Thousands seeking shelter in southern Kyrgyzstan

Thousands of people are on the move in southern Kyrgyzstan seeking shelter, says UNICEF

“Many of them are trying to return home, even if their homes have been destroyed,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Representative in Kyrgyzstan “While most apparently intend to stay with neighbours or relatives there is now a significant need for temporary shelters.”

The Government of Kyrgyzstan has reported that 75,000 refugees in Uzbekistan made the move back in the last few days, 90 per cent of them are women and children.

UNICEF has quickly changed the focus of its response. An airlift of emergency material scheduled to go into Andijan in Uzbekistan, will land tomorrow and have its supplies trucked across the border into Kyrgyzstan. The supplies comprise tarpaulins, nearly 800 family water kits, and 100 basic health kits, plus medicines and anti-diarrheal medicine.

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