CARE is distributing coal, food and warm clothing in the early phase of its emergency response to orphanages and nurseries in the hardest-hit areas of Tajikistan, as they struggle to survive the severe winter and power blackouts that have left millions in Tajikistan without heat or electricity. A severe energy crisis combined with the harshest winter in 30 years has left millions of people in Tajikistan without heat or water in temperatures that dropped to -20 degrees Celsius at night in the past weeks. The government of Tajikistan appealed for international aid last week, and electricity is being rationed. (CARE)

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