Georgia: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action final report DREF Operation n° MDRGE012

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 12 May 2019, heavy rain and hail affected Kakheti Region of Georgia, mainly Lagodekhi, Akhmeta, Telavi and Dedoplistskaro municipalities. As a result of the heavy rain (125 mm), yards, entrances, basements and first floors of many houses and buildings were flooded. Furthermore, infrastructure, such as roads and bridges connecting the villages, riverbank protections, as well as agricultural lands and fruit trees have been destroyed.

The Emergency Management Service and all relevant ministries were involved in the liquidation works of the flooding of the rivers in the affected villages.
In total 1,272 families (5,088 people) have been affected by the disaster in Kakheti Region. The overall population of the affected municipalities was approximately 147,800 with the breakdown per community as follows:

• Dedoplistskaro Municipality – in total 20,900 people,

• Telavi Municipality 56,000 people,

• Lagodekhi Municipality 41,300 people,

• Akhmeta 29,600 people.

In general, in the targeted municipalities 25 per cent were youth (below 20) and 21 per cent were elderly (above 60). The main income/livelihood of the households was agriculture (harvest, vineyards) which has been seriously damaged by the disaster. Given the upcoming harvest season in the summer period, the damage occurred in the crops was foreseen to bring a heavy impact on the quantity and quality of the crops and as such on the livelihood of the affected people. The relevant authorities were working on rehabilitation of the roads and bridges affected by the disaster; therefore all affected communities were accessible. No injuries were recorded, and local people had access to health services. No people have been evacuated. Since the onset of the disaster food or water support had not been provided to the affected people. Around 40 per cent of the population remained without drinking water and electricity for one day.