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

Situation Report
Originally published


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. A state of emergency was declared in the regions of Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar, with more than 50 settlements affected. Road infrastructure including bridges were damaged, livestock killed and electricity and water supplies disrupted.
In Karaganda region alone, five districts were affected: more than 1,700 houses in 35 settlements were flooded with the total number of affected people making 12,670.

Over 11,000 people were evacuated from their homes, two senior citizens died. Several evacuated people were housed in schools, hotels, hostels and mosques but most of them found shelter with their relatives. At the end of April, people started getting back to their homes in the affected areas.
According to the results of the further government assessment in Karaganda region, 2,107 families were affected, 449 houses were found unfit for habitation, out of them 148 in the most hit G. Mustafin settlement. The construction of new houses started in May and was completed in October, with the first houses finished in the beginning of June.

The water drew back from the flooded territories at the beginning of May. This allowed the National Society to carry out a detailed needs assessment in the most affected areas. Based on the results of the needs assessment, the Red Crescent Society revised the operational plan: additional relief items (kitchen utensils) were included in the distribution plan at the expense of bed linen sets, the number of which was reduced.