Tajikistan: Earthquake DREF operation n° MDRTJ007 Update n° 3
Summary: CHF 95,705 was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 6 January, 2010 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 640 beneficiaries, and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
An additional DREF contribution of CHF 36,317 was allocated on 15 January to cover the revised plan of action, which was a result of the psychological effects of the disaster and its aftershocks, the increase of the number of fully destroyed houses from 98 to 162 (1,134 residents), and the total number of affected households to 958 (6,706 residents).
An earthquake on 2 January hit 23 villages and affected 958 households. At the early stage of the disaster people were evacuated to local mosques, schools or to neighbours and relatives.
The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan with support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) provided the 98 most affected households with non-food items as planned. Also winterized tents were distributed to the 50 most affected households in Vanj district centre and Gishkhun village. Construction materials were procured and sent to Vanj district for further distribution to 10 households. A psychosocial support workshop was also conducted for the Red Crescent staff and volunteers with the aim of establishing a team that can provide assistance to the affected families. In total, 140 most affected and vulnerable households (980 people) received psychosocial support by the members of the psychosocial support team.
This operation was implemented over four months as initially planned, and completed by 5 May, 2010. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 5 August, 2010).
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 44,630 and the Canadian government CHF 25,268 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The DREF allocation is already replenished by 75 per cent. The Turkish Red Crescent contributed EUR 5,000 directly to the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan. Details of all donors can be found on