A refurbished multi-purpose cyclone shelter (MPCS) was inaugurated Thursday at Ramu in Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
Additional Secretary to Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Ronjit Kumar Sen and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Derrick Brown jointly inaugurated the centre.
This is in addition to 11 other cyclone shelters that have been renovated by USAID, reads the release.
The shelter, located at the Uttar Mithachari Government Primary School, can accommodate more than 1,500 people during a cyclone and will provide classroom space for up to 400 students.
This MPCS is one of the 50 already refurbished out of a total of 96 planned under USAID's Promoting Resilience to Risks of Natural Hazards (USAID/PRERONA) activity in Cox's Bazar, one of the most disaster-prone districts in Bangladesh.
USAID is also providing support for the construction of an additional 25 new Multi-Purpose Disaster Shelters (MPDS) in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban through a joint project being implemented by CARE, Save the Children, and local partner, GRAUS.