Climate resilient water supply facilities for costal districts stressed

Staff Correspondent | Published at 02:19am on November 28, 2019


Speakers attend the launching ceremony of the project on climate-resilient water supply and sanitation in southwest Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Water and sanitation development activists at a discussion held in the capital on Wednesday stressed climate resilient water supply facilities for the costal districts of the country.

WaterAid Bangladesh in cooperation with UK-Based water company Severn Trent organised the discussion on the occasion of the launch of its project titled ‘promoting climate-resilient water supply and sanitation in Southwest Bangladesh’.

The speakers said that the Southern districts, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal, of the country were vulnerable to the climate change repeatedly affected by different disasters where people were in acute crisis of drinking water due to salinity.

They said that after any disaster people of the area highly affected for water and sanitation crisis.

Farhana Islam, programme manager of WaterAid Bangladesh, said that the five-year project on its completion would improve the availability of affordable drinking water in schools and community clinics in four unions of Assasuni upazila of Satkhira district.

‘We will support 80,000 people of the areas with a cost of Tk 5.6 crore,’ she said.

Imrul Kayes Muniruzzaman, director of WaterAid Bangladesh said the coastal belt of the country is prone to regular cyclones.

‘We aim to provide sustainable and resilient long-term solutions to the communities residing in the country’s coastal areas in order to fulfil their basic needs – water, sanitation and hygiene,’ he said.

Among others, WaterAid policy adviser Md Shafiqul Islam, director and Rupantar executive director Swapan Kumar Guha spoke.