Though sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall have characterized this winter throughout the former Soviet states of Central Asia, Tajikistan the region’s poorest country, and still recovering from a seven-year civil war in the 1990sTwo meager harvests already delivered the country to the brink of disaster.

The cold and snow have made roads impassable and have frozen riverssupplying the Nurek hydroelectric plant, the country’s main source of electricity.

Within days, officials fear, the dam’s reservoir will no longer be able to supply the dam’s turbines, resulting in another drastic plunge in the power supply.

Food stocks are being further reduced as families are forced to spend what little cash they have simply to keep warm. More than 60 percent of Tajikistan’s seven million inhabitants live on less than two dollars a day, according to the United Nations.

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