BANGLADESH / CHILDREN CLIMATE CHANGE

04-Apr-2019 00:01:54
Devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change are threatening the lives and futures of more than 19 million children in Bangladesh, UNICEF said today. UNICEF
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STORY: BANGLADESH / CHILDREN CLIMATE CHANGE
TRT: 02:00
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNICEF ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: BANGLA / NATS

DATELINE : 23 NOVEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH / 3 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH / 5 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH / 15 JAN 2019, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH
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5 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

1. Med shot, children’s classroom in Umedpur village, in the remote north-west of Bangladesh, with eroded floor due to flooding
2. Wide shot, flooded corrugated makeshift house, Umedpur village, in the remote north-west of Bangladesh
3. Wide shot, flooded corrugated makeshift building, Umedpur village, in the remote north-west of Bangladesh

23 NOVEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

4. Wide shot, people wade through the flooded streets of Shore Abdani, a little village on the Bay of Bengal

15 JAN 2019, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

5. Wide shot, an industrial smokestack in Dhaka spews dark smoke into the air
6. Wide shot, dusty, smoky streets of Dhaka
7. Med shot, Sanjida, A 12 year-old street child, sleeps with other destitute children on the streets of Dhaka
8. Wide shot, auto congested streets of Dhaka spewing smoke
9. Wide shot, flyover shot of makeshift houses in Dhaka

3 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

10. Wide shot, ferries spewing smoke in Dhaka

5 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

13. SOUNDBITE (Bangla), Badrul:
“The entire earth was black and there was rain and storm. The flood water was here. A huge wave came in and broke the floor. I went to close the window and I fractured my arm. I fell down here. I was scared and I cried. Then a friend came and took me home.”


3 DECEMBER 2018, UMEDPUR, DHAKA, SHORE ABDANI, ARIAL KHAN RIVER, BANGLADESH

14. Wide shot, flooded corrugated makeshift building, the Arial Khan river, close to the Bay of Bengal
15. Wide shot, flooded corrugated makeshift structure, the Arial Khan river, close to the Bay of Bengal
STORYLINE
Devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change are threatening the lives and futures of more than 19 million children in Bangladesh, UNICEF said today.

In a new report, UNICEF says that while Bangladeshis have developed admirable powers of resilience, more resources and innovative programmes are urgently needed to avert the danger that climate change represents to the country’s youngest citizens.

The report, A Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh, points out that Bangladesh’s flat topography, dense population and weak infrastructure make it uniquely vulnerable to the powerful and unpredictable forces that climate change is compounding. The threat is felt from the flood and drought-prone lowlands in the country’s north to its storm-ravaged coastline along the Bay of Bengal.

Drawing on interviews with families, community leaders and officials, UNICEF says that a combination of extreme weather events – such as flooding, storm surges, cyclones and droughts – and longer-term phenomena directly related to climate change – such as sea level rise and salt water intrusion – are forcing families deeper into poverty and displacement. In the process, children’s access to education and health services is severely disrupted.

Around 12 million of the children most affected live in and around the powerful river systems which flow through Bangladesh and regularly burst their banks. The most recent major flooding of the Brahmaputra River in 2017 inundated at least 480 community health clinics and damaged some 50,000 tube wells, essential for meeting communities’ safe water needs.

Another 4.5 million children live in coastal areas regularly struck by powerful cyclones, including almost half a million Rohingya refugee children living in fragile bamboo and plastic shelters.

A further 3 million children live further inland, where farming communities suffer increasing periods of drought.

The report says that climate change is a key factor pushing poorer Bangladeshis to abandon their homes and communities and to try and rebuild lives elsewhere. Many head to Dhaka and other major cities, where children risk being pushed into dangerous forms of labour and into early marriages. It cites research showing that Bangladesh has 6 million climate migrants already, a number that could more than double by 2050.

UNICEF points out that since the early 1990s, investment and action – both in disaster preparedness and risk reduction programmes – have made vulnerable communities in Bangladesh more resilient to the dangers of climatic shock. For example, one result has been a dramatic reduction in the mortality rate caused by cyclones over recent decades.

The report calls on the international community and other partners to support the government in implementing a range of initiatives to shield children from the effects of climate change. One example is a technology being promoted by UNICEF and other partners which helps coastal communities protect their vital supplies of drinking water against the intrusion of salt water from the sea. The system – known as Managed Aquifer Recharge – is working in over 100 communities and needs to be taken to scale.
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