Bangladesh is at high risk from climate change due to its low lying geography, high population density and poverty levels. In part of the country more frequent droughts are causing water sources to dry up and water tables to fall. In other parts of the country more frequent and severe flooding and cyclones are already damaging water and sanitation facilities. In other areas sea level rise is jeopardizing clean water supply with salt water intrusion. The impact of climate change on the water sector is disrupting education, impacting on health and putting children’s lives at risk.

The below video from UNICEF Bangladesh highlights how important it is to be able to access clean water and sanitation following a natural disaster:

In order to help deal with these impacts UNICEF has been working across Bangladesh to help communities at risk of cyclones, floods, droughts and sea level rising, to become more resilient and adapt their infrastructure to climate changes. This has included the creation of ecological villages and neighbourhoods, preparing communities and schools to reduce their risk to disasters, adapting their water supply and making sure their schools are safer places. This way, we can make a positive impact, ensuring that children in Bangladesh and their communities become more resilient to the increasing challenge that climate change poses for the country.

A girl collects drinking water from a tube-well in Bangladesh.  © UNICEF/NYHQ1998-0191/Noorani
A girl collects drinking water from a tube-well that has been raised to protect it from contaminated flood water in Mymensingh in Bangladesh. © UNICEF/NYHQ1998-0191/Noorani

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