Georgia urges for international assistance for flood relief

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from Baku Today
Published on 29 Apr 2005
The Georgian officials say that a number of foreign countries have already pledged to provide emergency assistance to Georgia after floods and landslides hit most parts of Georgia this week, mainly in the western regions.

The Georgian government itself pledged to allocate 20 million Lari for rehabilitation works, but much more will be needed for flood relief.

Weather conditions improved in most of the regions of western Georgia, but landslides hit the mountainous region of Khulo in Adjara Autonomous Republic last night, cutting off access to several villages there. No casualties have been reported.

Officials say that several districts in the mountainous region of Svaneti, as well as the Tsageri district in western Georgia, have suffered largely as a result of the floods. 200 people have been evacuated from Lentekhi, which is in the Svaneti region.

After hitting western Georgia, the floods also struck some parts of central Georgia as well. The villages of Dzevera and Uplistsikhe in the Gori district of the Shida Kartli region suffered after the Mtkvari and Liakhvi rivers burst their banks on April 26 there.

The floods and landslides, caused by heavy, week-long rains in western Georgia, have damaged houses, roads, bridges and thousands of hectares of farmland.

President Saakashvili said on April 27, while visiting the Shida Kartli region in central Georgia, that about 15-20 million Lari (USD 8.1-10.8 million) will be needed to repair roads and bridges damaged by the flood throughout Georgia.

"Georgia has not faced such a great amount of damage for the past decade," Saakashvili said.

He also said that several districts of breakaway South Ossetia were hit by flooding as well, adding that Tbilisi is ready for provide assistance to the population of South Ossetia.

"The Java and Kvaisa regions [in breakaway South Ossetia] are completed isolated [due to flooding]; our Ossetian compatriots are left without shelter. So we are ready to bring necessary equipment or assist them [in other ways]," Saakashvili said on April 27.

No response has been made by the authorities in breakaway region yet. "It would be very unwise to reject this assistance," President Saakashvili added.

Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli said that the government can allocate 20 million Lari for flood relief activities. But officials say that repair of the damage caused by floods will require much more money. A special group has already been set up at the Foreign Ministry to provide detailed information to donor organizations and international community about the consequences of this disaster.

"We will inform the international society about our needs so that to render duly assistance to the victims of the floods. Our diplomatic missions abroad have already notified the foreign governments about this disaster," Giorgi Gomiashvili, the Deputy Foreign Minister said.

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