Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, with a large majority of the population frequently exposed to flooding, cyclones, storms and tidal bores. Around 80 per cent of the country’s surface is comprised of the delta plains of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river system, which regularly floods during the annual monsoon season. Y Care International supported the National Council of YMCAs (NCYB) of Bangladesh to carry out a youth-focused disaster risk reduction pilot project in Bogra, Chittagong and Gopalgonj.
The pilot project increased awareness on disaster preparedness and management amongst vulnerable communities which are all frequently impacted by natural hazards; and to build the capacity of NCYB and the YMCAs to manage and implement youth-led and community-based DRR. The key findings and recommendations are summarised in this report.