Kazakhstan – Houses Destroyed After Landslide in Almaty Region

Disaster authorities in Kazakhstan say at least one person has died after heavy rain caused a landslide in the Almaty Region.

Search and rescue operations in Tekeli, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, after a landslide on 15 May 2022. Photo: Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations reported a landslide struck in a residential areas of the city of Tekeli, Almaty Region on 15 May 2022. According to ministry sources, the landslide covered an areas 50 metres by 25 metres and buried several homes in mud up to 3.5 metres deep.

Two homes were completely destroyed and a nearby apartment building and roads were damaged. Emergency services carried out search and rescue operations involving over 80 personnel.

Heavy rain, combined with warmer temperatures and melting snow caused rivers to rise in other parts of the country last month. The Ministry of Emergencies reported flooding areas of the regions or provinces of Mangystau, West Kazakhstan, Aktobe, Akmola, Karaganda and Pavlodar from early April 2022. The ministry said 1,165 people were evacuated in total and around 270 buildings including homes were damaged by floods, along with transport infrastructure and agriculture.

Heavy rain triggered flooding in Saryagash and Kazygurt Districts in Turkistan Region on 24 April 2022. Around 70 buildings were damaged and 50 people evacuated.