DHAKA, MAY 16 -- U.S. Ambassador James F. Moriarty and Dr. Mozammel Hossain, MP jointly inaugurated two new schools cum cyclone shelters in Sharankhola Upazila of Bagerhat District today. These two new cyclone shelters can accommodate approximately 3,000 people during a cyclone and will provide classroom space to 200 students. The U.S. Government donated Taka 3.47 crore to construct these two shelters and the project was co-managed by the Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department and CARE Bangladesh.
The U.S. Government continues to work closely with its many partners to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in Bangladesh. The U.S. Government funds construction and maintenance of multi-purpose flood and cyclone shelters throughout the country as well as wave protection walls and earthen embankments to reduce flood damage. To date, the U.S. Government has supported the construction of more than 500 cyclone shelters throughout Bangladesh, accommodating more than 500,000 people. These cyclone shelters serve as safe havens during floods, cyclones and other natural disasters.