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Kyrgyzstan: Floods and Mudslides

On 7 August 2023, around 17:00 hours local time, mudflows occurred in the villages of Ken-Suu, Bayzak, Taldy-Suu, Korumdu, and Koochu in the Tup district of the Issyk-Kul region due to short-term rains. The Ministry of Emergency Situations (MoES) and local authorities formed a joint commission to have a thorough and transparent assessment of damages. According to the MoES and local authorities, 200 households were directly impacted by the disaster, however, preliminarily, 60% of the total population (13,000 people) of the five affected villages are in need of assistance of various degrees. (IFRC, 28 Aug 2023)

Bangladesh: Floods and Landslides

On 7 August, heavy rain triggered flash floods in South-eastern Bangladesh as major rivers flowed far above their danger levels, leaving many areas submerged in Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban and Feni. Landslides left four people dead and six injured, and damaged 718 houses. More than 190 temporary shelters have been opened and 43 medical teams mobilised. The government has allocated 20 tons of rice and cash support and BDRCS is intervening via early warning and emergency distributions. In Cox’s Bazar refugees’ camps, 9,237 individuals have been impacted (10 people injured, 2 casualties, 1,192 displaced). More than 1,430 shelters have been damaged and facilities affected. Relocation and emergency response is ongoing. (ECHO, 8 Aug 2023)

Georgia: Flash Floods

On 15 and 16 June, a significant disaster struck Gurjaani and Lentekhi municipalities in Georgia, as heavy rainfall, flooding, and hailstorms occurred. This calamity had widespread effects, impacting both urban and rural areas in Gurjaani and Lentekhi Municiplaities – Kakheti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti regions, respectively. The heavy rainfall led to the flooding of the central streets in Gurjaani municipality, including the surrounding areas of the central agricultural market, resulting in severe difficulties in transportation and mobility. Additionally, sudden mudflows and landslides caused the destruction of roads, blockages from fallen trees, and damage to vital infrastructure like bridges and power transmission towers. Specifically, the flooding affected several areas in Gurjaani municipality, including Gurjaani, Chumlaki, Tchandari, Vejini, Dzirkoki, Kolagi, Bakurtsikhe, and Kodalo. In Lentekhi, which is one of the highest mountainous populated areas in Georgia, the storms affected Chikhareshi, Jakhunderi, Nakisheri, Skhedi, Upper Shkedi, Akhalsheni, Panaga, and Lekosadeni villages. State infrastructure such as bridges, in-land roads, and power transmission towers were also damaged. [...] Although Georgia is prone to flooding and hailstorms, it is worth noting that these kinds of floods are not common in either of these municipalities, as none of them are located in high-risk flash flood zones. It is the first time in recent decades that Gurjaani municipality faced such a disaster. Consequently, the population was not prepared for potential effects of this sudden disaster in the region. The disaster is found to have impacted a total of 58,723 people, of whom 5,775 people are in vulnerable situations and in need of humanitarian assistance. (IFRC, 30 Jun 2023)