Earlier this month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by the ongoing drought in Mangystau Oblast in Kazakhstan. USAID has provided a $100,000 grant to the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan to support the most vulnerable groups of the population affected by the drought in the Mangystau region.
The ongoing drought in Mangystau Oblast has resulted in the deaths of thousands of cows and horses, devastated crops, and depleted already scarce freshwater resources. Since animal husbandry is the main source of income in the region, this natural disaster has severely damaged the quality of people’s life. Populations affected by the drought are facing declining milk and meat production, negatively impacting incomes and livelihoods.
Over 200 households affected by livestock deaths will receive financial assistance to meet their primary needs. The amount of assistance will be calculated based on the subsistence minimum allowance for each member of the household and will not exceed the amount of 170,000 Kazakhstani tenge per household. Following an assessment of the situation and identification of households in greatest need of assistance, financial assistance will be credited to recipients’ bank accounts.
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The Red Crescent of Kazakhstan is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which aims to alleviate human suffering, protect human life and health, and ensure respect for human dignity.