2006 Tajikistan earthquake

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At 18:24:57.2 UTC July 29, 2006, the 2006 Tajikistan earthquake consisting of two earthquakes measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, hit the Khatlon region of Tajikistan, with the epicenter at 37.58 N, 69.72 E.[1] The earthquake killing three people and leaving 19 injured. In total, 15,000 people were estimated to be affected by the earthquake, 5,768 lost their poorly engineered homes and 9,640 had their homes damaged. The earthquake destroyed four primary health care facilities and one hospital in the region.[2][3]

Poor water and sanitation posed an ongoing risk to health, as did malaria, given its prevalence in the region and the fact that some people sleep outdoors without mosquito nets. Damaged roofs made from asbestos posed additional risks to health.

Following an initial assessment mission of the earthquake affected areas on 29 July by the Minister for Emergency Situations, a second joint mission followed on 1 August, led by the Deputy Prime Minister and including the UN Country Team, WHO and humanitarian partners. WHO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, immediately activated other UN and international agencies and NGOs in response to the disaster.

To date, more than ten health partners, including NGOs, UN and International agencies have worked together to provide 50,000 water purification tablets, 86 tents and essential household items, mosquito nets, soap, buckets and high energy biscuits and to ensure basic drugs and WHO has donated 1 NEHKit to support local health authorities in ensuring essential medications are available for affected communities and forwarded drug donation guidelines.

Funding has been received from ECHO since January 2006, in support of WHO's work to 'strengthen and enhance the coordination of humanitarian health programmes' in Tajikistan.

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Coordinates: 37°15′18″N 68°49′41″E / 37.25500°N 68.82806°E / 37.25500; 68.82806