Summary: Kyrgyzstan experienced the harshest winter with unusually low temperatures, heavy snowfalls throughout 2011 and 2012 and high precipitation, which exceeded the annual average by 2 – 2,5 times according to the Hydro Meteo Service of Kyrgyzstan. Snow melting and heavy rains caused mudflows and flash floods across Kyrgyzstan. Food stocks, home properties, livelihoods and infrastructure have been heavily damaged. Series of mudflows occurred on the territory of Naryn, Osh, Jalalabad and Batken regions including remote districts throughout April. The most destructive flash floods were in Osh, Batken and Jalalbad during the period of April 23 to April 29, 2012. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations a total of more than 2,300 households were affected in Osh, Batken, Jalalabad and Naryn.
The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan (RCSK) has been active in response activities since early April through its provincial and district Branches. The National Society National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) members and local disaster committees (LDC) were deployed to conduct situation assessment, render first aid, prepare distribution lists according to agreed criteria with local authorities and provide humanitarian aid to 161 households (805 people) in Batken Region and Osh Region with non-food items from the pre-positioned disaster preparedness stocks in its Emergency Response Centres (ERC) in Osh and Batken.
The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan intends to provide support to a total of 1,001 households (over 5,000 people). This figure includes provision of support to 840 households (4,200 people) and replenishment of the Red Crescent disaster preparedness stock in Batken and Osh ERCs that have already been distributed to support 161 households (805 people).
This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by the end of July 2012. A final report will be made available by the end of October 2012.