Tajikistan: Earthquake - May 2012
A 5.7 Richter scale earthquake struck Rasht valley in the eastern part of Tajikistan on 13 May 2012. It affected three districts of Nurobod, Rasht and Tavildara (at least 33 villages), killing two and affecting more than 2,531 people. According to preliminary assessments, some 86 houses were destroyed and 276 damaged. Immediately after the earthquake, a rock fall occurred that has blocked and destroyed the highway. Due to the road blockage and problems with communication lines for a number of days, some 114 families were completely cut off. (IFRC, 22 May 2012)
Two crises in enclaves in Kyrgyzstan highlight longstanding problems.
Farmers in Armenia and Tajikistan bear the brunt of natural disasters, and disaster risk reduction efforts demonstrate success in areas where they were implemented.
Revised appeal for assistance to earthquake-affected people in Tajikistan remains only 37 per cent funded.
The annual report for the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2012 in Tajikistan was prepared together by the IFRC Country Representation in Tajikistan and the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan and highlights the top-line achievements and constraints during the reporting period. Below, the most significant events are highlighted, and a more detailed summary is provided throughout the report.
RCST manages disasters
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.
By Abdulfattoh Shafiev in Tajikistan
Five-year-old Mohira is still afraid to go outside in the mornings and is even too frightened to open the front door. The memory of a terrifying experience has stayed with her until today.
On 13 May 2012, a powerful 5.7 earthquake hit eastern Tajikistan; Mohira’s village was near the epicenter and the most affected. More than 200 homes were destroyed or damaged in the earthquake, leaving more than 2,000 people in need of shelter and immediate support.
Frequent small- to mediumscale disasters occurred throughout the region in 2012.
Humanitarian partners in Tajikistan seek $492,969 to help Rasht Valley earthquake-affected people.
Kyrgyzstan at risk of food and energy crisis.
Over 7,000 ethnic Armenians fled Syria in 2012, but not all are seeking refugee status.
Year in review: small emergencies add up
Building resilient communities in Tajikistan
Over 2 million at risk of food insecurity amid rising number of disasters
Summary: CHF 138,467 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan in delivering immediate assistance to some 558 households (3,348 beneficiaries), and to replenish already distributed items.
A 5.7 Richter scale earthquake hit Rasht valley in the east of Tajikistan early morning at 4:30 AM on 13 May 2012. According to the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence of Tajikistan (CoES), the earthquake killed two, and affected 1,591 residents of 30 villages in Nurobod, Rasht and Tavildara districts.
This document provides an update on the 13 May 2012 earthquake in Rasht Valley, Tajikistan and focuses on assessment reports covering:
- Winter weather needs of disaster survivors in Rasht Valley and relocation sites in southern Khatlon Province, and
- Gender, conflict and environmental issues at relocation sites in southern Khatlon Province
These assessments indicate significant outstanding needs or issues in the following areas:
In April – June 2012, the region received $15 million in humanitarian funding.
Figures on Uzbekistan’s and Tajikistan’s outgoing aid released by governments
Unusually high number of disasters hit the region
After a long winter, a series of disasters
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan hit by above-average number of disasters
Heavy rains, mudflows, floods, landslides, strong storms and hail can be expected in June. The risk of mudflows and floods is: High for the Pyanj (middle and lower reaches), Vakhsh (Khatlon), Kafirnigan (DRD), Varzob (DRD), Shirkent and Karatag (DRD) rivers.
Below average precipitation and temperatures near or above average are expected for June.
On 13 May 2012, a 5.7 Richter scale earthquake struck Rasht valley in the eastern part of Tajikistan. The earthquake affected at least 33 villages in the three districts of Nurobod, Rasht and Tavildara, claiming lives, and affecting more than 2,531 people. According to preliminary information, some 86 houses were destroyed and 276 damaged.
A rock fall occurred immediately after the earthquake. It blocked and destroyed the highway connecting the eastern part of the country cutting off some 114 families for a number of days.
A 5.7 Richter scale earthquake occurred on the night of May 13th, 2012 in the Rasht valley, central Tajikistan. The earthquake affected the three districts of Nurabad, Rasht and Tavildara (at least 12 villages), killing 2 and affecting an estimated of 1,591 people. On May 27th, at 21:24 another earthquake of 4 Richter scale occurred, with an epicenter 15 km north‐west from Tavildara district. Fortunately, earthquake did not cause any further causalities or damages to property.
A 5.7 Richter scale earthquake occurred on the night of May 13th, 2012 in the Rasht valley, central Tajikistan. The earthquake affected the three districts of Nurabad, Rasht and Tavildara (at least 12 villages), killing 2 and affecting an estimated 2,531 people - residents of the 86 destroyed and 276 damaged residential buildings.
Assessments are still underway (due to the isolated and mountainous area of the disaster) by the district-level Commissions on Emergency Situations and the damage information is still subject to change.
Mudflows, Avalanches, Floods and Earthquake
Increased and intense precipitations, weather temperature increase in lower elevations of the country at the end of April and throughout May have triggered numerous mudflows, floods and avalanches in different districts of the country. In addition, on May 13, 2012 an earthquake of 5,6 magnitude occurred with the epicenter in Rasht valley. Occurred disasters have caused number of causalities and major damages to private and social infrastructure and livelihoods of the population.
CHF 138,467 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 558 households (3,348 beneficiaries) in the forms of distributing non-food items and providing psychosocial support to these families. The National Society is planning to replenish the items that were already distributed.
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
A 5.7 Richter scale earthquake occurred on the night of May 13th, 2012 in the Rasht valley, central Tajikistan. The earthquake affected three districts of Nurabad, Rasht and Tavildara (at least 12 villages), killing 2 and affecting 2,531 (est.) people - residents of the 86 destroyed and 276 damaged residential buildings.
Assessment is still in progress by the district-level Commissions on Emergency Situations and the damage information is still subject to change.