Period covered by this update:
26 July – 2 August 2013
Summary: On 25th July 2013, CHF 121,847 CHF was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Georgia Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 380 families (1900 beneficiaries). Due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, however, the National Society has now revised its operational plans together with its budget. The revised total budget for this operation amounts to CHF 215,194. Based on the most recent needs assessment, a total of 680 families (3400 beneficiaries) will thus be targeted throughout Georgia. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
On 19th and few days later, on 29th July 2013, extended heavy rains caused considerable damages in several parts of Georgia. A total of 4,800 families (24,000 people) have been affected in the following regions Samegrelo, Guria, Ajara, Mtskheta - Mtianeti. The western part of Georgia was the most affected. In Samegrelo region more than 20 villages and Senaki town were severely affected by the floods.
Houses, agricultural lands, gardens and yards were flooded. Cattle and poultry were killed. Cracks appeared in walls of the houses and traffic movement was severely affected. Heavy rain also significantly affected eastern part of Georgia, as well: seven villages of Dusheti municipality were isolated from the outside world and more than 20 villages were severely affected. The amount of inflicted damage is being assessed.
Based on the initial needs assessed and on the official request for support for Zugdidi municipality, Senaki town in Samegrelo region and Dusheti municipality in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region GRCS is planning to assist 13 villages (250 families) in Zugdidi Municipality, 300 families in Senaki town and 7 villages (130 families) in Dusheti Municipality.
The Georgia Red Cross Society is now aiming to assist 680 families (3,400 beneficiaries) with food and non-food items (NFI), i.e. food parcels, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, and hygiene kits. This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 1 November 2013; the Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 1 February 2014).