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2015 Murgab Earthquake: In Depth Assessment Report (July 2016)

UNCT Tajikistan
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Following the 2015 Murgab earthquake a decision was made to conduct an in depth assessment with the involvement of REACT members. The Murgab Earthquake In Depth Assessment was conducted by REACT members, i.e. Focus Humanitarian Assistance, World Food Program (WFP), the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan and UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management Programme (DRMP), in coordination with OCHA and UNICEF. This report documents the development of the assessment, the field work involved, assessment data results and issues for consideration in future in depth assessments.

The field component of the assessment took place in Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) from 16 April to 5 May 2016 (see Annex A, Assessment Schedule). Preliminary results were circulated in mid-June. A public presentation and discussion of the assessment results was held on 28 June 2016 in Dushanbe, concurrent with a training on post disaster in depth assessment based on the Murgab field work. The final report was issued in July, 2016. Related discussions on improving post disaster loss, damage, impact and needs assessment procedures in Tajikistan occurred within REACT concurrent with the Murgab assessment. It is expected that lessons from the Murgab assessment detailed in this report will be used in efforts to improve post disaster assessments in Tajikistan.

Further information on the Murgab assessment, including the raw data collected, can be secured from the UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management Programme.