July 12, 2011
High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Sh. Rajeet Mitter along with Minister for Food and Disaster Management H.E. Dr. Abdul Razzak, handed over the first batch of Sidr Core Shelters, built in Sharonkhola, Bagerhat on 9 July, 2011 to the affected families, at a public function. The event was witnessed by political leaders, members of the civil society, officials and a large number of local residents.
Government of India had offered to provide 2800 Core Shelters in more than 11 villages in Sharonkhola and Morelganj for the families affected by cyclone Sidr. The beneficiaries were selected by the Government of Bangladesh. The project is being executed by local Bangladesh contractors selected through an open tender. Work on the project commenced in October 2010. Over 1600 families have moved into the newly constructed Shelters and the remaining Shelters are being built.
The innovative design of the core shelters, verified by the Indian Institute of Technology, is ideal for cyclone prone areas and follows Bangladesh National Building Code. The shelters take into view, requirements of the beneficiaries as well as, the local climatic and seismic conditions. They are capable of withstanding moderate cyclones and floods. The Shelters use local material and manpower so as to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. The Shelters are constructed on a raised platform with foundation of precast RCC stumps and a wooden-frame structure for maximum stability. The frame is covered with Corrugated Galvanized Iron Sheets for walls and sloping roof. It has an open verandah, two wooden doors and two windows for cross ventilation. An independent toilet has been provided with each Shelter.
The Core Shelters will provide a permanent home to people in an area which is vulnerable to natural disasters such as cyclones and floods.
A couple of pictures of the core shelters may be seen below.