Description of the disaster
Continuous heavy rains resulted in mudflows and floods countrywide between 1 and 7 June 2019. In total, 10 midscale mudflows and floods had occurred throughout Tajikistan. 1,350 households (6,750 people) were heavily affected in Khatlon province (Vose, Farkhor, Temurmalik,
Pyanj and Khuroson districts), Sughd province (Devashtich, Isfara, Penjikent and Konibodom districts) and in Direct Ruled Districts (DRD) Rudaky and Fayzobod. At least 4 persons were killed in Khuroson, Penjikent and Pyanj. The mudflows repeatedly hit the same locations (in Farkhor and Vose) on 6 June 2019. Around 650 households were evacuated to neighbouring villages into safe places i.e. schools, mosques and relatives’ houses. The Government commenced relief operations in all the affected districts and called for assistance from in-country humanitarian partners.
Based on the assessment by the National Emergency Response Commission in the affected areas, completed on 7 June 2019, the total number of residential houses with structural damages caused by mudflows and floods stands at 1,350 households in 1,000 houses , out of which 354 houses were heavily damaged and destroyed, 272 were partially damaged and another 374 houses were mudded. Mudflows and floods damaged and destroyed assets and stocks of the population (livestock, food, water supply systems, latrines, household items etc.), and also damaged auxiliary premises and land plots of the residential houses, including crops. Furthermore, infrastructure, such as roads and bridges connecting the villages, riverbank protections, as well as agricultural lands had been destroyed, increasing the humanitarian needs of the population. The Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defences under the Government of Tajikistan (CoES) called to scale-up the delivery of assistance. The Chairman of the CoES (co-chair of Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (REACT) called an extraordinary meeting on 7 June 2019 with several REACT partners to provide update on the situation and presented outstanding needs. Government-led damage and needs assessment continues in all the affected districts and is being compiled by the CoES.