The flood in Kazakhstan has become the largest natural disaster in the last 80 years

The flood in Kazakhstan has become the largest natural disaster in the last 80 years

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in his address to the people of Kazakhstan on the serious flooding, said that there had not been such a natural disaster for many years.

On April 6, 2024, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the people of Kazakhstan in connection with the severe flood disaster. Tokayev said that a natural disaster of this magnitude has not been seen for many years.

Recalling that a state of emergency has been declared at the local level in ten regions of the country: Abai, Akmola, Aktobe, Atyrau, West Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kostanay, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan and Ulutau regions, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said: "This is probably the biggest disaster in the last 80 years in terms of its scale and consequences."

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked rescuers, police officers, volunteers and all those involved in flood control, and expressed confidence that the people of Kazakhstan will overcome this disaster together. "The situation is difficult, but we don't need to despair, we will fix this situation," he said.


Kazakhstan is struggling with floods caused by the sudden melting of snow with rising temperatures after a winter with heavy rainfall.

In the country, 3,171 homes were flooded in western and northern states, which were most affected by floods caused by overflowing dams and overflowing rivers.

According to the statement of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan, 46,755 people, including 14,589 children, have been evacuated from flooded areas to date. Of these, 2,602 people were rescued by helicopters. In addition, 60 thousand heads of small and large cattle were evacuated.