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Tajikistan + 5 others
Regional humanitarian funding update - Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 06 (1 January - 31 December 2012) [EN/RUS]

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Highlights

· In 2012, donors give $45 million in humanitarian aid to the Caucasus and Central Asia ($18 million in 2011)

· Drop in outgoing aid: in 2012, the region gave $1.5 million compared to $13 million in 2011

· Assistance from Azerbaijan makes up the bulk of the region’s outgoing aid in 2012

· Russia emerges as top donor to the region in 2012, while Tajikistan remains the region’s largest aid recipient

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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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Georgia: Flash floods DREF operation final report (MDRGE005)

Summary: CHF 178,771 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 770 households (3,500 people).

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Tajikistan + 7 others
Humanitarian Bulletin South Caucasus and Central Asia Issue 01 | 1 January – 31 December 2012

Frequent small to medium-scale emergencies raged through the region in 2012, inflicting the most damage on rural households. Support from humanitarian and development partners was often necessary to help affected people back onto their feet, learn from the disaster and better prepare for future shocks.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Georgia + 7 others
Regional humanitarian funding update - Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 05 | Third Quarter 2012 (July – September 2012)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In July – September 2012, the region received $5.5 million in humanitarian funding

  • ECHO remains the region’s largest donor

  • Food security programmes in Tajikistan most funded

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Addressing the post disaster needs in Georgia

Report
GFDRR

I recently had the opportunity to interview Victoria Salinas, Track III - Sustainable Recovery Team, who recently returned from Georgia, where she was working with the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Disaster Risk Management Team, World Bank to support the Government of Georgia to conduct a post disaster Joint Needs Assessment. The World Bank worked closely with the United Nations Development Program and United Nations agencies, European Union, and other national and international partners on this assessment..

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Strong Wind, Hailstorm Hit Some Districts in Kakheti

Strong wind, hailstorm and rain hit several municipalities of eastern Georgian region of Kakheti late on Monday.

Roofs of more than hundred houses have been damaged in Gurjaani, Sagarejo and Lagodekhi municipalities and wind also ripped off roofs from about ten residential buildings in Gurjaani, according to the local officials. Croplands have also been destroyed by hailstorm.

Strong wind damaged power lines leaving about 37,000 households without electricity.

The Georgian MoD has sent army engineer battalion to the region to help in clean up works.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Parliament Approves Budgetary Amendments

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 25 Jul.'12 / 17:58

Parliament passed on July 25 amendments to the 2012 state budget with most of the changes related to allocation of funds for immediate and long-term disaster relief efforts following strong wind, hail and flooding in Kakheti and in some other provinces of the country last week.

Budgetary Amendments

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Georgia: Flash Floods DREF operation n° MDRGE005

CHF 178,771 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 770 households (3,500 people). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

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Govt Announces Assistance Package for Hailstorm Victims

Households affected by heavy rains, strong wind and hail will be divided into three categories depending on level of damage inflicted and receive financial compensations ranging from GEL 300 to GEL 1,500, PM Vano Merabishvili said on July 20.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Rapid assessment of disaster affected communities in Kakheti

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CARE, World Vision

CARE International in the Caucasus and World Vision Georgia conducted a joint rapid assessment of 11 communities in the Akhmeta, Telavi and Gurjaani municipalities of Kakheti on July 20th. The heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding that occurred overnight across Georgia in the early hours of Thursday, July 19th wrecked havoc on housing and crop lands. CARE and World Vision estimate the dramatic effects of the event to be the largest disaster in Georgia since the August 2008 conflict.

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Disaster Damage to Cost Reportedly at least GEL 150m

The authorities have started repairing damaged roofs, cleaning up roads, restoring power lines and distributing food items, diesel fuel vouchers and pesticides to locals in Kakheti, heavily hit by the heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding overnight on July 19, which wreaked havoc on housing and crop lands in this eastern region of Georgia, as well as in some other provinces of the country.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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Heavy Rain, Strong Hail Hit Some Provinces

Heavy rains, strong wind and hail hit several provincial districts in Georgia overnight on Thursday, damaging buildings and farmlands.

Telavi in eastern region of Kakheti was heavily hit with strong wind ripping roofs off buildings and strong hail destroying farmlands. Heavy rain flooded basements of the houses and washed away domestic animals.

Governor of Kakheti region, Giorgi Gviniashvili, said that heavy rain, strong wind and hail caused serious damage to almost all the districts of Kakheti region, but Telavi was most severely hit.

United Nations Association of Georgia:

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UNHCR provides survival help to flood victims in Telavi

On 19 July 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is providing relief items to families affected by the heavy rains in Telavi, Kakheti region.

Following a request from the the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA), the UN Refugee Agency will help around 300 persons who are flood victims in Telavi.