ADB has been supporting Bangladesh in managing the emergency humanitarian situation after displaced persons from Myanmar took shelter in Cox’s Bazar camps in 2017.

The influx of displaced persons from Myanmar put tremendous pressure on the local service delivery system, and infrastructure.

To support the government’s efforts in managing the emergency situation, ADB approved $100 million in grant in 2018.

The assistance was for developing basic infrastructure and services for the displaced persons sheltered in 34 camps in Ukhia and Teknaf, as well as the host communities.

The assistance improved (i) water and sanitation, (ii) disaster risk mitigation, (iii) energy supply, and (iv) road access to and within the camps.

10 school-cum-cyclone shelters, and 11 km storm water drainage networks, four food distribution centers were constructed and put to service.

400 lightning arresters were installed to save people from lightning.

40 surface water-based piped-water supply systems, 500 solar-powered community bathing facilities with running water, 3 small surface water treatment plants, 5 integrated waste management facilities, and a collection system, have been completed.

Seven mobile water carriers of 3,000-liter capacity each have been put in service.

Under the Energy component, 2,000 standalone solar streetlights; 2,000 mini-grid powered streetlights; and 100 solar nano-grid for household lighting have been installed.

A 33/11 kV power substation, and 50 km power distribution lines were constructed too.

A 50 km road from Ukhiya to Teknaf has been completed under the road component.

Edimon Ginting
Country Director
ADB Bangladesh Resident Mission

I am very pleased to see that 90% of our projects have been completed including a number of innovative elements.

As well as to continue with water supply and management

And also we will develop another road to help the communities as well as the camp in Teknaf.

The project is promoting innovation including creating sources for surface water.

A unique innovation introduced under the project is an energy-neutral new technology called Omni-processor, which will manage solid waste to create fertilizer, power, and drinkable water.

Tika R. Limbu
Principal Portfolio Management Specialist
Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh

We are continuing our support.

We are embarking into phase two now, where we will be going into the health and public health and COVID 19 response components as well, where we will develop the better health system.

We will improve the primary health center; we will improve the community health center and we will also train the population.

ADB will continue to work with the Government of Bangladesh and the global community until the sheltered people are repatriated to their homes in a respectful, dignified, and sustainable manner.