Georgia

Georgia: Flash floods DREF Operation MDRGE003

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CHF 59,960 has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,750 beneficiaries for a period of three months. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: In Western and Eastern Georgia many regions were affected by unceasing rains from 12 to 22 June 2011 with landslides that followed. Seven people lost their lives. Over 3,000 houses have been affected, out of which 1,500 are badly damaged. The ground floors of 350 houses are still inundated and not suitable for staying in them. On top of that, the mudslide and the water have damaged farmlands, roads, bridges, canals, water pipe system and communication network. The residents have been cut off from the water and gas utility system. The water has swept away several roads, leaving many settlements isolated. On many farms, the cattle and poultry got killed. The Georgia Red Cross Society aims to assist 350 families, or approximately 1,750 people, with mattresses, blankets and hygiene parcels in Shida Kartli Region (Surami, Khashuri) which is situated 145 km from Tbilisi to the west, and Dusheti Municipality 65 km from Tbilisi to the north.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 24 September 2011. A final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, i.e. by 24 December 2011.