Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan

European Union brings relief to the victims of floods in Tajikistan

Brussels, 09/06/2021 - 02:01, UNIQUE ID: 210609_1
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In response to a series of floods and mudflows that wreaked havoc across large parts of Tajikistan in early May, the European Union is providing EUR 100,000 (close to 1.4 million Tajikistani somoni) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most vulnerable communities.

Tajikistan floods 2021

 

The aid will directly benefit close to 1,800 heavily affected people in some of the hardest hit localities in Bokhtar and Kulob regions in southwestern Khatlon province. 

This EU-funding supports the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan (RCST) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of household items and kitchen equipment. These include mattresses, blankets, bed linens, jerry cans, cooking pots, plates and kitchen utensils. In addition, families whose homes have been destroyed or severely damaged will receive cash grants, enabling them to meet their most pressing needs. As water-borne diseases are common in the aftermath of a flood, hygiene promotion campaigns, as well as essential hygiene items, will also be provided to ensure good sanitary practices are well maintained during the recovery period.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Between 6 and 13 May, Tajikistan experienced incessant torrential rains, triggering floods, landslides and mudflows in many parts of the country’s southwest. The subsequent floods and landslides affected more than 25,000 people and damaged close to 1,000 houses, some of which completely destroyed. As a result, communities have lost their food supplies, personal assets, as well as livestock and agricultural lands, which are the main sources of livelihood in this predominantly agricultural country. Khatlon was among the worst affected regions.

 

Background – EU Humanitarian aid

The European Union together with its Member States is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

Through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the European Union helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year. For more information, please visit ECHO's website.

The European Commission has signed a €3 million humanitarian contribution agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.

The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The contribution agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Biro, Regional Information Officer for Asia and the Pacific, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO): peter.biro@echofield.eu.

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