Strong wind, hailstorm and rain hit several municipalities of eastern Georgian region of Kakheti late on Monday.
Roofs of more than hundred houses have been damaged in Gurjaani, Sagarejo and Lagodekhi municipalities and wind also ripped off roofs from about ten residential buildings in Gurjaani, according to the local officials. Croplands have also been destroyed by hailstorm.
Strong wind damaged power lines leaving about 37,000 households without electricity.
The Georgian MoD has sent army engineer battalion to the region to help in clean up works.
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 25 Jul.'12 / 17:58
Parliament passed on July 25 amendments to the 2012 state budget with most of the changes related to allocation of funds for immediate and long-term disaster relief efforts following strong wind, hail and flooding in Kakheti and in some other provinces of the country last week.
Households affected by heavy rains, strong wind and hail will be divided into three categories depending on level of damage inflicted and receive financial compensations ranging from GEL 300 to GEL 1,500, PM Vano Merabishvili said on July 20.
The authorities have started repairing damaged roofs, cleaning up roads, restoring power lines and distributing food items, diesel fuel vouchers and pesticides to locals in Kakheti, heavily hit by the heavy rains, strong winds, hail and flooding overnight on July 19, which wreaked havoc on housing and crop lands in this eastern region of Georgia, as well as in some other provinces of the country.
Heavy rains, strong wind and hail hit several provincial districts in Georgia overnight on Thursday, damaging buildings and farmlands.
Telavi in eastern region of Kakheti was heavily hit with strong wind ripping roofs off buildings and strong hail destroying farmlands. Heavy rain flooded basements of the houses and washed away domestic animals.
Governor of Kakheti region, Giorgi Gviniashvili, said that heavy rain, strong wind and hail caused serious damage to almost all the districts of Kakheti region, but Telavi was most severely hit.
Georgia has offered Russia to send rescue teams and humanitarian aid to assist in relief efforts following flash floods in southern Russian region of Krasnodar which killed at least 153 people.
Georgian President’s spokesperson, Manana Manjgaladze, expressed deep condolences to the families of victims and said that the Georgian rescue teams were “in full readiness” to arrive in flood-hit areas of Russia.
“The Georgian side is also ready to send humanitarian aid; relevant instructions have
No progress has been reported by negotiators after twentieth round of Geneva discussions on June 8 with participants agreeing to hold next round of talks, launched following the August 2008 war, after four months.
Geneva talks are held in the format of two working groups with the first one discussing security-related issues and the second one – humanitarian issues. Talks, co-chaired by EU, UN and OSCE representatives, involve negotiators, or as they are formally called “participants”, from Georgia, Russia and the United States, as well as from Sokhumi and Tskhinvali.
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 14 May.'12 / 23:58
Flood recovery needs in Tbilisi is estimated in the range of about GEL 2-3 million (about USD 1.2-1.8 million), Gigi Ugulava, the capital city's mayor, said on May 14.
"Some funds will be allocated from the central [state] budget and we also have to request the [Tbilisi City Council] Sakrebulo to increase reserve fund. At least 2-3 million Lari will be required for the works that have to be done. We should spare no efforts in order to provide assistance to each an every person who needs help," Ugulava said.
The authorities have pledged on May 13 to provide shelter to those left homeless as a result of last nights’ flooding in Tbilisi, which killed five people.
A clean-up operation was underway on Sunday with works expected to continue for next several days in the most hit area, which is located in the capital city’s Ortachala district.