Damaged caused by earthquake to eight villages in Kuhistoni Mastchoh district of Sughd province has been estimated at 4,188,970 somonis.

An official source within the Sughd emergency management agency says this figure is preliminary and the amount of damage may change.  

Mr. Marouf Muhammadzoda, the head of the Sughd Construction Department, who is also member of the Emergencies Committee working group, says damage caused to residential buildings alone is estimated at 1.063 million somonis.  

According to him, building materials for rehabilitation of the quake damaged houses are provided by the regional and district administrations.  “Besides, food assistance is delivered to the population,” Muhammadzoda added.  

It should be noted that assistance to the earthquake damaged villages has bene provided by cities and districts of Sughd province.

Besides, the Saudi Embassy in Dushanbe delivered to Kuhistoni Mastchoh district assistance provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).  

Recall, a powerful earthquake hit some regions of the country on March 23.   A statement released by the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan says the quake damaged a total of 318 houses in Paldorak, Yarm, Pakshif, Dehmanora, Dashti Miyona, Rogh, Samjon and Khudgifi Bolo villages in Kuhistoni Mastchoh district of Sughd province.

Of them, four houses were destroyed completely.  53 houses were damaged partially and 261 houses sustained minor damage.

According to the Emergencies Committee, three residents of Paldorak village, two men and one woman, sustained minor injuries.

The March 23 quake reportedly killed 14 heads of cattle, 52 heads of sheep and two horses in Kuhistoni Mastchoh district.

Tajikistan is located in one of the most seismically dangerous areas in Asia.  Each year hundreds of earthquakes are registered in the mostly mountainous country, which often cause deadly mudslides or snow avalanches.