Kazakhstan: Floods - Feb 2012
Quick snow melting and plentiful precipitation at the end of February and in March 2012 caused floods in the South-Kazakhstan region – the most densely populated region near the border with Uzbekistan. By 11 Mar, the floods spread to nine districts of the region (out of 11) affecting the population of more than 100 settlements. More than 3,820 evacuated people (660 families), who cannot return to their houses, found shelter with their relatives. According to the reports of the Ministry of Emergencies, 2,029 households and 14 public buildings (including three schools and four hospitals) were flooded in total. As a result, 14 houses, 28 outbuildings and 31 bridges were totally destroyed; 81 km of roads were washed out; 85 houses and 197 outbuildings were severely damaged and made uninhabitable. (IFRC, 3 Apr 2012)
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
Summary: CHF 175,704 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 February 2012 to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society in delivering assistance to some 4,000 beneficiaries and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Within the framework of the response operation, the Kazakhstan National Society carried out detailed needs assessment and prepared a list of the beneficiaries according to criteria agreed with community leaders, beneficiary representatives and the local authorities.
Period covered by this update: 27th February to 25th March 2012
Since November 2011, the region has received $8 million in humanitarian funding
In turn, the region has provided $1.3 million in humanitarian funding
National Red Crescent Societies respond to emergencies in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan
CHF 175,704 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 4,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: On 18-20 February, 2012 quick melting of snow and rainfall resulted in floods in South-Kazakhstan region. Flood waters inundated 26 settlements in 7 districts and suburbs of the regional centre city of Shymkent affecting more than 9,400 people.