the Bangladeshi government’s International Drowning Research Centre (IDRC) and an NGO, SwimSafe, desire to reduce the death toll of 18,000 children and teens every year as a result of drowning, especially in the monsoon season. The children and teenagers are mostly between one and seventeen. Nearly one third of the country’s population uses ponds as bathing spots and most of the deaths by drowning occur in the urban areas.
Swimming lessons are given and programs held in Bangladesh while the ministry of education has made swimming lessons mandatory in schools. The deaths mainly occur in rivers, ponds and crevices in and around urban areas that become filled with water during the rainy season and floods. It has been found that children living in the coastal areas are better swimmers.