretariat Correspondent: The World Bank (WB) has approved a US$16.5 crore grant to help Bangladesh provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar and sought shelter in the Teknaf and Ukhia Upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.
The amount stands at Tk 1,400 crore.
The grant was approved on Friday at a board meeting of the World Bank in Washington, US.
Dhaka office of the organization issued a press release in this regard on Saturday.
The ‘Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project’ will help Bangladesh cope with the world’s fastest growing exodus, where the Rohingya outnumber the local community more than threefold in the Teknaf and Ukhia Upazila, said the WB press release.
The project will help build and rehabilitate basic infrastructure, improve community resilience and help prevent gender-based violence.
This includes building a water supply system comprising of community standpoints, rainwater harvesting, and piped water supply systems as well as improve sanitation facilities. The project will also build and improve multipurpose cyclone shelters, roads, footpaths, drains, culverts, bridges and install solar street lights inside the camps.
Speaking on the occasion, World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Dandan Chen said Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering and providing for a nearly a million Rohingya people, despite its own development challenges.
risingbd/Dhaka/Mar 9, 2019/Hasan/AI