On January 1, 2008 three separate earthquakes, of which the largest one had a magnitude of 5.6 occurred in the South of Kyrgyzstan (40.346°N, 72.939°E), in a remote area some 30 kilometres from the city of Osh, causing damage to housing and infrastructure.
During the coordination meeting held on 8 January 2008, the Ministry of Emergency Situations informed that further assessments in the area found a total of 968 displaced families (approx. 5,300 people) that are in need of humanitarian assistance. They explained that assessments are still ongoing, specifically in settlements at higher altitude, which explains the revision of the figures.
A representative of USAID plus representatives from the Aga Khan Foundation are expected to arrive in Osh from Tajikistan on 8 January to join with the other ongoing assessment teams.