Tajikistan: Flash floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Update n° 1 Operation (MDRTJ024)


Summary of major revisions made to the emergency plan of action:

Continuous heavy rains resulted in additional floods/mudflow countrywide. As of 18 May, floods/mudflow killed at least five persons and number of affected population increases to 2 550 families (17,800 people) and the scale of natural disasters covered almost half of the country. On May 23, 2016 the National Society decided to deploy the Regional Disaster Response Team from neighboring countries to support the them to conducting detailed assessment, to finalize procurement and planned non-food items distribution.

Outcomes of the planned activities will not change, however the RCST response capacity will be enhanced through the deployment of RDRT members for two weeks (June 05 to June 16, 2016) and the requested amount is CHF 5,000 to cover the RDRT members` expenditures.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the situation

Continuous rains throughout the country for the period of 16 - 18 May have resulted in the increase of water levels in several river basins, triggering additional floods. Since 9 May, the floods/mudflows have affected Aini, Asht, Guliston, Panjekent and Zafarobod, districts (Sughd Province), Baljuvon, Farkhor and Jaloliddin Balhi districts (Khatlon province), Nurobod, Rasht, Rogun, Rudaki, Sangvor and Tojikobod districts (Direct Ruled Districts) and Darvoz and Vanj districts (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast). As a result of floods/mudflow occurred since the beginning of disasters, number of affected districts were significantly increased and reached 16 districts, while at early begging there were 9 affected districts only.

On 16 May, in addition to four persons killed in Aini and Panjekent districts, the mudflow killed a resident of Qalai Surkh Jamoat of Rasht district, tallying the number of casualties to six persons. While Panjekent and Rudaki remain to be the most affected districts, where there is a significant humanitarian need in many sectors, other districts where the floods/mudflow have occurred resulted in damages to some households, roads, bridges, local agriculture and livelihoods.
Government-led damage and needs assessment results started to unfold. As of 18 May, the otal number of residential houses with structural damages caused by floods/mudflow in Aini and Panjekent district stands at 7 houses, out of which 2 are destroyed (Aini), and 21 houses, out of which 15 are destroyed (Panjekent). In addition, at least 132 heads of livestock (cows, sheep, horses) got killed in these two districts.

Emergency Plan of Action operation update Tajikistan: Flash floods Such figures for Rudaki District – one of the most affected by the 12 May floods/mudflow - are yet to be provided. The Government figures on number of houses fully or partially damaged may reduce significantly in comparison to estimated number of houses affected and people in need of assistance as identified by REACT.

While Government-led assessment mainly focuses on actual damages caused to residential infrastructure, REACT assessment processes complement this by looking at actual humanitarian needs caused by the disaster (damage to livestock, food, water supply systems, latrines, non-food items, etc.)
As per REACT situation report #2 some 2,550 households are potentially and 17,800 people are estimated as in need of assistance.

Summary of current response Overview of Host National Society Update here the action already taken by the National Society to respond to the disaster.

Starting from 12 May, the RCST has deployed its 24 staff and 48 volunteers (which includes three members of the RCST National Disaster Response Team, 48 Local Disaster Committee members/volunteers, the Disaster Management Officer for Sughd province and three district branch staff) to assist affected people in nine districts of the country. Mobilized RCST staff and volunteers are directly involved to conduct rapid assessment, provision of psychosocial support and rendering of first aid (based on the needs) and to help the affected people during the evacuation from the affected area to schools, mosques and neighbouring villages.