Russia to provide humanitarian aid to the earthquake victims in Tajikistan

08/01/2016 16:58
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, January 8, 2016, Asia-Plus – Russia will provide humanitarian aid to the affected population in Tajikistan.

According to the Russian Embassy in Dushanbe, Russian Emergencies Ministry’s IL-76 will deliver humanitarian aid in Dushanbe on January 12.

The aid will be distributed among the victims of a devastating earthquake that struck the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) last month.

We will recall that a magnitude-7.2 temblor occurred in Gorno Badakhshan on December 7, killing two persons and injuring ten people.

The Geophysics Survey of Tajikistan’s Academy of Sciences says the epicenter was 93 kilometers west of the settlement of Murgab, the administrative center of GBAO’s Murgab district, 138 kilometers northeast of Khorog, the capital of Gorno Badakhshan and 357 kilometers southeast of Dushanbe.

The Bartang Valley in the Rushan district was the most hit area.  According to figures from the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense under the Government of Tajikistan, 1,327 houses were damaged or destroyed and 7,962 people were displaced as of December 11.  Critical infrastructure, including roads, medical facilities, hydro-power stations, and schools also incurred damage.

50 hectares have been allotted to the earth-affected residents of Bartang for housing in the Basid jamoat of Rushan.  Construction of new residential buildings for the quake-affected people will start in the spring.

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