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29 Jul 2015 description

GENEVA / DUSHANBE (29 July 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, Léo Heller, will visit Tajikistan from 4 to 12 August 2015 to assess the country’s achievements and remaining challenges in realizing the human rights to water and sanitation.

29 Jul 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

SEVERITY OF THE CRISIS

In July 2015, mudflows caused by melting of glaciers and heavy rainfall killed at least seven persons, affected more than 7,000 persons, displaced more than 1,000 persons and significantly damaged key infrastructure. Most affected are the Region of Republican Subordination and GornoBadakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The capacity of many affected communities were already overstretched before the mudflows, which has severly limited their coping mechanisms. To date, several communities are still living in isolation.

28 Jul 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

High temperatures and the rapid melting of snow and glacier ice between 1 – 22 July 2015 triggered mudflows and floods in the mountainous regions of Tajikistan. According to preliminary assessments, the abrupt increase of air temperature in many mountainous areas of Tajikistan intensified the glaciers` melting and caused floods as well as water level increase in nearby rivers.

28 Jul 2015 description

Tajikistan - Unusually high summer temperatures in Tajikistan have caused severe glacial melt, resulting in mudflows and flooding.

Among the worst affected areas is Shughnon district in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), a remote and mountainous area bordering Afghanistan.

Over 50 houses have been destroyed, resulting in 620 people seeking refuge in the Manem camp and Manem School shelter. Structural damage to roads and bridges has made the relief effort more challenging.

28 Jul 2015 description
report World Bank

The numbers are grim, especially on maternal and child health. Women and children in Tajikistan face higher rates of malnutrition than women and children in other Central Asian countries and the South Caucasus. And babies are threatened, as well; acute infection is the leading cause of death for newborns and preventable illnesses play a part in a considerable proportion of all child deaths.

Basic preventative care is often hard to come by. For example, over 50 percent of the country's 5 year olds are iodine deficient. And about 21 percent have stunted growth.

28 Jul 2015 description

Flood season began in April in Tajikistan, but this year Malika, 51, mother of six, was ready to protect her village. As water and mud began flowing down the hills that surrounding her village of Shokhindoz in the Rasht Valley, Malika organized a team of fifteen women and two men on a three-day operation to block the flow and save the only road that connects them to the rest of the world.

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28 Jul 2015 description

Key Highlights:

  • One person killed, and 842 people were displaced as a result of mudflow in Rasht and Tajikabad Districts;

  • Preliminary number of fully destroyed houses in Rasht is 72 and partially damaged is 56;

  • A mudflow on 24 July fully destroyed 6 houses and partially damaged 4 houses in Tajikabad District;

  • At least 4,000 people do not have electricity supplies and access to water supply system due to damages to existing systems in Rasht and Tajikabad districts.

27 Jul 2015 description

Government says it is mobilising aid but villagers say more is urgently needed.

Flood-hit villagers in a remote, high-mountain region of Tajikistan say their government has been too slow in responding to devastating floods that have left many areas cut off.

Ten people have died, and many others have lost their homes in flooding and mudslides in the Badakhshan region in the southeast of the Central Asian state.

25 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • High temperatures and melting snow have resulted in mudslides in GBAO and Rasht Regions of Tajikistan, and further communities are being affected as the situation evolves;

  • 16 July 2015 mudflow affected several villages, some 25 km east of Khorog, GBAO, with more than 55 households and local infrastructure suffering significant damage;

  • On 20 July 2015, approximately 60 households and local infrastructure have been significantly damaged in Garm, Rasht;

24 Jul 2015 description

GENERAL TRENDS

NATURAL HAZARDS

In July 2015, according to long-term observations, there is a risk of an emergency caused by high temperatures, mudflows and rise of water levels in the basins of the Panj, Vakhsh, Zarafshon, Isfarinka, Varzob, Gund, Shirkent, Karatogh, Khanaka, Kofarnihon, Syr Darya Rivers in July 2015.

WEATHER

24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

22 Jul 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2016

20 Jul 2015 description

DUSHANBE -- Mud slides and floods caused by rains and melting glaciers destroyed almost 60 houses, trade and cultural facilities, electricity lines, and an irrigation system in Tajikistan's eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan over the last few days.

The latest mud slide on July 19 cut the flow of the Gund River and damaged some parts of a local village. The operations of two local power plants were suspended as a result of the floods.

20 Jul 2015 description

Key Highlights:

  • A16 July mudflow as a result of snow melting due to high temperatures blocked the current of Gund River creating an artificial lake.

  • No casualties or human loss reported as of 18 July 2015. Water, food and non-food items are among the highest priority needs for about 1,100 affected people.

  • Over 80% of the communities in whole of GBAO do not have electricity due to infrastructure damages.

20 Jul 2015 description

Situation Overview

A mudflow affected Barsem and Kolkhozobod villages of Shughnan District,
GBAO on July 16, 2015. The mudflow was triggered by high temperature and rapid snow and glaciers melting and caused a very significant damage to infrastructure and households in 2 villages. The mudflow blocked Gund river and a lake is founded in Kolkhozobod village currently.

16 Jul 2015 description
report UN News Service

16 juillet 2015 – L'Union européenne et l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO) ont lancé un nouveau partenariat visant à renforcer la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, l'agriculture durable et la résilience dans au moins 35 pays.

16 Jul 2015 description

Aide aux pays partenaires et aux organismes régionaux pour élaborer des politiques plus énergiques

16 juillet 2015, Addis-Abeba – L'Union européenne et la FAO ont lancé un nouveau partenariat visant à renforcer la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, l'agriculture durable et la résilience dans au moins 35 pays*.

16 Jul 2015 description

Partner countries and regional bodies will receive support to develop stronger policies in these crucial sectors

16 July 2015, Addis Ababa - The European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at least 35 countries*.