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20 Feb 2017 description

Avalanches across Central Asia have claimed several lives in recent days.

Daler Abdulloev, a spokesman for Tajikistan's Innovative Road Solutions (IRS) company, which helps maintain the country's roadways, told RFE/RL that three workers had been killed by an avalanche on February 19.

Two other people were missing and many roads have been closed due to avalanches in the mountainous country.

18 Feb 2017 description

17 February 2017 – Dushanbe, Tajikistan

The abnormality with weather conditions back in 2015 triggered several mudflows and floods throughout Tajikistan highlighting the threat posed by climate-related disasters. Recognizing this threat, the United Nations Development Programme within the framework of “Livelihood Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas (LITACA)” project conducted a feasibility study in eastern Khatlon to identify locations for implementation of disaster risk reduction initiatives

17 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Though Tajikistan experienced significantly higher than average rain and snowfall during January, minimal agricultural and structural damage was incurred. Despite this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed in-country diplomatic missions and international organisations to monitor the situation, as there may be further rains during the Spring months.

  • WFP’s School Meals Programme will resume its scheduled food assistance on 01 February, following the end of the January Break. This programme assists 370,000 children throughout Tajikistan.

10 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rainfall was widespread across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

09 Feb 2017 description

Though rarely making headlines, disasters in Central Asia constitute one of the most significant threats to human security in the region. It is a vast area that is frequently affected by a range of natural hazards including earthquakes, floods, mudslides, landslides and avalanches. This, coupled with varying degrees of socio-economic development, highlights the need for Central Asian Republics to be well-prepared to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters.

06 Feb 2017 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Last year was relatively calm across the region, with countries that usually suffer from seasonal disasters, such as Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, mostly spared.

  • Tajikistan experiences one of the costliest years on record in terms of economic losses incurred by mudflows.

  • 2016 could also be dubbed the year of regional cooperation with governments making progress in joining efforts on risk reduction and border demarcation.

04 Feb 2017 description

Lighter, but well distributed rains received across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

02 Feb 2017 description
report UN Women

Bubuaisha Kurbanova and Nodira Avezova have lived next to each other for more than 15 years. Kurbanova, 49, is a school teacher from the village of Ak-Tatyr, now part of Kyrgyzstan, and Avezova, 51, is a doctor, living on the other side of the border, in the village of Chorku, which is in Tajikistan. The “border” is marked by a wooden fence, where Kurbanova and Avezova often meet to talk.

01 Feb 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October to December).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

31 Jan 2017 description
  • Heavy snowfalls have been affecting the country over the past weeks.

  • As of 31 January at 7.00 UTC, local media reported at least seven deaths due to avalanches, of which five on the Dushanbe-Khujand highway and two more in the eastern areas of the country.

  • Over the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rain may affect the country.

30 Jan 2017 description

Avalanches triggered by warm weather following heavy snowfall have killed at least seven people in Tajikistan's mountainous south.

A spokeswoman for Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee, Umeda Yusufova, told RFE/RL on January 30 that the death toll may rise as rescue teams continue working on the Dushanbe-Khujand highway and in the Gorno-Badakhshan region, where more than 40 major avalanches were registered over the weekend.

Officials said some 500 people stranded in their cars after avalanches blocked the highway were rescued on January 28.

25 Jan 2017 description

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN (25 January 2017) — Preparatory work has begun for a proposed project to improve food security in Tajikistan by boosting dairy production while making the industry more resilient to climate change.

A $500,000 technical assistance grant by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will prepare a feasibility study of the proposed investment project.

24 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 26 December, WFP presented its plan to support the Tajik Government’s efforts in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response Plan at the national platform of Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR).

  • WFP Tajikistan has delivered 320 mt of food to WFP Afghanistan in the Badakhshan province for humanitarian assistance. Most remote villages are isolated from the rest of the country during winter and it is easier and most cost-efficient to ship food from Tajikistan.

23 Jan 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Tracking Earthquake and Flood Risks across Europe and Central Asia to Enhance Disaster Resilience

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A new publication released by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery examines current and future trends in terms of earthquake and flood risks for 32 countries across the Europe and Central Asia region.

20 Jan 2017 description

Dushanbe, 19 January, 2017. The first joint Steering Committee meeting of projects recently launched within UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme for the period of 2016-2021 has been conducted with participation of all contributing agencies, national implementing stakeholders and international partners.

19 Jan 2017 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall over the past several weeks has sustained moisture deficits and resulted in degraded ground conditions across many parts of Uganda, Kenya, bimodal and unimodal areas of Tanzania, northern Malawi, and northern Mozambique.

18 Jan 2017 description
report EurasiaNet

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the border with Belarus, Ali watches the barely changing landscape with indifference. This might be the twentieth time he has taken this train with his wife and three kids. Or maybe the twenty-first, he cannot quite remember.

18 Jan 2017 description

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN (18 January 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) updated 2017 to 2019 country program for Tajikistan focuses on supporting energy and road development, improving food security, strengthening investment climate, inclusive health, and sustainable urban infrastructure.

12 Jan 2017 description

Heavy rainfall is expected to provide relief for southeastern Africa, but will increase the risk of flooding

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.