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Storm Damage Payments Divide East Georgia

Prime minister’s charity group accused of making selective compensation awards.

By Tinatin Jvania - Caucasus
CRS Issue 673, 28 Jan 13

A charity owned by Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is extending a helping hand to people whose homes and crops were damaged by hailstorms last summer. But the gesture has received a hostile response from residents of the affected area who say they have lost out in the compensation process.

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Kazakhstan + 7 others
Caucasus and Central Asia: 2012 emergencies (as at 31 Dec 2012)

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Georgia: Flash floods DREF Final Report (MDRGE004)

CHF 122,954 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 400 households (1,800 people).

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Regional humanitarian funding update - Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 04 | Second Quarter 2012 (April – June 2012)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In April – June 2012, the region received $15 million in humanitarian funding.

  • Figures on Uzbekistan’s and Tajikistan’s outgoing aid released by governments

  • Unusually high number of disasters hit the region

After a long winter, a series of disasters

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan hit by above-average number of disasters

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Floods in Georgia – assessing humanitarian needs

Blog - ECHO in the field

Tbilisi, 14 May: We drive on a narrow winding road up the mountain. The ride is bumpy; part of the road has been washed away by yesterday’s torrential rains. To the left and right, green meadows and walnut trees, the sky still grey with clouds. ‘Every spring, parts of Georgia are flooded and at risk from landsides. Every summer we face drought ‘explains Ketevan Lomsadze, ECHO’s project officer based in Tbilisi.

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Flash floods DREF operation n° MDRGE004

CHF 122,954 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 400 households (1,800 people).
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

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Govt: Flood Damage Cost At Least GEL 7-8 mln

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 14 May.'12 / 23:58

Flood recovery needs in Tbilisi is estimated in the range of about GEL 2-3 million (about USD 1.2-1.8 million), Gigi Ugulava, the capital city's mayor, said on May 14.

"Some funds will be allocated from the central [state] budget and we also have to request the [Tbilisi City Council] Sakrebulo to increase reserve fund. At least 2-3 million Lari will be required for the works that have to be done. We should spare no efforts in order to provide assistance to each an every person who needs help," Ugulava said.

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Flooding kills five in Georgian capital

\05/13/2012 17:36 GMT

TBILISI, May 13, 2012 (AFP) - Five people, including a mother and her two children, were killed when flooding brought by heavy rains destroyed houses overnight in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, officials said on Sunday.

The rains sent torrents of muddy water through the city's rundown Ortachala district where many people live in dilapidated housing.

Local television showed buildings partially collapsed or submerged and cars overturned by the flood amid streets strewn with debris, as emergency services workers lifted residents to safety.

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Deadly Flood in Tbilisi

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The authorities have pledged on May 13 to provide shelter to those left homeless as a result of last nights’ flooding in Tbilisi, which killed five people.

A clean-up operation was underway on Sunday with works expected to continue for next several days in the most hit area, which is located in the capital city’s Ortachala district.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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