Kazakhstan: Cold Wave - Dec 2012
Freezing temperatures reaching minus 40-46 degrees Centigrade hit Kazakhstan in December 2012: a cold spell covered the northern, eastern and central parts of the country. As a result of low temperatures and heavy snowfall there were power supply and hot-water supply cuts in various localities of the northern, eastern and central parts of the country. Over 5,000 people – stranded truck drivers, residents, homeless people and street children – were affected by severe frosts and the resulting hot-water pipe and electricity systems breakdowns and heating interruptions in these geographic areas. (IFRC, 15 Jan 2013)
Summary: CHF 158,584 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to 2,000 beneficiaries. Due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, however, the National Society revised its operational plans with a budget increase of CHF 111,586. The revised total budget for this operation amounted to a CHF 270,170.
Astana: The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has carried out a winter relief campaign for those affected by a cold wave and heavy snow that hit a number of cities in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
"RCA aid workers have provided relief assistance to a number of families affected by the cold wave in Kazakhstan, Naima Al Muhairi, Acting Deputy Secretary General for Relief and Projects at the RCA, said.
Al Muhairi added the RAC would coordinate with Kazakh official authorities to ensure delivery of assistant to a large number of affected families.
Donors give US$4.4 million in multilateral aid to the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Countries in the Caucasus give $155,000 in aid also through multilateral channels.
IFRC allocates DREF funding to respond to small-scale emergencies in Kazakhstan and Georgia.
Tajikistan Consolidated winter assistance plan for earthquake-affected populations 2012 seriously underfunded.
During the past week, above-average temperature prevailed across much of Central Asia, with the largest positive anomalies ranging between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius throughout western Turkmenistan to eastern Kazakhstan. Higher than average temperatures are expected to continue in the region during the next week. However, minimum temperature is still forecast to fall below -20 degrees Celsius over the higher elevations of Central Asia.
Period covered by this update: 26th December 2012 to 14th January 2013.
Summary: CHF 158,584 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent in delivering immediate assistance to 2,000 beneficiaries. Due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, however, the National Society has revised its operational plans with a budget increase of CHF 111,586. The revised budget for this operation amounts to a total of CHF 270,170.
Abu Dhabi, 8 Jan. 2013 (WAM) - In line with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the follow up of Gen. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Authority has ordered the dispatch of emergency relief aid to the people affected by the extreme cold wave in Kazakhstan.
During December, temperatures averaged below normal over much of Central Asia. A significant decrease in temperatures occurred during the middle period of the month, with a departure from the average exceeding -8 degrees Celsius across northern Central Asia. During the next week, a slightly warmer than average weather is forecast in northern Kazakhstan, while well below normal temperatures are expected across central and northeastern Afghanistan.
- High food prices driven by high import prices due to harvest failures in Kazakhstan and high fuel costs remain the main food security concern. The price of wheat flour increased by 26 percent compared with the fall last year and fuel prices remain as high as in 2011, when they reached the record high levels.
- Despite increasing food prices, the food security situation has generally improved compared to previous years. Impacts have been mitigated through record levels of remittances and a favourable agricultural season in Tajikistan.
CHF 158,584 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay the DREF assistance are encouraged.