Emergency Plan of Action: Kazakhstan: Flash Floods

A flash flood triggered by a dam burst killed five people and injured nine others in Kazakhstan's northern Karaganda region (oblast). The overflowing water flooded nearly 354 houses in Kokpekty village after the dam of a water storage basin had burst at 1:30 a.m. on 31 March 2014. Some 400 inhabitants were evacuated, and 5 bodies were found by rescuers as the flood water reached as high as 1.5-1.8 meters in the village.

The Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan responded to the disaster through the deployment of its local trained staff and volunteers, conducted a needs assessment, rendered first aid, and provided the 195 most affected and vulnerable households (about 1,500 people) with non-food items (hygiene kits and household kits).

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