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Deputy Country Director of Tajikistan
Heather Hill joined WFP as a Public Information Officer in 1998.
Record downpours this May brought a rash of flooding to the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. WFP is appealing for $600,000 in relief assistance to help them through the emergency.
DUSHANBE – In the wake of what government officials are calling the heaviest rains in over a decade, an estimated 418 families have been evacuated to tent camps as flooding and mudslides swept through southern Tajikistan.
The death toll so far stands at 40 with 33 people still missing and 85 more severely injured. In the city of Kulyab alone, the floods have left over 4,500 people homeless and inflicted serious damage to farms. Over 16,000 farmers and herders risk falling into poverty after their crops were washed away, their livestock killed and their pasture land buried under mud and rock.
Relief and recovery
WFP’s appeal for USD $600,000 to fund emergency food relief is part of the $5.3 million the government says will be necessary address the disaster. More than 20 UN agencies and NGOs have joined the appeal for relief and recovery funds.
The Kulyab region is one of the poorest and most food-insecure in Tajikistan, which is itself the poorest of the 15 former Soviet republics.
A historically disaster prone region, officials say the floods together with an earthquake earlier this year have caused over USD $572 million in damages.