By Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu TBLISI, 27 July 2015 – The city of Tblisi is moving to strengthen its readiness to deal with natural and technological hazards while memories of last month’s flash flooding remain fresh.
The leadership of the Georgian capital, along with their counterparts in Gori from the eastern part of the country, have also expressed pride in applying the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – the wide-ranging international agreement endorsed last month by the UN General Assembly – at the local level.
Analysis with GeoEye-1 Data Acquired 24 June 2015
17 July 2015 – Concerned by the recent events at the line of control of South Ossetia, in Georgia, the top United Nations official has expressed yesterday evening his concerns regarding activities that may negatively impact the freedom of movement and livelihood of the local population
Tbilisi Municipal Assembly at a special meeting has unanimously approved the procedure for compensation payment for damage caused by devastating floods in Tbilisi.
The capital city hall is ready to pay compensation to the families which became victims of the disaster, Sputnik news agency reported.
The project of fixing of damages and compensation payment was approved by 46 votes. The victims are divided into two categories: those, whose homes destroyed by the floods and cannot be restored, and those, whose homes can be restored.
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.