UN officials in Tajikistan say that continuous heavy rain has resulted in additional floods and mudflow in several parts of the country.
Floods and mudflows first struck after heavy rain from 09 May. Between 11 and 12 may, thousands of homes were flooded in several villages near the capital, Dushanbe. Around 1,500 people were evacuated in Rudaky district. Mudflows in Aini and Panjekent, Sughd Province, left at least 4 people dead.
The situation has worsened after further heavy rain and the death toll now stands at five after a resident of Qalai Surkh Jamoat of Rasht district was killed in a mudflow on 16 May.
Over 2,500 households have been affected and an estimated 17,800 people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The UN report (PDF), carried out by the Rapid Emergency Assessment And Coordination Team (REACT), in Tajikistan, says:
“Since 9 May, floods/mudflows have affected Aini, Asht, Guliston, Panjekent and Zafarobod, districts (Sughd Province), Baljuvon, Farkhor and Jaloliddin Balhi districts (Khatlon province), Nurobod, Rasht, Rogun, Rudaki, Sangvor and Tojikobod districts (Direct Ruled Districts) and Darvoz and Vanj districts (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast).
“On 16 May, in addition to four persons killed in Aini and Panjekent districts, mudflow has killed a resident of Qalai Surkh Jamoat of Rasht district, tallying the number of casualties to five persons. While Panjekent and Rudaki remain to be the most affected districts, where there is a significant humanitarian need in many sectors, other districts where the floods/mudflow have occurred resulted in damages to some households, roads, bridges, local agriculture and livelihoods.”
The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan is working closely with the Governmental Emergency Commission and the UN agencies – REACT partners, to provide relief assistance to the most affected and most vulnerable households. At the same time, the RCST is coordinating its activities with the IFRC Secretariat’s Country Representation in Tajikistan, which is providing technical and financial support in carrying out the planned operation.
Afghanistan – Over 20 Dead After Floods in Sari Pul
The heavy rain that brought floods and mudflows to parts of Tajikistan has also resulted in flash floods in northern Afghanistan.
The floods struck on 18 May in the district of Kohistanat in Sari Pul Province. Quoting Zabihullah Amani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, Associated Press say that at least 20 people have been killed and 22 injured in the disaster that struck in the early hours while people were sleeping. Several houses were destroyed in the floods.
B - Panjakent
C - Revada, Aini district.
Elok River, Rudaki district - May 12 to May 14, 2016
Zebon River, Panjakent - May 9 to May 15, 2016