Tajikistan – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Strike Sughd Region

At least 12 people have died after being swept away by floods and mudslides in Tajikistan.

Flooding and mudslides swept through villages in several districts of Sughd Region on 19 July 2021 after heavy rainfall, according to the country’s Committee of Emergency Situations (CoES).

Two people died, 15 houses and 3km of roads were damaged in the Yori jamoat (municipality) of Panjakent (also Penjikent) District. Livestock were swept away. In a separate incident 10 cattle herders lost their lives when mudslides swept over pasture areas near Kishtudak village in Panjakent.

Meanwhile bridges, roads, power lines and water infrastructure were damaged by floods in Ayni district. Eight houses and several vehicles were also damaged but no casualties were reported. Material damage including dozens of houses was also reported after floods in Devashtich and Mastchoh districts.

At least 14 people lost their lives after heavy rain triggered flash flooding and mudslides in Tajikistan and northern areas of neighbouring Afghanistan in May this year.

Warnings of Glacial Floods and Mudflows

According to the Committee for Emergency Situations, glacial mudflows are expected in some districts of Sughd region and western areas of the country until 25 July.

Floods and mudslides Tajikistan July 2021. Photo: CoES Tajikistan