Since 25 March 2013, the UN Refugee Agency is providing its big tents and plastic sheeting to families affected by the heavy rains in Gori and Kopitnari. Following a request from the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (MRA) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia is helping victims of heavy rains and storm in Gori.
The UN Refugee Agency is providing families living in Gori with 100 tents (each of a size of 50 square metres), and people in Kopitnari (Imereti region) with 1300 m2 of plastic sheeting to cover the roof of their dwellings.
"We express our sympathy with the people who have been affected by these heavy rains and storm. To help protect their belongings, we decided to provide these families with big UNHCR tents and plastic sheeting. It is the hope of UNHCR that these families can restore their livelihoods as soon as possible", says UNHCR Representative in Georgia, Ms. Simone Wolken.
UNHCR addresses the protection and assistance needs of some 280,000 persons of concern in Georgia which includes more than 270,000 internally displaced people, around 1,100 de-jure stateless persons, 460 asylum-seekers and 300 refugees.