Georgia: Earthquake - Sep 2009
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Today half of the world's population is under threat from the forces of nature - one fifth of the earth's surface is regularly affected by earthquakes, vol-canic eruptions, floods, drought, landslides and storms. There are indications that such events are increasingly frequent. Moreover, the effects of cli-mate change are becoming evident.
The negative impacts of such natural events affect increasing numbers of people: 6.9 billion people live on our planet today and, according to UN esti-mates, this number will have grown to over 9 billion by 2050.
TBILISI, Georgia, 3 November 2010 - Children in Georgian schools will soon be able to learn how to respond adequately to natural disasters thanks to the new partnership initiative launched by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the National Curriculum and Assessment Centre, Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, UNICEF and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department.
The Memorandum of Understanding about the new partnership has already been signed by Mr Dimitri Shashkin, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Ms Natia Jokhadze, …
The Georgia Red Cross Society was established in 1918. After Georgia gained its independence in 1991, the Red Cross was recognized by a presidential decree in 1993. The parliament adopted the Law on the Red Cross in 1997, making the National Society an auxiliary to the government, with a statutory obligation to help people in need. In the same year the Georgia Red Cross Society was recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and became a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
I. Country Context
Countries of South East Europe and the Caucasus (SEEC) are highly vulnerable to natural hazards. Ninety percent of the area of South East Europe is located within trans-boundary river basins, which makes the region highly prone to floods. Due to climate change, the frequency and severity of natural disasters, particularly those of hydro-meteorological origin, are rising in all SEEC countries.
They say the authorities' promises of new homes have failed to materialise.
By Tea Topuria - Caucasus
CRS Issue 561, 12 Oct 10
Georgians whose homes were destroyed by floods and other natural disasters say the government does too little to provide them with alternative accommodation.
More than 11,000 Georgian families are currently living in homes left uninhabitable by natural disasters.
Programme purpose: The Federation supported programme activities of the Georgia Red Cross Society contributed to the Global Agenda goals and were in line with the National Society's 2007-2011 strategic plan. The programmes aimed to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of the most vulnerable people through disaster management, health and care and organizational development.
Programme(s) summary: In disaster management focus areas were institutional preparedness and community-based disaster prevention, preparedness and risk reduction.
Preparedness for disasters and coordinated assistance in crisis situations were discussed at a 2-day workshop organized by the United Nations on the 14th and 15th of April.
The event brought together representatives of the Georgian ministries, National Security Council, scientists and urban planners, local and international non-governmental organizations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, diplomatic missions, and the UN agencies in Georgia.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr.
Desarrollo comunitario, salud, alimentación, educación, sida y ayudas de emergencia son los principales objetivos de las ayudas aprobadas para distintas Cáritas de Africa, Asia, América Latina y Europa del Este
The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.
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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.
In the early morning of 8 September 2009, an earthquake occurred in the Oni Region in the South of Georgia. It measured a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale at the epicentre (80km north-east of Kutaisi City), causing large scale damages to buildings.
Georgian authorities estimate that aroung 6 000 people have been affected by this earthquake and have launched an an urgent disaster assistance request through NATO's Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC).
1. In accordance with the procedures at reference, EADRCC has received today, 10 September 2009, a disaster assistance request from Georgia. The following information was provided.
2. General Situation
Type of the Disaster: Earthquake (magnitude: 6 Richter scale)
Date and Time the Disaster occurred: 08.09.2009, 02:41 a.m. local time
Location of the Disaster: Georgia
3. Initial Assessment of the damage and description of the situation.
3.1. At 02:41 a.m.
Under UNHCR leadership, the UN agencies have joined forces to assist Georgians affected by the massive earthquake which hit the mountainous region of Oni, northwest Georgia during the night of 7-8 September 2009.
According to assessments by local authorities, especially the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation, over 1,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, but fortunately no fatalities have been reported to date. However, at this point in time only 44 out of 64 villages have been assessed by the local teams, and this information may change.