Tajikistan: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

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 21- 31 May 2009. This is the last OCHA situation report on Tajikistan flood. Further situation updates will be provided by REACT team in Tajikistan at www.untj.org


- More than 12,000 flood affected people are still in need of urgent assistance;

- Water and Sanitation is the highest priority for 3,000 displaced in camps;

- Humanitarian partnership in Tajikistan (REACT) is appealing for $1.3 million to support 15,000 affected people, including the displaced;

- Bilateral assistance is beginning to arrive to Tajikistan.

II. Situation Overview

Prolonged and heavy spring rains in Tajikistan have resulted in multiple floods and mudflows in 40 out of 58 districts of the country. The districts of Khuroson, Pyanj, Qumsangir, Shahrinav, Rasht, Nurobod of Khatlon province and Districts under Direct Republic Rule (DDR) are the worst affected. The floods have displaced 440 households or 3,000 people sheltered in three tented camps and requiring humanitarian assistance. The most critical needs are in water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The affected communities are in urgent need of safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities as hot weather is compounding the situation. Staff of temporary health points established in the camps report a rising trend in cases of diarrhea among children. This is likely to worsen due to a lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities and an inadequate water supply, particularly in Pyanj camp.

Khatlon government have allocated a one time cash payments of 500-1500 somoni ($110-330) supplemented by 2,000-5,000 somoni ($430-$1,100) payments through the state insurance company to each of the affected households depending on the level of damage sustained. However, many displaced families, particularly those in Pyanj have not yet received payment. Government is in the process of compiling the list of affected people in the many small and remote communities.

For Khuroson district the government has committed funds to rebuild 110 houses and is requesting external assistance for partial and full reconstruction of 330 more. In addition, government has allocated 61.5 hectares of new land in a safe location for the affected population. Each family is expected to be provided 0.10 hectares of land for reconstruction of new houses. The government plans to expedite the relocation of the displaced populations of all three tented camps in Khuroson and Pyanj districts as soon as possible.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.