Tajikistan

    A further relief flight of UN aid comprising 100 winter tents, stoves and 600 blankets arrived in Tajikistan on Jan. 13 for the victims of an earthquake earlier this month which destroyed over 140 houses and partially damaged more than 950 others, affecting some 7,000 people. "On the world scale this emergency may be small and therefore easily overlooked, but for the people affected it is very real and they need all the support they can get," Gabriella Waaijman, the head of the Central Asia sub-office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on a day when the world's attention was focused on the massive earthquake that has devastated Haiti. A quake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Central Asian country on Jan. 2, damaging power transmission lines and other key infrastructure including health facilities and schools. (UN News Service)

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