Tajikistan: Mudslides and Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRTJ005 Operations Update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


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Period covered by this Ops Update: 10 June to 20 July 2009.

Appeal target (current): CHF 892,624 (USD 806,936 or EUR 589,938)

Appeal coverage: 57 per cent on 22 July

Significant needs still remain unmet due to the low appeal coverage, therefore partners are encouraged to consider contributing to the relief efforts.

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 22 May 2009 for CHF 892,624 (USD 806,936 or EUR 589,938) for 6 months to assist some 4,320 beneficiaries (726 families).

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 157,347 was initially allocated on 23 April 2009 from the International Federation's DREF to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 750 people (150 families) affected by the mudslide and to replenish emergency stocks. Some 3,000 households were also targeted with hygiene promotion. An additional CHF 134,995 was allocated from the DREF on 12 May to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,160 people (232 families) affected by floods and to replenish emergency stocks. Up to 2,000 households were targeted with hygiene promotion activities.

The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found here

In line with the DREF procedures on the reimbursement of funds about 300,000 Swiss francs, treated as a loan, have been recovered by DREF.

Summary: The disaster response operation of the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan continued in the affected areas. The distribution of non-food items to all 726 families is completed in all planned areas as well as in the districts not included in this emergency appeal. Replenishment of the disaster preparedness stocks has started. The development of the situation, the living conditions and further needs of the affected population are monitored on a weekly basis.

In mid-June the second regional disaster response team (RDRT) took over from the first RDRT team and continued supporting the national disaster response team members and local disaster committees in the response operation. They visited those disaster-hit sites that have been left uncovered by the first RDRT team, conducted detailed field assessments and participated in the relief distributions. They also monitored the progress of the operation and the compliance with logistics standards such as proper bidding procedures. The deployment of RDRT members is a step towards the implementation of the regional contingency plan in Central Asia developed in 2007.

The International Federation on behalf of the Tajikistan Red Crescent Society takes this opportunity to thank those who contributed to the appeal.

The situation

In April-May 2009, as a result of heavy rainfall in various parts of Tajikistan flooding and mudslides killed 26 people, including 10 children and caused a huge damage to the national economy. The disasters reached more than 40 cities and towns throughout the country. According to government estimates, more than 2,000 buildings (houses and social facilities) have been destroyed or severely damaged and about 12,000 people directly affected. The damage to transport and agricultural infrastructure includes over 500 km of roads, 83 bridges and 260 km of irrigational canals completely or partially damaged.

The government has allocated 0.1 hectares of land (house lots) to displaced families in Khuroson and Pyandj districts for the construction of new houses. In addition, the government has committed to construct 132 houses with the support of state agencies and enterprises in Khuroson district. The houses will be constructed for those families, whose houses were completely destroyed, since this is considered the highest priority. Besides, the constructed houses will be provided with household utensils. Construction materials will be provided for the remaining (about 300) families in Khuroson district so that they build new houses. However, many displaced families, particularly those in Pyandj, have not yet received any assistance in the construction of houses on the new plots.

The 414 affected families from two tent camps in Uyali town (Khuroson district centre) were displaced to new places (land plots) provided by the government for house construction. By 20 July 75 per cent of the houses have been built. Construction materials were provided by local governments (hukumats) of 14 districts, subjects to the Khatlon province.

Additional 2.5 hectares of land have been allocated by the government for the construction of new schools in new settlements to be established in Khuroson district.