Georgia: Flash Floods and Hailstorms - Jul 2012
Heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding hit Georgia in the early hours of 19 Jul 2012, wrecking havoc on housing and crop lands. The Government expects the total cost of the damages at 150 million GEL, with 20,000 households affected and 22,000 hectares of arable land damaged in Kakheti alone. (Care/World Vision, 22 Jul 2012)
· 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
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.
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).
Frequent small- to mediumscale disasters occurred throughout the region in 2012.
Humanitarian partners in Tajikistan seek $492,969 to help Rasht Valley earthquake-affected people.
Kyrgyzstan at risk of food and energy crisis.
Over 7,000 ethnic Armenians fled Syria in 2012, but not all are seeking refugee status.
Year in review: small emergencies add up
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.