Update on state of emergency in GBAO region of Tajikistan

In mid-July, rapid snow and glacier melting caused flooding and mudslides in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). There has been destruction of infrastructure and property, over 1,000 people displaced and four deaths reported. The M41 Pamir Highway has been greatly damaged by mudslides. The road between Khorog and Darvaz is blocked by a mudslide; between Khorog and Murghob, the road is impassable; and the road between Dushanbe and Khorog is blocked by a mudslide where the Vanj and Panj rivers meet. Khorog is not accessible by road from Dushanbe.

Advice For Travellers

The situation is described as extremely dangerous. The rapid melting is expected to continue well into August. Some countries recommend that citizens leave Khorog as soon as possible if they can safety do so.

Travellers in this country should be aware that the GBAO region is presently closed to foreigners due to armed conflict in nearby northern Afghanistan and the government is not issuing permits to foreigners to visit the area at this time.

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