Emergencies every day
Bangladesh is the fifth worst disaster risk country in the world since its topographic and geo-physical location has made it vulnerable to various hazards (World Disaster Report 2012). Flood, cyclones/tornadoes, tidal waves and river erosion, are common emergencies, mostly natural, affecting millions of people in the country with varied scale.
Around 60 per cent of Bangladesh is susceptible to flooding where 25 per cent to 30 per cent of the area becomes inundated during normal flood. Approximately 25 per cent of the total population lives in the coastal areas, which is vulnerable to cyclone, an annual disaster. Poor and marginalized communities are mostly affected by these natural disasters where children and women are always the most vulnerable.
Emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction are central to UNICEF’s everyday work in Bangladesh. Specific targeted interventions are included in programme planning. UNICEF support varies depending on the magnitude/scale of the crisis.