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Tajikistan: Counterpart and US government help flood victims

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Severe flooding in Tajikistan leaves thousands stranded

TAJIKISTAN (August 26, 2005) -- Counterpart International responded to thousands of people stranded or affected by the floods in this Central Asian nation. Even young local Scout troops lent a hand to deliver and distribute food and clothing to the affected population last month.

In the wake of severe flooding in the Mirasaiid Alii Hamadoni district of Tajikistan, Counterpart International delivered more than US$40,000 of humanitarian assistance to local residents. The Tajik Ministry of Health had requested the donation, warning that 4,500 people were affected by the flooding in the district.

Donations included hundreds of boxes of daily rations, and more than $34,000 worth of clothing funded by the US government and delivered by Counterpart's Community and Humanitarian Assistance Programs (CHAP), helped by the local Khukumat, the Munis NGO and the Scouts Association of Tajikistan.

Thomas H. Armbruster, Chargé d'Affaires for the US Embassy in Dushanbe joined Counterpart representatives to present the shipment. In mid-August, CHAP also delivered humanitarian assistance to affected people in the Penjikent district.

The humanitarian aid project is implemented by Counterpart International's Community and Humanitarian Assistance Programs and funded by the US Government as a part of its assistance and support to vulnerable groups in Tajikistan.