Instead of helping, the government of Turkmenistan hides information about the flood and its consequences in the country

In recent months, Turkmenistan faced a serious natural disaster – a flood, which affected significant areas of the country. Despite the scale of the destruction, the government of Turkmenistan is making active efforts not to eliminate the consequences and help the victims, but to conceal information about the disaster and its consequences. This crisis once again highlights the problems with transparency and availability of information in the country. This was reported by Radio Azatlyk.

A disaster of scale

According to independent sources and testimonies of local residents, the flood affected several regions of Turkmenistan, leading to the destruction of infrastructure, flooding of houses and significant damage to agriculture. In particular, it is reported that roads, bridges and power lines were destroyed, which led to power outages in a number of regions.

Many residents suffered property damage and were forced to leave their homes. There are even reports of human casualties, but the exact number of dead and injured is unknown due to the lack of official information.

A reactionary government

The government of Turkmenistan practically does not comment on what is happening. The state media publishes limited information, mainly reporting on the heroic efforts of the authorities to eliminate the consequences of the disaster. However, independent sources claim that the real scale of the disaster and efforts to eliminate it are significantly underestimated.

Secrecy and lack of transparency exacerbate the situation. In the information vacuum, rumors and panic spread among the population, which complicates the work of rescue services and organizations that provide assistance to the victims.

 

Problem with access to information

Turkmenistan is known for its strict censorship and control over the media. In the conditions of a natural disaster, this practice is only strengthened. Journalists are prohibited from covering actual events, and access to affected areas is restricted.

The Internet and social networks, which could become an alternative source of information, are also strictly controlled. As a result, the majority of the population remains in the dark about the real scale of the catastrophe and how to protect it from its consequences.

Meanwhile, international organizations such as the UN and the Red Cross express concern about the situation in Turkmenistan and call on the government to be more open. They emphasize that the concealment of information prevents the provision of timely assistance to the victims and complicates the coordination of efforts to eliminate the consequences of the disaster.

However, despite all requests, Turkmenistan continues to remain a closed country, resisting external pressure and critical intervention of international organizations.

And ultimately, the population suffers from this. For citizens, hiding information about the flood has serious consequences. Without access to reliable data, people cannot take adequate measures to protect themselves and their families. Many are left homeless, without access to clean water and essential medicines.

Agricultural lands that have become victims of flooding will lead to food shortages in the coming months, which will further worsen the humanitarian situation in the country. Many families will find themselves on the brink of survival in the conditions of product deficit and growth.

We remind you that several independent journalists and activists who tried to cover real events faced repression from the authorities. They are threatened with arrests and prison terms for “spreading false information”. All this creates an atmosphere of fear and mistrust, which further aggravates the situation.

Experts believe that the following steps should be taken to improve the situation in Turkmenistan:

The government must begin to openly communicate the extent of the disaster and the measures taken.
Journalists need to be given the freedom to report on current events without fear of persecution.
Turkmenistan is obliged to accept the help of international organizations and cooperate with them for effective elimination of the consequences of the disaster.
Authorities must ensure access to reliable information for all citizens so that they can take the necessary measures for their safety.

In fact, the situation with the flood in Turkmenistan is nothing but a reflection of serious internal problems with transparency and access to information in the country. While the government continues to hide the real scale of the disaster, citizens suffer and only have the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones. Meanwhile, opposition forces and the international community continue to put pressure on the Turkmen authorities to achieve greater openness and provide effective and necessary assistance to the victims.