Tajikistan: Snowfall & Floods Information Bulletin No. 2
This Bulletin No. 2/2005 is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time. Any change in this will be detailed in a later bulletin.
Numerous snow showers that started on 1 February 2005 are still continuing in several areas. In some mountain areas more than two metres of snow have fallen. The affected areas, which were cut off a week ago, are now passable to traffic. In the mountain areas surrounded by steep slopes, over a hundred avalanches have come down into populated areas. Thousands of people have been reportedly affected. Some schools, health facilities and private houses have been damaged because of heavy snowfalls. The following reports have been received from Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) rayon branches:
Nurobod rayon: According to Nurobod RC branch, on 10 February 2005, the road to Mujikharf Jamoat and to the village Degdonak was only partially cleared, so assistance from the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST), Central Asian Development Agency (CADA) and the Ministry of Emergency (MoE) has not still reached the affected population. 2,800 people were evacuated to safe areas.
Merlin has distributed drugs and medical supplies in the village. There is no need for more doctors at present as there are no outbreaks of disease. Merlin has also distributed blankets and clothes to the families in Degdonak village. UNDP has provided five tonnes of fuel to Hukumat (local authorities) of Nurobod rayon for cleaning roads. The fuel was dispatched from Dushanbe on 9 February 2005.
On 10 February 2005, the Tavildara RC rayon branch reported that 39 houses were destroyed. The information from Childara and Sangvor Jamoats is not available because the roads are blocked and there is no communication.
Although it continues to snow, the road to Tavildara is open. MoE reports that on 7 February 2005 a building collapsed due to heavy snowfall. Almost all villages are cut off from the district centre.
On 8 February 2005, the RCST disaster preparedness (DP) coordinator conducted assessment in Rogun city. The results are the following:
Sangova village - two private houses collapsed, more than 2.5 metres of snow; Obi Garm village - four private houses collapsed; Tutak village - two private houses and one farm collapsed; Kandak village - one school is destroyed, the height of the avalanche is 10 meters.
All roads connecting the villages are blocked, so there is no communication. Lugur village is cut off. In total 120 people were affected, who are in need of blankets.
On 8 February 2005, the RCST disaster management (DM) department jointly with the World Food Programme (WFP) organized an assessment of needs and damage in two districts (Miskinobod and Qalai Dasht) of Fayzabad rayon. The assessment revealed that in total 2,032 people were affected, 352 houses and state structures were damaged or destroyed. For detailed information please see the following:
Destroyed - 17 houses;
Damaged - 234 houses (roofing); People affected - 170 persons
In addition, the roofs of school No. 26, maternity hospital, medical posts in Fathobod and Gulteppa villages, youth centre and livestock farm were damaged;
Qalai Dasht district:
Destroyed - 14 houses;
Damaged - 78 houses (roofing damaged); People affected - 150 persons;
The roofs of health centre, school No. 57 and livestock farm were damaged.
The 31 most affected families, whose houses were destroyed by the snowfall, were evacuated to safer areas (including living with their relatives or neighbours). Current needs are food for 245 families (2,032 people); clothing; tents; bed-linen for 31 families; construction materials for destroyed roofs; and fuel for the rayon Hukumat to clear the roads.
Red Crescent action
On 10 February 2005, the RCST provided the following assistance to 320 people in Faizabad rayon:
Synthetic blankets - 186 pcs
Woollen blankets - 93 pcs
Hygiene kits - 31 pcs
Clothes - 320 pcs
The RCST continues to conduct assessments in the area together with other NGOs and the Ministry of Emergency.
For further information please contact:
The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan, email: email@example.com, phone number: 992372 24 03 74, fax number: 992372 24 53 78
Geneva secretariat: regional officer Sylvie Chevalley, email: Sylvie.firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 41 22 730 4276.
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