The FSD and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) have launched a mine action programme early this year. The Survey teams make excellent progress despite deteriorating weather conditions.
The training syllabus took place from the 14th August to the 11th September, which included:
- General & Technical Survey Techniques
- Demining Techniques
- EOD Techniques
- Medical courses
This was accomplished with the help of two visiting expatriates. On completion of their training packages both survey teams were deployed to the Central Region.
On the 2nd of September the General Survey team (team 1) deployed to Tavildara; working from a remote demining camp they deployed to the surrounding territories conducting General survey operations.
By the 20th October they had completed the General survey of Tavildara and Sagirdasht, Gorno Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBOA).
During the course of the survey the teams accomplished the following:
- 70 settlements visited / revisited
- 4800 km roads covered
- Identification of 7 mined areas
- Identification of 7 UXO contaminated areas
- Discounting of previously reported mined areas, which is an estimated 124 km of road and 29 km2 of land
After completing their operations in Tavildara area Team 1 re-deployed to the Rasht valley.
The EOD / Technical survey team (team 2) continued training up until the 11th September after which they deployed to the Rasht valley.
With both teams deployed to the Rasht valley they made excellent progress despite the deteriorating weather conditions, operating in areas as far East as the village of Karamik close to the border with Kyrgyzstan.
During these operations the teams achieved the following results:
- 135 settlements surveyed
- 5531 kilometers roads covered
- 7 mined areas identified
- 8 UXO contaminated areas identified
The teams are now in Dushanbe carrying out post deployment administration, which includes the collation and translation of the IMSMA Survey forms prior to the information being handed over to the Tajik Mine Action Cell (TMAC) for entry on to the IMSMA database. This administration period coincides with the arrival of a trainer from the GICHD who is setting up the database and instructing members of the TMAC in its use.
This week another FSD expatriate will arrive in Tajikistan; his task will be to visit all of the sites that are contaminated with UXO that have been identified by the survey teams and dispose of these items. The Technical Advisor and the National Operations Officer working in close cooperation, coordinating Explosive Ordnance Disposal tasks with a survey task that it has now become possible to carryout with the relevant maps being made available.
Teams 1 & 2 working with reduced manpower will deploy to Labijar and survey all settlements heading West towards Dushanbe.
A decision will be taken at this time, whether the teams will redeploy to Tavildara to conduct Technical survey operations. This will depend entirely on the road and weather conditions, reported by the Operations Officer and the International Technical Adviser; however it is very unlikely that this will be possible.
FSD Programme Manager