Responding to flash flooding in Georgia

Torrential rains that fell on the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on June 13 caused flash flooding along the Mtkvari River, resulting in the loss of life, extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure in a matter of just a few hours. According to IOCC staff based in Tbilisi, current reports indicate that more than 450 people were injured, including 119 children, 19 lives were lost and three people are still missing. Damage to property and infrastructure is estimated at more than $40 million.

IOCC is providing immediate assistance to families affected by the flooding, including food, essential non-food items, and other assistance. IOCC staff are coordinating the response in cooperation with the Patriarchate of the Georgian Orthodox Church as well as with local and international humanitarian partners in the country.

“IOCC staff in Tbilisi have been responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in the flood zone this past week,” said Mark Gruin, IOCC Director of Strategic Initiatives. “We pray for those who lost their lives and for the families who have been affected by this disaster.”

The Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate is also providing direct assistance to the approximately 200 families that have been displaced by the flooding through Orthodox parishes in the affected areas. IOCC, an ACT Alliance member, began its operations in Georgia in 1994 at the invitation of ILIA II, Patriarch-Catholicos of Georgia.

Today, IOCC programs in the country focus on providing longer term development opportunities for farming families and small businesses.