Georgia: Severe local storm DREF operation n° MDRGE006

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On March 24th 2013, strong wind and storms affected the Eastern and Western parts of Georgia.

According to the rapid needs assessment conducted by Georgian Red Cross staff and volunteers, up to 350 houses have been damaged (roofs ripped off, broken windows, household items damaged) and the roofs of about 20 schools were ripped off by the strong wind. After the storm in Adjara, a fisherman is believed to have drowned after reportedly a large wave dragged him into the sea. River bank dikes were destroyed, while trees, electricity poles, and advertisement billboards were fallen down. Several persons were traumatized by the damages caused by the storm.

Georgian Red Cross Society is aiming to assist 250 families comprising of 1,125 people with non-food items (mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags, kitchen sets, and hygiene kits) to address their most urgent needs. Tarpaulins were distributed from the National Society own stocks, therefore these items need to be replenished through the DREF operation.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 28 June, 2013. Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 28 September 2013).