heavy rainfalls in March and April brought a lot of damages to the inhabitants
of Tajikistan. Various parts of the country were affected, with the worst
disruption in Panj district and Khuroson, both close to the Afghan border.
Tajik authorities reported 20 deaths; half of them children. Furthermore, some
200 homes were completely destroyed with many more severely damaged by the rush
of mud, water, and debris following the torrential rain.
say that the quantity of rainfall of last spring was one-and-a-half times
bigger than the usual monthly rate.
natural disaster, mudflows has not only damaged the houses, farms, and
displaced people; it has also destroyed roads, electricity lines, clinics, and
a citizen of Uyali village told Asia-Plus: “There was a
hard rain and hail followed by a great rumbling sound. When we went out
of our houses, I saw a huge mudflow moving towards us. People were screaming
and in rush of coming out of their houses. They tried to rescue their family
members, so did I”. In a very short time the village was covered with a thick
layer of mud. Fortunately, Khurshed was able to rescue his wife with the help
of his neighbors.
lot of Khuroson and Panj people were displaced to another district. The number
of displaced habitants is 1,900. They were provided with tent camps to set up
the Tajik government appealed for assistance, the United Nations reported on
June 1 that 1.3 million US dollars was needed urgently to help 15,000 people,
in particular to support with water and sanitation for 3,000 living people in
districts Khuroson, Pyanj, Qumsangir, Shahrinav, Rasht, Nurobod of
Khatlon province and Districts under direct republic rule (DDR) are affected
worst. The situation in Khuroson and Pyanj districts is particularly demanding,
as humanitarian organizations strive to respond to the needs of 440 households
displaced by the floods and mudflows that caused complete destruction of five
villages. The displaced 3,000 people are sheltered in three tent camps provided
by the government. Besides, the government of Tajikistan has provided the
victims with transport and other needed things to relocate the people to safe
places. In addition to that, government has provided 24/7 medical teams for
each of the camps and supported food rations the displaced families.
government has allocated single payments of 500-1500 Tajik Somoni ($110-330)
supplemented by 2,000-5,000 Tajik Somoni ($430-$1,100) payments through the
state insurance company to each of the affected households depending upon the
level of damage sustained.
many displaced families, particularly those in Pyanj have not received any of
those payments yet. The
total cost is estimated at 100 million dollars, around four times the damage
caused by flooding and mudslides last year.
victims of Khorosan have recently received humanitarian assistance of around
15, 000 Somoni from Tajiks living in the Ukraine. They helped with flour, oil,
children’s wear and blankets. Moreover,
they mentioned that they will give more humanitarian aid to the victims of
Khoroson in the near future.
humanitarian assistance has started supporting the victims since June 1st
and it will continue until November 31st 2009. Concerted efforts
will be made to mobilize funding for longer-term programs to address the
large-scale rehabilitation needs emanating from this disaster.
most recent estimates indicate that 12,000 people have been affected by the
floods in 40 districts leading to displacement of some 3,000 people and death
of 20 individuals. More than 2,000 residential and administrative buildings
have been partially or fully damaged.
Committee of Emergency Situations (CoEs) has been leading the response to the
ongoing emergency supported by local governments (Hukumats) and
international organizations in Tajikistan. The government has provided tents,
transport and human resources to relocate people to safe area and set up three tent
camps: two in Khuroson and one in Pyanj districts.
Government of Tajikistan is compiling a list of those who are in need of
assistance in many small and remote communities with fewer destroyed houses.
For Khuroson district the government has committed funds to rebuild 110 houses
and requested external assistance for partial and full reconstruction of 330 other
houses. In addition, government has allocated 61.5 hectares of new land in safe
locations for affected population. Each family is expected
to be provided with 0.10 hectares of land for construction of new
houses. The government plans to expedite the relocation of displaced population
of all three tent camps in Khuroson and Pyanj districts as soon as possible.
Thanks for the Government of
Tajikistan and other International Organizations that delivered the
humanitarian assistance to the affected people immediately. And I hope that the
Tajik authorities and International Organizations won’t leave the affected people
in the tent camps before the cold winter arrives.