Within the framework of the “Aid Card” project implemented by the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and ForteBank, 861 resident of the North Kazakhstan Oblast will get financial assistance for the total amount of over 43 million tenge. An intensive snow melting resulted in a suburban area of the city of Petropavlovsk coming to be in the flooding zone.
The Red Crescent Disaster Response Team carried out an assessment of the situation and needs of victims of flooding in the city of Petropavlovsk. Bank cards with 50,000 tenge per each family member will be issued to 224 families. Aid will be provided to socially vulnerable groups: single pensioners, multi-child low-income families, disabled people and others for whom the flooded houses are the only residential property.
“In our country people are eagerly responding to calls for help, they give clothes and food to victims, therefore there is no, as a rule, deficit in humanitarian aid. So we decided to pay our efforts to provide financial support. In this case, victims can choose themselves what to spend the received funds for. In our experience, most people decide to start with restoration of their houses and furniture,” told Marat Aitmagambetov, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation Director.
Inhabitants of the suburban area in Petropavlovsk have found themselves in the flooding zone not for the first time. Last year they also were among the recipients of aid cards. “We already know approximately when the water will start arriving and prepare for this in advance – lift the furniture up, roll up carpets, try and send children and the elderly to relatives living in the city. This year the water stood for several days. The floor, repaired last year, swelled up again and the walls began to crumble. As soon as the house is ventilated from dampness, I will start restoring it,” shared local resident Kairat Serikbayev.
“We are very pleased that you did not remain indifferent to our situation. It is not the first year that you have been helping, and thank you for helping not only here, but throughout Kazakhstan,” the victims say.
The joint charity project “Aid Card” has been successfully implemented since 2018. Earlier this month, Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan provided assistance to 200 affected residents of the Karasu district in the Kostanay Oblast for the amount of 10 million tenge.
Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation and the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan, in cooperation with local emergency authorities, are monitoring the situation in the regions and are ready to travel to locations of possible floods.