Tajikistan: Floods and Mudslides OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


This report was issued by RDRA Office for Central Asia, based on information provided by Tajik disaster management coordination system (REACT) and the UN Resident Coordinator Office. It covers the period of 15- 21 May 2009. The next report will be issued on or around 30 of May.


- Tajik government appeals for international assistance to respond to multiple floods and mudflows affecting various parts of the country, including capital Dushanbe;

- Heavily rains and mudflows have affected 40 districts resulting in estimated damage of $100 million and depleting available government resources;

- The worst affected area is Khuroson district of Khatlon province where almost 3,000 people are displaced;

- The risks of further floods and mudflows remain high.

II. Situation Overview

Prolonged and heavy rains over the last month have caused multiple floods and mudflows that affected 40 districts and towns throughout Tajikistan with worst affected districts in Khatlon province. According to government estimates, more than 2,000 buildings (houses & social facilities) have been destroyed or severely damaged and 15,000 people directly affected of them 10,000 are displaced. More than 28 people are reported killed by these disasters including 10 children. The damage to transport and agricultural infrastructure includes completely or partially damaged 160 km of roads, 40 bridges and 150 km of irrigational canals. Government estimates the damage at $100 million with major losses in agricultural, infrastructure and residential sector. The worst affected area is Khuroson district in Khatlon province which has experienced two major mudflow episodes on April 21st and May 14th resulting in near complete destruction of four villages and displacement of 414 households (~3000 people). District hospital is heavily damaged along with administrative and social buildings. Some 305 of the displaced families are now sheltered in two tented camps near Uyali town (center of the disctrict). The rest of the displaced have been sheltered by friends and relatives in neighboring settlements. According to Committee o Emergency Situations the reported damage is expected to rise once assessments are completed in areas with difficult access.

On May 18th in the letter to the United Nations the government has appealed for international assistance referring to problems with reaching all affected areas, lack of adequate resources and budgetary constrains. The prevailing weather conditions remain unstable with more rains likely in the next few weeks.

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