At the end of July and at the beginning of August 2013, in two consecutive allocations, financial support was released by the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) after repeated flooding due to heavy rains. The first allocation, made on 25th July 2013, amounted to CHF 121,847 for delivering immediate assistance to 380 families (1,900 beneficiaries). Due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, the additional sum of CHF 93,347 was allocated on 2nd August 2013, and the total number of the assisted population went up to 680 families (3,400 beneficiaries). The operation`s total budget adds up to CHF 215,194.
Summary: On 19th July and a 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) were affected in the following regions: Samegrelo, Guria, Ajara, Mtskheta - Mtianeti. The western part of Georgia was the most affected one. 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. On 25th July, CHF 121,847 was released by the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support GRCS in delivering immediate assistance to 380 families (1,900 beneficiaries), but due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, GRCS received additional support and after revising its initial operational plan and budget, more CHF 93,347 was allocated through the DREF. Heavy rain 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. GRCS special response teams with the support of the local authority representatives and relevant structures conducted rapid and then detailed needs assessments to assess inflicted damage, as well as identify number of effected families and main needs of the local population. GRCS response teams were conducting First Aid (FA) and psycho-social support (PSS) to the affected population, as well as to the supporting rescuers in evacuation of people, etc. They actively participated in the post-disaster activities, such as continued support to the affected people through providing them with psycho-social support.