Tajikistan: Extreme winter conditions DREF Operation MDRTJ016

Summary:

CHF 164,103 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,640 beneficiaries, partly 2,560 residents in 512 households, and partly 80 elderly and other people with special needs. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Due to extremely low temperatures followed by a heavy snowfall, eleven villages (Kuhnakurgan, Modiyon, Chechtube,Rangkul,Chichekdeh, Karakul, Tokhtamish, Shaimok, Alichur, Bashgunbez, Bulunkul) and Murgab, the district administrative centre, have been cut off from the rest of the country in the remotest area of Tajikistan – Murgab District in the mountainous area of Tajikistan. The temperatures reaching minus 35 to 55 degrees Celsius are life threatening to the most vulnerable people. The snow blast started on 20 January 2013, and since then it has continued snowing. The most affected places are Murgab District Administrative Centre and the villages in Alichur Jamoat, the remotest place in the district. Blocked roads, power shortages and broken communication lines made it almost impossible to reach the affected areas. The Provincial Government and the local department of the Committee of Emergency Situation have officially requested the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan to support the affected population. Based on the official request from the local authorities, the Red Crescent Society's branch in the district conducted a rapid assessment involving local Disaster Committee members and RC staff. The preliminary results of the assessment confirm the deterioration of the situation with the population`s difficult access to heating sources, warm clothes and food.

With the support of the DREF operation the National Society intends to provide assistance to 512 households with 2,560 people who are the most affected and vulnerable, and also to further 80 people: elderly and those with special needs. The planned assistance includes heating fuel in the form of coal, candles, shovels, children's clothes, children's blankets and children's footwear to the 512 most affected households. Furthermore, the 80 other beneficiaries composed of elderly residents and people with special needs of Murgab district will receive a supplementary one-time distribution of food parcels. Some 168 blankets will be procured and warehoused at the Khorugh Emergency Response Centre according to Federation procurement procedures to replenish the already distributed blankets.

This operation is expected to be implemented over two months, and will therefore be completed by 7th April 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by 7th July 2013.