Floods in Uzbekistan: Impotent Government, Speechless Citizens
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After the Tashkent flood, which became sort of a catastrophy for both locals and Uzbek capital’s authorities, almost the same situation happened in the cities of the Fergana Valley of the country, Andijan, Fergana and Namangan on June 17.
According to neweurasia‘s sources, heavy rains in Namangan and Fergana cities left people without a quality help by the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) branches on the ground.
In Fergana City the damage was, if we may say so, ‘average’: roofs of some older houses were partly wanished by water. Luckily, no one was affected by it.
As for Namangan, those Namanganians who live “on the heels,” were not affected. However, those who lived in the down areas of the city, suffered from the flood. “Namangan is divided to two parts: ‘on the hills’ and ‘the bottom’ due to the city’s geographical location near hilly areas. Houses of those who live in the bottom part of the city were flooded. Maybe not as serious as in Tashkent but for locals this is a serious damage — people here are not rich to fix it due to their financial situation,” Nodir, neweurasia’s constant reader, reports from Namangan.
In Andijan, the rain had more a tropical charater and finished as abruptly as it had started. As far as our sources are aware, no one personally or their properties were affected by the rain.
Nowhere, including the capital city, local authorities were able to do something to help people. Professionalism of the Uzbek MES workers was always doubted, and this time they proved it once again. Not just the MES — those police, firefighters and other public safety services weren’t seen in action in the streets of the cities.
Authorities report about perfect conditions that independence of the country gave to us. In fact, independence showed us that officials had started considering themselves not as people’s servants but as dukes of the territory/agency they administer – “Divide et Impera!” would be a perfect definition for this system.
I think that these rainy days could become their moment of glory: what could be better than really helping people and showing that their well-bieng matter? They failed this test. God save us from something more damaging. If something serious happens, we just won’t be able to survive in current Uzbekistan.
“The downpour that hit Tashkent on May 30, demonstrated that we can not build roads, underpasses, and overpasses for underground road transport. [...] I’m not talking about houses with cellars where one could swim. Collapse. For short period of time, but still a collapse.”
More on the Tashkent flood of May 30 by neweurasia is available here.