The government of Tajikistan has asked some states and international organisations for relief to be rendered to residents of the Roshtkali district hit by a natural disaster. The appeal for aid was made at a meeting between Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov and members of the diplomatic corps.
On the night of August 7, a mud stream hit the Roshtkali district of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, killing 24 people, destroying 75 houses, and leaving dozens of people homeless.
Besides, it destroyed two bridges, a medical centre, a shop, a secondary school, a library, a club, two livestock farms, hundreds of livestock, four kilometres of motorways, 30 kilometres of power transmission lines, eight transformers, seven kilometres of communication lines, 10 kilometres of irrigation facilities, 61 hectares of land sown to grain, and 17 units of machinery.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969