An especially harrowing season of flooding in Kazakhstan has displaced thousands and wrought widespread damage. The disaster response effort to date has been marked by public complaints and official recriminations.
The floods, brought on by heavy rainfall and melting snow, have been felt most strongly in northern and central regions of the country. The government’s Committee for Emergency Situations was reporting on April 28 that just over two-thirds of the more than 10,000 people evacuated because of the flooding had been allowed to return to their homes. Almost 3,500 individuals either remain in temporary shelters or are living with relatives.
Farmers have been the hardest hit. Some have lost entire herds of livestock, and with them their only source of income.
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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist working in Almaty, Kazakhstan.