Bangladesh is the 7th most

climate change-affected country in the world.

Frequent floods, cyclones, tidal surges – affect freshwater supplies leading to negative health and economic outcomes.

Sumi (18), grade 12 student, is living on the banks of the Sutarkhali River with her family. Tidewaters overflow this area regularly and the recent super cyclone Amphan destroyed most of the riverside toilets. As it is a coastal region, as well as the start of the Sundarbans (mangrove forest), a climate-induced natural disaster like a cyclone, river erosion, flood, tidal surges and sea-level rises bring big challenges for maintaining good hygiene. Dacop, Khulna, Bangladesh. 25 August 2020.;
Image: WaterAid/Drik/Suman Paul

3.79 million people in Bangladesh

still do not have clean water close to home.

This affects women and girls the most as they are the ones to carry the water burden for their families, travelling great distances to collect water in rural Bangladesh.

Rita Munda, 36, carrying water for cooking back from a local landowner's place, Bhetkhali, Satkhira, Bangladesh. June 2023.;
Image: WaterAid/Fabeha Monir

68 million people in Bangladesh

that's two in five are forced to use contaminated water.

The climate crisis is a water crisis. Extreme weather means already fragile sources of clean water may soon completely disappear.

Climate change
Image: WaterAid/Fabeha Monir

There are lots of ways to help us reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

And we all need to play our part so that everyone, everywhere has access to clean water. 

703 million people in the world almost -1in10
- don't have clean water close to home

Girl drinking water
Image: WaterAid/ Srishti Bhardwaj

1.5 billion people in the world almost -1in5
– don’t have a decent toilet of their own.

Girl outside toilet
Image: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Almost 2 billion people in the world –1in4
– lack soap and water to wash their hands at home.

Girl handwashing
Image: WaterAid/Drik/Farzana Hossen