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  • In high mountain areas of Badakhshan,Tajikistan, FOCUS works with local communities to build irrigation channels, pathways, and other structural mitigation projects to protect communities from the effects of avalanches, flooding, mud slides and rock falls.
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  • Focus Humanitarian Assistance runs programmes in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, Tajikistan, to raise awareness of potential natural disasters and improve community preparedness in the event of such disasters. Part of recent projects involves installing two-way radio systems in private houses and training villagers how to use them for emergencies.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • In Tajikistan, Lake Sarez poses a great threat to populations living downstream as a future earthquake may break the dam and unleash catastrophic floods. Focus Humanitarian Assistance is concentrating on disaster management in the Bartang Valley and has built bridges, rehabilitated roads, reinforced buildings - including schools.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in December 2015, FOCUS, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and United States Agency for International Development, procured and mobilised 26 yurts for affected villagers in the Bartang.
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  • The impact of the devastating debris flow in July 2015 washed away homes and destroyed roads, land, schools and health facilities. FOCUS set up a temporary camp for displaced villagers and provided food and non-food aid.
Humanitarian assistance
Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters as a result of climate change and its location along a seismic rift with approximately 93 percent of the country being mountainous. The Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) region, home to the Pamir Mountains, has some of the world’s largest glaciers and is extremely vulnerable to flooding, mudslides, rock falls, avalanches, landslides and earthquakes. Many communities within GBAO are also located in remote areas, making disaster relief efforts extremely difficult and often dangerous. Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has been active in Tajikistan since 1997. Its major efforts concentrate on fostering disaster-resilience in isolated mountain communities, strengthening the communities’ capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters, and enhancing the local and national government’s capacity to assess, prepare for and respond to natural disasters in a timely and effective manner. By applying a community-based approach and partnering with the Government of Tajikistan, Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence (CoES CD), as well as other non-governmental agencies, FOCUS in Tajikistan seeks to reduce the risk of hazards and disasters that threaten local communities.