Kazakhstan – 15,000 Evacuated as Melting Snow Causes Floods in 4 Regions

Higher temperatures during the last fews days of March, and then again from 06 April, have increased the melting of snow and caused widespread flooding in central and eastern Kazakhstan since 12 April 2015.

Local media say temperatures rose to around 20 degrees Centigrade. The rise in temperatures was accompanied by rainfall in some areas, increasing snowmelt further, and resulting in flooding in at least 4 regions.

The regions of Akmola, Karagandy, Pavlodar and East Kazakhstan have since declared a state of emergency.

The Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan report that 35 people had to be rescued and 14,790 people have been evacuated in total. Around 2,000 of the evacuees were soon able to return to their homes.

Karagandy region is thought to be the worst affected area after local rivers, including the River Nura overflowed. Floods across Karagandy have forced around 6,500 people from their homes. The Emergency Committee say that over 1,700 homes have been flooded in as many as 35 separate villages in the region.

Parts of Kyzylorda Oblast region in southern Kazakhstan suffered similar flooding in March 2014.

Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015. Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan
Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015.
Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan
Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015. Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan
Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015.
Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan
Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015. Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan
Snowmelt floods in Kazakhstan, April 2015.
Photo: Emergency Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kazakhstan