It’s hard to believe all that has happened in the few days since I, like so many here, marvelled at the torrential rain coming down in those first evening hours the night of June 13. I drove home from a dinner a few hours later through streets beginning to flood even a bit higher up in the Vere valley. Little did I know that just below devastation was already underway as a major flash flood tore through Tbilisi, the picturesque capital city of Georgia.
With the aim of ensuring the voices and perceptions of internally displaced people on voluntary return and other long-term solutions be heard, UNHCR commissioned an Intentions Survey among IDPs in Georgia. The survey was carried out by the Institute of Social Studies and Analysis (ISSA). Two thousand and one (2,001) internally displaced persons were interviewed by ISSA between October-December 2014 in Tbilisi and 10 regions of Georgia.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On 7 June 2015 heavy rains and hails caused flooding in the eastern part of Georgia.
In the wake of the deadly flood last weekend in Tbilisi, the government is considering set of measures to increase safety along the Vere river channel including installing early warning systems and resettlement plan from high risk zones, PM Irakli Garibashvili said.
“It was a big shock,” he said in an interview with the Tbilisi-based Imedi TV late on Friday night about the flood that killed at least 19 people from the night of June 13 to June 14; three people remain missing.
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Torrential rains that fell on the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on June 13 caused flash flooding along the Mtkvari River, resulting in the loss of life, extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure in a matter of just a few hours. According to IOCC staff based in Tbilisi, current reports indicate that more than 450 people were injured, including 119 children, 19 lives were lost and three people are still missing. Damage to property and infrastructure is estimated at more than $40 million.
Focus on healthy and balanced nutrition
A front-runner in the race to end hunger, the region still struggles with malnutrition
Multiple trends are shaping the nutrition map for Europe and Central Asia, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s first-ever report on food insecurity and malnutrition in Europe and Central Asia, released today. The problems of food insecurity have changed away from that of caloric sufficiency toward the quality of peoples’ diets – a trend that will likely continue in this way.
Summary: 16 June 2015, Brussels - In a response to the severe and deadly floods in Tbilisi, the European Commission will make additional funds available to help the Georgian authorities deal with the most immediate consequences.
Up to €3 million will be made available to help provide durable housing solutions following the damage. This assistance of the Commission will be delivered through budget support.
Damage caused by the deadly flood in Tbilisi is “quite substantial and may reach 100 million lari” (about USD 45 million), said PM Irakli Garibashvili on June 16 while visiting some of the worst hit areas on June 16.
“We are actively working with donors, various international organizations… and we hope that donor organizations will help us to address these problems. We will prepare specific projects and submit to donors to address immediate needs,” PM Garibashvili said on June 16.
Fatalities from flooding in Tbilisi increased to 19 people as of Tuesday evening, according to the State Security and Crisis Management Council.
Bodies of a young woman and a man were recovered from flooded Mziuri Park on June 16 and third body was found there later on the same day.
One body was washed ashore by the river Mtkvari in Gardabani, about 55 kilometers southeast from Tbilisi.
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TBILISI, 15 June 2015 – The flood tragedy that has rocked Tbilisi, killing at least 15 people, is symbolised by the death or escape of hundreds of animals from the Georgian capital’s zoo, throwing the spotlight squarely on what needs to be done to protect such sites.
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction -- a wide-ranging international agreement adopted in March and which will guide efforts through to 2030 -- underscores the need to factor in animals when seeking to protect livelihoods from a multitude of hazards, including floods.
Through June 13-14, 2015 heavy rain caused mud flow and flash flooding of rivers Vere and Mtkvari seriously affected central part of Tbilisi and its surrounding villages.
The rescuers of Emergency Situations Management Agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia rescued residents of Akhaldaba by Border Police helicopter. The rescuers withdrew overall 16 citizens, basically women and children from natural disaster zone. The health condition of all the rescued citizens is satisfactory. The residents of Akhaldaba were trapped in the area following heavy rain resulting road damage and preventing the residents from leaving the territory.
Due to heavy rain in Tbilisi the Emergency Situations Management Agency works in round-the-clock regime. Rescuers pumped out flooded cellar in Uznadze street and managed to rescue one person with disabilities. The rescuers also pumped out the central building of the Ministry of Defense. Ceiling of a house on Tsinamdzgvrishvili street collapsed. For the time being rescue operation are on the way. Rescue operation are being conducted on some parts of Tskhneti highway. Intensive road works on Vake-Saburtalo highway as well as along Vere River are being implemented.
Heavy rainfall during the night 13 to 14 June caused flash floods in Tblisi, Georgia. Vere River overflown causing severe damage. The flooding was centered in the Vake and Saburtalo neighbourhoods, which are some of the most densely populated districts in the centre of the city.
According to the media at least eight people died and several went missing. Public transport is not functioning, some districts are without electricity, and several roads are either blocked or destroyed. Rescue operations are ongoing.
Tbilisi, Georgia | AFP | Sunday 6/14/2015 - 16:32 GMT
by Irakli METREVELI
Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.
Police and soldiers were hunting down the animals, recapturing some and shooting others dead, while rescuers airlifted scores of people trapped by the floods.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili warned Tbilisi residents to stay indoors while the zoo animals were still on the loose,
Sixty-ninth General Assembly,
92nd Meeting (AM)
Other Texts Endorse Sendai Summit Outcomes; Establish Expert Group to Gauge Progress; Declare World Statistics Day; Back Turkmenistan’s Neutrality
The General Assembly today adopted, by a recorded vote, a resolution recognizing the right of return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and their descendants, regardless of ethnicity, to their homes throughout Georgia, during a session that drew unanimous action on four other texts.
2015 - Le PNUD : oeuvrer pour les peuples et la planète
Dans toutes les régions du monde, des voix s’élèvent pour demander un leadership et des mesures en 2015 pour lutter contre la pauvreté, l’inégalité et le changement climatique.
Voices around the world are demanding leadership and action in 2015 on poverty, inequality and climate change. These universal challenges demand global action, and this year presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving the future we want. This is the year when world leaders come together to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development. The new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty.