A notable achievement by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS)/the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2013 was the response operation of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar in April, in which more than 100 Red Cross Youth (RCY) volunteers collectively endeavored with the Bangladesh Army, fire brigade and police in the search and rescue of trapped victims, tracing of missing persons and primary health care services to the injured. BDRCS response operation received national and global recognition through major media networks.
BDRCS disaster risk management (DRM) strategy has been revised and updated as the ‘BDRCS DRM Strategy 2010-2020’ in the light of the changing reality of national and global context. This strategy will support humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) service delivery and capacity of the BDRCS. IFRC together with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has provided leadership for the shelter cluster in its joint needs assessment which was conducted on the common humanitarian response of the tropical storm Mahasen.