Likelihood of spring hazards deemed high
Tajikistanís Hydro-Meteorological Agency (Hydromet)
forecasts heavy rains and snow in the mountains for the month of March.
Precipitation might be up to twice the usual amount. The agency also says that
the snowpack recorded in areas feeding the Pyandj, Vakhsh, Varzob and Zeravshan
river basins is above the multi-year average. Hydromet
therefore warns that snow, rain and snowmelt may trigger various hazards over
the spring months. This includes avalanches in Anzob,
Shakhristan, Rasht and the western districts of Gorno-Badakhshan
Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and flash floods in Ayni, Khovaling, Muminabad, Sangiston and Vose.
already killed four people in the past weeks: two people in Shugnan
district and one boy in Ishkashim district of GBAO;
in the northern Sughd province, a Chinese citizen was
killed on 25 February when an avalanche hit the Shakhristan