Friday, April 27, 2012 -
Strong rains in southern Kyrgyzstan led to floods and mudslides which destroyed at least 200 houses, local authorities said on Friday.
Several towns and villages in the province of Osh were hit by widespread flooding and landslides following extensive rainfall, they said.
Although homes, property, and livestock were destroyed, there were no reports of deaths or missing people.
But residents of the storm-damaged regions said they lost livestock and pets, while reports say that mud has covered dozens of acres areas of arable land, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.
Farmers have called for financial help to clean up their fields of corn and wheat and replant areas that were destroyed.
Mudflows and floods occur frequently in Kyrgyzstan, which is located on the Tien-Shan Mountains.
The country’s mountainous terrain makes it susceptible to natural disasters, including snowfalls and avalanches during the winter season, and earthquakes at any time.