Kyrgyzstan: Extreme winter conditions DREF operation n° MDRKG009

Summary:

Since December 2012, Kyrgyzstan is experiencing unusually cold winter with heavy snowfalls and high precipitation level. According to the data obtained from the National Hydro-meteorological service, current temperatures are the lowest for last 76 years (since 1936). In the northern part of the country temperatures reached minus 30-35 degree Celsius. The National Hydro-meteorological forecast service predicts freezing cold weather in January 2013 and February 2013.

Due to power cuts, a number of households without access to electricity at one moment differs greatly from hundreds to thousands. There are power and gas cuts every day across the whole country, including Bishkek. Failure of energy sources affecting people’s living conditions and livelihoods.
On December 18, 2012 a state of emergency situation was claimed in Bishkek city.

The Kyrgyz Red Crescent (KRC) has been provided rapid needs assessment. The National Society National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) members visited affected districts conducted rapid assessment, met with population and authorities, including MoES and administrations of the affected districts. Besides that the KgRC is distributing warm blankets to the 1000 most affected population with the support of ICRC.

The results of the National Society rapid assessment reviled that in total approximately 1750 households affected and urgently need to be provided with humanitarian aid.

With support of DREF funds the Kyrgyz Red Crescent National Society intends to provide support to a total of 1,000 households (over 4,000 people) most affected population. This Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) figure includes provision of support 259 to elderly people living alone, 685 households with low income and without breadwinner (3000 people); and establishment of the Red Crescent disaster preparedness stock in Bishkek to support 250 households (1000 people) with non- food items.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by the end of March 2013. A final report will be made available by the end of June 2013.