Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Flash Floods Emergency Plan of Action DREF operation n° MDRKZ008

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A sudden rise of temperature in central and eastern Kazakhstan resulted in the fast melting of snow that caused floods on 8-9 April 2015. In some regions, the temperatures rose as high as plus 26 Celsius degrees. A state of emergency was declared in the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar, situated in the eastern and northern parts of Kazakhstan.

According to the governmental and local media reports, more than 50 settlements were affected. Due to the floods, several villages were destroyed and more than 12,000 people were evacuated. Besides, transportation infrastructure and bridges have been destroyed, livestock killed and the electricity and water supplies have been disrupted.

Five districts were affected in Karaganda region alone: the total number of the affected people is 12,670, and over 11,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since more than 1,700 houses in 35settlements have been flooded and damaged. Two unconfirmed deaths have also been reported in Karaganda region. Hundreds of people have been displaced in the other four affected regions as well.