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  • To aid ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat in Tajikistan presented emergency response items to the local governments of Tajikistan’s Khatlon and Sughd regions.
  • Children walking home in Barsem, Tajikistan. A nearby lake caused a mudflow in 2015, triggered by high temperatures and rapid snow and glacier melt. The lake submerged the road, energy lines, farms and homes. AKAH has helped the community recover with new housing, water systems and other infrastructure.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • In high mountain areas of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, AKAH 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.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Among other scientific partnerships designed to gauge disaster risk and improve resilience, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.
  • These villages near Khorog, Tajikistan, are prone to natural disasters caused by mudflows and flooding. In addition to helping villagers with designs for affordable housing, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat helps locate homes away from disaster prone areas and trains emergency technicians to recognise the signs of impending disasters.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
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To say that Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters is to understate the issue. Approximately 93% of the country is classified as mountainous. Much of it exists along a seismic rift. The frequency of disasters has only risen because of climate change.  

As a consequence, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) – one of the districts where AKDN works – 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.

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) 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 capability 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‘s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence (CoES CD), as well as other non-governmental agencies, AKAH Tajikistan seeks to reduce the risk of hazards and disasters that threaten local communities.