Brrrr… Tajikistan Crisis!! Coldest Winter in 25 Years!
Record cold has forced 90% of the factories to close down in Tajikistan.
People cook in a yard outside their house in Dushanbe January 22, 2008. Extreme cold is no surprise to the 60 million people scattered across a region wedged between Russia, China and Iran, but this year’s winter has exposed the poor state of crumbling Soviet-era utilities and pipelines and sparked energy shortages. (REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov)
NPR reported on the crisis in Tajikistan this week:
The lights have gone out in most of Tajikistan, the poorest republic in the former Soviet Union.
The country is facing an energy crisis in the midst of the coldest winter in more than 25 years.
With millions of people left without electricity, heat or running water, aid organizations are warning of a growing humanitarian crisis.
For the past 15 days, there has been no heat, electricity or running water in the freezing maternity ward of a small country hospital in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
In that time, Adolat Shoreva and her small team of nurses have helped deliver 13 babies — by candlelight.
“In my 40 years as a nurse, I’ve never seen it this bad,” Shoreva says. “I sit in the dark at night and cry.”
The unusually cold winter has overwhelmed the country’s aging Soviet-era infrastructure, leaving millions of people cold, in the dark, without access to clean water.
Central Asia is dealing with record cold temperatures this year.
The people of Uzbekistan are also struggling with the record cold.
People walk across a snow covered Khast Imam square in Tashkent January 22, 2008. Extreme cold is no surprise to the 60 million people scattered across a region wedged between Russia, China and Iran, but this year’s winter has exposed the poor state of crumbling Soviet-era utilities and pipelines and sparked energy shortages. (REUTERS/Valeriy Kharitonov)
The severe weather has killed dozens in Kashmir.
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