Between 12 to 17 May 2013, devastating hail storms damaged almost all yield capacity of more than half of the communities in Armenia's Armavir region. The disaster affected 46 communities, 12,800 households and over 5,000 hectares of agricultural lands in the region. More than 7,100 households have lost 100 per cent of their farms' yield capacity. (IFRC, 5 Jun 2013)
In 2013, countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia saw a dramatic drop in the incoming aid.
Only 1 per cent of the aid received by the region was provided directly to the affected government and the rest was channeled through non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies.
Outgoing humanitarian aid from the Caucasus and Central Asia continues to decline with the region giving just $1 million in aid during the reporting period.
Summary: CHF 242,501 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 5 June 2013 to support the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 4.000 beneficiaries (almost 900 households) affected by a hail storm in Armavir region of Armenia. From 12 to 17 May 2013, the hail damaged almost the total yield capacity of more than half of the communities in Armavir region in Armenia.
1. Executive summary
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By Marianna Ghahramanyan - Caucasus
Farmers in the Armavir region, Armenia’s breadbasket, fear that emergency government assistance following a disastrous hailstorm will not save them from bankruptcy.
Hail fell for just half an hour on May 12, but that was enough to devastate orchards and vegetables across an area of 170 square kilometres belonging to more than 12,000 farmers.
CHF 242.501 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 4,000 beneficiaries (900 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.