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Monitoring and Early Warning in Tajikistan: Monthly Report - October 2014

GENERAL TRENDS

NATURAL HAZARDS

In October, the probability of weather emergencies is low. Rain is possible at lower elevations, snow is possible in the mountains, and frost is possible at higher elevations and foothill areas.

WEATHER

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Afghanistan + 7 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - September 2014

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Humanitarian Partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Test Disaster Preparedness to Trans-Boundary Risks

(Khujand, 24 October 2014) – Central Asia’s first of its kind simultaneous simulation exercise on two sides of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border is taking place between 22 and 24 October. Government representatives, United Nations agencies, international and local NGOs, and the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement in each country will test their respective emergency preparedness plans in case of a disaster with effects spilling over the border.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Kyrgyzstan + 1 other
Experts of emergency departments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discussed joint plans for cooperation of border areas

Report
Kabar

Bishkek, October 11 / Kabar /. A two-day meeting of experts of emergency departments of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan is held in Bishkek.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the sides discussed joint responses to possible disasters of transboundary nature and developed a unified response plan of emergency actions and discussed steps of coordination with related government agencies.

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Kyrgyzstan + 2 others
Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

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EurasiaNet

by David Trilling and Timur Toktonaliev

Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local bazaar in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, the price for beef has jumped 9 percent in the last six weeks. And she is not alone feeling the pain of rising inflation. Butcher Aigul Shalpykova says her sales have fallen 40 percent in the last month. “If I usually sell 400 kilos of meat every month, in September I sold only 250 kilos,” she complained.

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Tajikistan: Floods in Khuroson District Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRTJ018 Final Report

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 16 April 2014, due to heavy rains and hailstorm, a mudflow hit Kizil-kala village of Mehnatobod administrative centre of Khuroson district, Khatlon province.

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Tajikistan: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Operation n° MDRTJ017 Final Report

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Destructive floods and landslides occurred in Vose, Shurobod, and Hamadony districts and in Kulob city in the south of Tajikistan as a result of heavy rains on 11-12 April 2014.

In total, 15 people were killed, 13 of them died in an incident hitting a large family in Sarichashma village of Shurobod district. In addition, one person was killed in Vose district and another one in Hamadoni district.

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EBRD And Switzerland Finance Wastewater Improvements In Khujand, Northern Tajikistan

EBRD loan and SECO grant will enable municipal water company to improve sewerage network and treatment

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have joined forces to enable Khujand, the main city of northern Tajikistan, to modernise its sewerage network and to reconstruct an old wastewater treatment plant that had fallen into disuse after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This cooperation follows two previous successful projects by the EBRD and SECO to improve the city’s water supply.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 17-23, 2014

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 10-16, 2014

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

  2. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions. August and September rains have improved ground conditions, although the rainy season is quickly coming to a close.

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First and only female demining team in Central Asia

The first ever female demining in Tajikistan was established this year and continues to attract attention from different agencies, governmental bodies, and the media.

NPA female manual demining team continues, along with their male colleagues, to contribute significantly in NPA land release operations along Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. They have now released around 70000sqm of landmine contaminated land and found and destroyed 777 antipersonnel mines.

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Monitoring and Early Warning in Tajikistan: Monthly Report - September 2014 [EN/RU]

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GENERAL TRENDS

NATURAL HAZARDS
In September, the likelihood of Emergency Situations (ES) caused by weather is small. Rain in valleys and snow in mountains are possible. Frost at high elevations and in lowland areas is probable.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Tajikistan Remote Monitoring Update September 2014

Near-average cereal harvest concluded in many areas

Key Messages

  • As of September 8, more than 711,000 metric tons (MT) of cereals had been harvested. The Ministry of Agriculture of Tajikistan expects a total 1.2 million metric tons (MMT) of cereals this year, slightly less than last year but similar to 2012.

  • Most areas will be able to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) between now and December (Figure 1) due to normal flow of food and income sources, including remittances.

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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Building the Analytical Base: A Summary of Results from Phase 1 of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience in Tajikistan

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience is a global initiative in nine countries and two regional programs in several countries—including Tajikistan—that face exceptional risks to climate change. The program helps put countries on a climate-resilient development path consistent with their poverty reduction and sustainable development goals. Tajikistan’s program is administered by ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank. It is being implemented in two phases and covers six priority investment areas.

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GIEWS Country Brief:Tajikistan 16-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate cereal production in 2014 is estimated to decrease

  • Wheat imports in the 2014/15 marketing year forecast to increase slightly

  • Wheat flour prices were stable in August

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015