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Risk Reduction and Resilience

A Country of Frequent Disasters


With more than 93% of mountainous terrain, Tajikistan is highly susceptible to natural disasters. Climate change adds fuel to the fire: The country has already faced volatility of weather events, resulting in losses and damages of physical infrastructure and socio-economic assets.

In Tajikistan, mudflows, landslides and floods are the most frequent climate-related hazards, followed by avalanches and small-scale earthquakes. Disasters frequently affect inaccessible piedmont and mountainous areas of the country. According to the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) data, 3340 natural disasters have hit areas of the country between 1997 and 2016.

In addition, industrialization and the development process are subjecting the country to new risks. The existing foundation for effective risk governance needs to be strengthened both at local and national levels. The expanded integration of disaster risk reduction into policy discussions and operational tasks will yield significant benefits in reducing current risks and minimizing new risks in the future. While the current relief and recovery systems have evolved over the past eight years, further work is needed to improve coordination, predictability and transparency of the needs assessment and response processes, and better integrate government and humanitarian assistance efforts.

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for 18 flood affected Households in Sari Chashma jamoat of Shamsiddin Shohin (Shurobod) district, Khatlon province

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