Kazakhstan – 7,000 Evacuated After Snowmelt Causes Floods in 7 Regions

Flooding has been reported in 7 regions of Kazakhstan over the last few days after snowmelt increased river levels across many parts of the country.

The country’s Committee for Emergency Situations said that 7,115 people have been evacuated in total after flooding in the regions of Akmola (around 2,000 evacuated), Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Karaganda (around 1,500 evacuated), Kostanay and North Kazakhstan (around 1,000 evacuated). At least 70 people had to be rescued from flood water.

Emergency teams have pumped flood water and erected temporary flood defence and also helped move livestock to safe areas.

The Committee for Emergency Situations says that around 1,500 homes have been damaged, plus some public buildings including a school.

Emergency situations have been declared in Aktobe (Aktobe region), Gabit Musrepov district in North Kazakhstan region and Beskaragay district of the East Kazakhstan region.

Melting snow caused similar flooding in Kazakhstan during April 2015 when at least 15,000 people were evacuated.

Temporary flood defences in Kazakhstan, April 2017. Photo: Committee for Emergency Situations, Kazakhstan
Flood evacuations in North Kazakhstan, April 2017. Photo: Committee for Emergency Situations, Kazakhstan