Tajikistan: Climate Change Imperils Mountain Dwellers | EurasiaNet

Extensive flooding across Tajikistan this summer has highlighted a need to implement measures that can better protect at-risk communities. Many mountain villages are ill-equipped to deal with the climate chaos that scientists believe is awaiting as temperatures rise and glaciers in Central Asia melt.

A flash flood carrying tons of mud and debris tore down this valley, washing away the homes and belongings of around 80 families in the Tajik village of Barsem. Abnormal weather patterns, possibly due to climate change, and the dangerous consequences are highlighting how many rural communities are ill-equipped to deal with the climate chaos. (Photo: EurasiaNet)
A flash flood carrying tons of mud and debris tore down this valley, washing away the homes and belongings of around 80 families in the Tajik village of Barsem. Abnormal weather patterns, possibly due to climate change, and the dangerous consequences are highlighting how many rural communities are ill-equipped to deal with the climate chaos. (Photo: EurasiaNet)

Meteorological authorities in Tajikistan say summer temperatures have been anomalously high for the best part of the last decade. Barsem residents spoke in unison about the intensity and duration of the weather in early July, leading to a confluence of events that resulted in the flash flooding.

Much of the work being done in Tajikistan’s Pamirs to mitigate the fallout from such events is being done by Focus Humanitarian Assistance, which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network. Barsem villagers said readiness programs administered by Focus were a factor in preventing any fatalities during the flooding.

The scale of destruction prompted authorities to relocate the hundreds of villagers.

September 29, 2015 – 2:17pm Tajikistan EurasiaNet’s Weekly Digest

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