27 December, 2006

5.5M Quake in Kyrgyzstan - International Assistance Requested

At 2 a.m. local time on 26 December 2006, an earthquake struck Kochkor area, Naryn region, some 140 km south-east of the capital Bishkek. Local reports indicated a magnitude of 5.5 in the Richter scale. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Kazakhstan. The UN Resident Coordinator in Bishkek immediately established contact with the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Although this quake has been classified as a Green Alert by the GDACS, preliminary information received by the Government indicate mainly damage to housing, electric lines and communications and the need to provide heating for both the homeless and local medical aid centres. According to data provided so far, 2400 houses, two medical and obstetric centres, five administrative buildings, 9 schools, 1 kindergarten and one library have been damaged. Ten houses have been totally destroyed. There is no power supply or phone communication with the affected area.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations has mobilized its resources, and, in a letter to the UN Resident Coordinator, has appealed for international assistance in order to provide food, heating equipment, clothing, medicaments and construction materials. The OCHA in country, has allocated a cash grant of USD 10,000 to cover immediate needs.

In case of emergencies ONLY or to request for aid, please call the UN HQ in Chuy Prospekt and speak to Tatyana Jiteneva on +996 312 61 12 02 / Natalyia Kim on +996 312 61 12 01 or e-mail the operations manager in charge of this relief effort at the UNDP - Saltanat Dospaeva - saltanat.dospaeva[at] / sd[at] | The Ministry of Emergency Situations can be contacted on +966 (312) 21-08-43 or via email on ps[at]

VOSOCC & Relief Web

[Eastern Europe/] [Earthquakes] [ /////]

0 Comments Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link