Tajikistan Earthquake 2006 (September 2006)

21 September 2006

This appeal is intended to cover the urgent remaining needs of the population affected by two earthquakes, which hit the southern district of Qumsangir in Tajikistan on the 29th of July 2006. A total of 1,083 houses have been fully damaged and more than 1,500 have been partially damaged. A total of 21,000 people had lived in these fully and partially affected houses.

The UN Country Team and the international community have been effective in meeting urgent, sector specific needs, especially in health, water and sanitation, and education. The response has been well coordinated through the Disaster Management Partnership REACT (Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team).

Even though the government only a few days following the earthquake initiated the reconstruction of houses, the work has progressed very slowly. As a result, there is a fear that half of the fully destroyed houses (approximately 500 houses) will not be rebuilt before the winter begins. If this were to occur, it would have serious humanitarian consequences, which is the reason for this appeal.

This appeal calls for 500 winter tents, as well as the material support for the reconstruction of 200 houses.

In addition to other infrastructure damaged, nine schools, in which more than 7,000 children study, were also affected by the earthquakes. In order to ensure continuity in children’s education, this appeal covers part of the needs for school rehabilitation. Although the school year has already begun, the children in affected schools do not have access to a safe classroom-learning environment. There is an urgent need for full or partial rehabilitation of schools, provision of school furniture, textbooks, and essential school supplies in affected schools. Although the Government has committed to the reconstruction of 2 schools on their own, their resources are very limited to complete the rehabilitation of other 7 schools.

The total amount required is USD 1,000,000. The duration of implementation of these activities is planned for six months. 


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