A coordination unit was set up in Khorog (GBAO’s capital) between the Focus Humanitarian Assistance Program, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, local government bodies and other local and international interested parties.
Besides official institutions, the entire population of Khorog was involved in providing assistance to affected areas. Local volunteers in coordination with other parties have provided food, water and other necessities for the people who were evacuated to the temporary tented camps.
By Kirgizbek Kanunov (02/08/2015 issue of the CACI Analyst)
This summer, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) faced the brunt of a natural disaster which neither regional authorities, nor the central government in Dushanbe were prepared to handle. The months of July and August were particularly difficult for this part of eastern Tajikistan, which already struggles with a number of socio-economic issues such as unemployment, job-related emigration, endemic corruption and drug addiction.
As a result of the high temperatures in Tajikistan over the summer, particularly in mountainous areas where the rapid melting of glaciers triggered mudflows, local communities in GBAO have faced unprecedented hardship.
The first areas affected were the villages of Barsem and Kolkhozabad of the Shugnan District of eastern GBAO. Some 70 houses were partially or completely destroyed, roads washed away and power lines covered by the water. The mudflows caused considerable damage to buildings and infrastructure in these villages.
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