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Landslides Leave 55 Dead or Missing in Tajikistan

Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

Landslide and floods triggered by torrential rains kill at least 15, leave 40 missing, cause $100million damage

Torrential rains caused the Tebalei River to burst its banks resulting in widespread flooding and landslides, destroying 12 bridges, severely damaging at least 1,500 residential units in several districts of the southern Khatlon region. Many roads were destroyed by the floodwater, which also inundated fields and devastated 2,500 hectares of crop fields.

“Preliminary reports estimate the damage at over 100 million dollars. Russian servicemen from a Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan are rendering assistance in rescue operations.” Moscow Times reported.

US Govt Political Map of Tajikistan. Approximate location of the affected area is marked by Fire-Earth.

The causalities from flooding and mudslides in Tajikistan stands at 15 dead, with 40 people still missing, the republic’s Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

Up to 100 people are believed to have been injured, and many others are reported on rooftops awaiting evacuation.

The area was devastated by a large quake measuring 8.0Mw, which struck on October 21, 1907 killing an estimated 12,000 people.

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