The Prosecutor General’s Office said that as of November 16, 3,410 houses and 120 apartment buildings were damaged during the war, as well as 512 privately owned properties were damaged.
Working groups are in the process of assessing the damage, with most of the 11 districts affected by the fighting assigned one committee.
However, the damage was so extensive in the Tartar region that three working groups had been dispatched, APA.az reported.
The head of the Tartar working groups, Gubad Heydarov, told APA.az that 796 damaged properties—including 611 private houses and 147 apartments - had already been inspected, with the survey nearly complete.
This still leaves hundreds of families in a difficult position, according to economist Toghrul Valiyev. He noted that based on the government’s track record of rebuilding homes following a major earthquake in 2012, and more recently the 2016 April War in Karabakh, restoration is a slow process.
“Today's events are even more devastating because they took place right before winter, and people can’t stay in those [damaged] houses. It is not clear how this process is going as it is a matter of allocating and distributing funds from the state budget,” he said.
Valiyev said that the ministry of emergency situations was allocated over 20 million manats (12 million US dollars) a year to deal with disasters, with these funds likely to be used to finance the rebuilding.
But he noted that this process would be launched at the same time the government planned to fund major infrastructure projects in the territories Armenia ceded to Azerbaijan under the ceasefire—potentially slowing things down.
“All attention and energy went to the liberated lands,” Valiyev concluded.
Some have already returned to their damaged homes.
Gulgun Gasimova, 28, said that she and her extended family had initially rented a house in the Barda region after her home in Tartar district was hit twice. But with money running low, they eventually decided to try and make do in what remained of their own house.
“They offered to let us stay at the school in Barda, but due to the coronavirus we said no. The number of cases is increasing, and I have kids,” she continued.
Gasimova, her two small children, her husband and her in-laws, are all now trying to live in one small room. The damaged windows barely keep out the wind and rain and the family struggles to find room to sleep.