EMERGENCY RESPONSE ON COVID-19 EPIDEMIC SITUATION IN BANGLADESH
Community Development for Peace (CDP) in partnership with Postgraduate Programs in Disaster Management (PPDM) response to emergency crisis on COVID-19 epidemic situation. It has organized a food and sanitizing goods distribution program among rickshaw puller and daily worker at Korail, Mohakhali and Banani area which was forwarded by an awareness program on the Coronavirus safety issue.
Korail, is one of the largest slums in Bangladesh, is located just opposite the BRAC Head Office in Dhaka. Most of the people who live in Korail have moved to the city from some of the poorest parts of Bangladesh. Korail covers approximately 100 acres and is home to more than 50,000 residents. The slum borders Gulshan and Banani, two of Dhaka’s most affluent neighborhoods. However, the majority of Korail’s inhabitants are living below the poverty line and working in extremely low-income jobs.
Between2007 and 2008, a major eviction drive in Dhaka resulted in many slum dwellers being relocated to Korail since it has never fallen victim to evictions owing to its strong political backing. The effects of this sizeable relocation meant even worse living conditions and poorer delivery of health and education services for Korail’s residents.
As a Dhaka city is completely lockdown due to COVID-19 and people are in home quarantine for a long while. Daily labor and rickshaw puller in food crisis and health unconscious. Therefore, in this slum area, we give them food assistance and hygienic kit for their emergency uses.