222 households throughout Tajikistan living in hazard prone areas are planned to be relocated to safe place this year, according to the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan.

“Eighty-eight of those households are in Khatlon province,” Umeda Yusufi, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Committee, told Asia-Plus in an interview.  

To-date, Tajikistan emergency management agency employees have reportedly carried out river bank reinforcement work in Danghara, Khovaling, Vakhsh, Shamsiddin-Shohinand, and Kushoniyon districts.

Besides, they have carried out explanatory work among local population on the prevention of emergency situations, Ms. Yusufi added.  

According to data from the Emergencies Committee, natural hazards last year, completely destroyed 257 residential buildings and partially damaged 346 others in the country.  

As it had been reported earlier, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on March 11 approved a US$50 million IDA grant for the Tajikistan Preparedness and Resilience to Disasters Project, which will invest in strengthening the resilience of key infrastructure against natural hazards, better mitigating climate-related risks and enhancing the national capacity in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation,