The European Commission has approved a second Action Plan to help vulnerable populations in Central Asia prepare for and respond to natural disasters. The EUR 2.5 million will finance small-scale infrastructure projects to protect vulnerable groups from likely natural disasters, and will support activities that strengthen the capacity of local communities to predict, respond to and cope with disasters. Particular focus will be on disaster prone Tajikistan.
DUSHANBE, 7 July (IRIN) - With a landscape dominated by mountains, Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and landslides. Such disasters regularly create emergencies in the former Soviet Central Asian republic. As the country's Deputy Minister of Emergencies and Civil Defence, Abdurahim Radjabov faces daunting challenges with little resources in hand.
Appeal Target: CHF 6,705,034 (USD 4.96
million / EUR 4.3 million)
Period covered: January -- May 2003
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: N/A
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0094
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Tajikistan - Floods
Following talks in Dushanbe on 9 June with Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmonov, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lynn Pascoe told journalists that Washington will provide Tajikistan with an additional $10 million in aid to offset the financial losses caused by recent natural catastrophes, Russian news agencies reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 9 June 2003).
Uzbekistan has closed its border crossing to the Pendjikent region of Tajikistan in an attempt to prevent the possible spread of SARS, strana.ru reported on 7 June. Earlier, Uzbekistan closed the main border crossing between Tashkent and Khujand, describing the action as a measure against SARS. The report notes that no cases of SARS have been registered in Tajikistan, but the closing of the crossing point could prove dangerous if Tajik citizens choose to cross Uzbek minefields in order to enter Uzbekistan illegally.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0092
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Tajikistan - Floods
10 June, 2003
This situation report is based on information provided by the OCHA Office in Tajikistan as well as media sources.
ISLAMABAD, 9 June (IRIN) - Aid efforts were continuing on Monday after torrential rains swept through the Penjikent District of Tajikistan's northern Sughd province, killing at least three and leaving three missing over the weekend.
LONDON - At least three people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless in northern Tajikistan after hurricanes and heavy rainfall swept the region late last week, Russia's Itar Tass news agency reported on the weekend.
First Deputy Emergencies Minister Abdurahim Rajabov told Itar-Tass that about 700 houses, hundreds of administrative, cultural and social facilities and dozens of bridges were damaged in the agricultural region of the Central Asian country.
The government has declared the area a natural disaster zone, the report, picked up by the BBC's …
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
8 June 2003