Kyrgyzstan: Earthquake - May 2017
On 3 May 2017, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude occurred in northern and central-northern Tajikistan near the border with Kyrgyzstan (at a depth of 10 kms), with the epicenter being 120 kilometers away from the city of Batken and 192 kilometers from the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. Several aftershocks occurred on the same and the following days, with another strong earthquake of 5.8 magnitude registered in the same area on 5 May 2017 (at a depth of 10 kms). While there were, fortunately, no human fatalities in Kyrgyzstan, the earthquakes resulted in severe damages of infrastructure, including educational and health facilities and houses in the district of Chong Alay of Osh province as well as the district of Kadamjai in Batken province. (IFRC, 16 May 2017)
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ACTED has completed a six-month project to provide material assistance to vulnerable families affected by the 2017 earthquake in Chong-Alai District. The project built upon the success of a previous intervention to address the needs of people affected by the earthquake.
On 3 July 2018, ACTED launched a 6-months project entitled “Delivery of construction materials for reconstruction with engineer supervision and advice to vulnerable populations affected by the May 2017 Chong-Alay earthquake in Southern Kyrgyzstan.” Funded by the Swiss Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic , the project builds upon ACTED’s intervention following the 2017 earthquake in Chong-Alay district, Osh region.
Chong-Alai is a district of Osh region, in south-west Kyrgyzstan, at the Tajik border.
Chong-Alai from Osh, via a tortuous road over three passes at an altitude of over 3,000 meters. Chong-Alai is well-known in Kyrgyzstan for its beautiful mountains. Yet, people in Chong-Alai also experience harsh living conditions and poverty.
Cities across Central Asia experienced catastrophic seismic shocks throughout the 20th century. For example, Tashkent – the most populated city in Central Asia today – was razed to the ground by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1966, with over 300,000 people reportedly losing their homes. Turkmenistan’s capital city of Ashgabat was severely impacted by a 7.3 quake in 1948, with thousands of deaths reported.
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The three organizations will allocate in total up to USD 340’000 to provide shelter assistance to highly vulnerable earthquake-affected households in Chong Alai district of Osh oblast, to train local masons on affordable para-seismic construction norms and techniques, as well as to provide legal assistance to help the affected households claim their housing, land and property rights and access affordable and reliable insurance.
Bishkek, 26th May 2017 – In response to two powerful earthquakes which struck Kyrgyzstan in early May, the European Commission is making available close to € 165 000 (moreover 12 million KGS) to provide emergency assistance to the most affected families. The aid will directly benefit 2 750 people in one of the heavily-hit districts of Chong Alay in the southern Osh region.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster