Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Bangladesh population reached 164.4 million this year, growing by an average of 1.4 per cent over the last five years, a new United Nations report said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) annual report styled “From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal: Generations of Change”- state of world population 2010 said presently average life expectancy of the country’s male is 65.4 years while 68.1 years for the female.

Only 18 percent of pregnant mothers of the country get skilled birth attendant while giving birth to a child, according to the report.

If the present rate continues, it has projected that the population will blow out at 222.5 millions by 2050.

The report was unveiled on Wednesday at a city hotel where food and disaster management minister Abdur Razzak was the chief guest, chaired by UNFPA country representative Arthur Erken.

UNFPA simultaneously published the report at all capital cities around the globe on the day.

BBN/SSR/AD-21Oct10-1:04 am (BST)