Torrential Rains Trigger Flooding, Mudslides in Tajikistan
Relief operations are underway in Tajikistan following flooding and landslides (occurring May 11-13) that affected more than 1,700 people (ReliefWeb/IFRC). Rapid assessments have identified shelter, food, hygiene and sanitation, and drinking water among the most urgent needs. Reports indicate that most of the houses in the affected districts were heavily damaged and uninhabitable. Damage to roads, bridges, agricultural fields, and schools has also been reported.
Widespread light to heavy rainfall across Central Asia has also affected areas of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan over the past week (CPC). Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next week, increasing the potential for flash flooding in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RVA Country Profile: Tajikistan
As government and volunteer organizations work to respond to the needs of the affected population in Tajikistan’s Khatlon Province, PDC’s Global Risk and Vulnerability Index assesses the susceptibility of the country to damaging effects of a hazard, based on pre-event conditions, via the Vulnerability Index.
This Week in Hazards
- Guinea and Sierra Leone saw an uptick in Ebola cases, with 35 new cases reported over the past week (CIDRAP). The recent localized “flare-ups” have been linked to unsafe burial practices. A response team has been deployed by the WHO to reinforce teams currently working in the field (UNMEER). Liberia was declared “free of Ebola virus transmission” by the WHO on May 9 (WHO).
- Although some parts of Hispaniola have received a slight increase in rain, overall the effects of persistent abnormal dryness remain in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (CPC). Recently planted crops are expected to fail, and concerns regarding domestic water availability have also been raised. According to reports, the lack of adequate rainfall (since 2014) has left the Dominican Republic facing one of the worst droughts in 20 years (Redhum).
- Salgar Municipality in the Antioquia Department of Colombia declared a “state of public calamity” following a landslide on May 18 (ECHO/PAHO). As of May 19, an estimated 18,000 people had been cut off from water and sanitation services.
- Reports from China indicate that adverse weather conditions have affected more than 6,600 people (ReliefWeb). Flooding (caused by heavy rainfall since May 15) has impacted 22 counties in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, as well as damaging crops.
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, United States (Central)
Severe Weather: United States (Texas, North Carolina), Malaysia, China
Earthquake: Nepal, Solomon Islands, Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia)
Drought: United States (Western, Southern), Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Angola, Namibia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Tonga, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, El Salvador
Biomedical: West Africa
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