Serious flooding in Tbilisi, with information still coming in. Check civil.ge, agenda.ge, and Democracy and Freedom Watch for updates. I’m home, safe and dry. I’ll post links to recovery efforts once they are available.

The most recent updates put the death toll at 19, with 3 still missing. The Tbilisi zoo was mostly destroyed and 66 animals were killed and many temporarily escaped, with one tiger still missing. Sadly, one white tiger killed a man while on the loose. The Tamaz Elizbarashvili Dog Shelter was also destroyed, with very few dogs surviving. Current estimates of the damage stand at 100 million GEL.

The community support in donations and volunteers has been overwhelming, but with this level of devastation, donations from other countries will be necessary. Below I have posted links to fundraising efforts by established, reputable organizations, as well as the information to volunteer or provide in-kind donations in Tbilisi. Please help as you are able.

Georgian Red Cross Fundraising Page

Fundraiser for the Tbilisi Zoo

IndieGogo Fundraiser for Tamaz Elizbarashvili Dog Shelter

Women’s Fund in Georgia Fundraising page (read their page for their plans for the money)

Fundraiser to Re-Build the School of Tomorrow

Fundraising Page on local crowdfunding platform wehelp.ge

The site itself is in English (click EN at the top left if you see the Georgian version) but the card information and bank confirmation is in Georgian. The following photos (courtesy of Remi Boissonnas) show how to complete the donation process.
STEP 1:
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STEP 2:

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Donation information from the Georgian Embassy in Washington

Dear friends,
You are probably aware of the extreme flooding and its consequences in Tbilisi, Georgia, that happened on June 13, 2015. The damage is still to be calculated, however some information is already known, 12 casualties, many missing, destroyed houses and destroyed Tbilisi Zoo.
If you are willing to assist those in need, below are the details of the bank accounts, where you can send the money.
We are grateful for your contributions and support!

Transfer of – USD, EUR, GBP:
JSC LIBERTY BANK
SWIFT: LBRTGE22
GE27LB0010045017001717

Transfer of USD; EUR
JSC TBC BANK
SWIFT: TBCBGE22
GE34 TB11 0000 0361 8088 08 – EUR
GE67 TB11 0000 0036 0820 20 – USD
NAME OF BENEFICIARY: ‘CHARITY ASSOCIATION TBC’ UNION

Donations to the State Budget: (info from agenda.ge)

People who wish to donate money to help Georgia recover from the disaster can transfer money to following accounts:

Intermediary:

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK, USA (USD)

SWIFT CODE: FRNYUS33

Account number: 021087992 GEORG

Beneficiary’s bank:

NATIONAL BANK OF GEORGIA, TBILISI

SWIFT CODE: BNLNGE22

Beneficiary: MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF GEORGIA

IBAN: GE65NB0331100001150207

State Budget

Intermediary: DEUTSCHE BUNDESBANK, ZENTRALE FRANKFURT AM MAIN, DE (EUR)

SWIFT CODE: MARKDEFF

Account number: 5040040060

Beneficiary’s bank: NATIONAL BANK OF GEORGIA, TBILISI

SWIFT CODE: BNLNGE22

Beneficiary: MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF GEORGIA

IBAN: GE65NB0331100001150207

Scholarship in Memory of ISET Students Killed in the Flood (info from ISET)

By internal (Georgian) wire transfer:
Partnership for Economics Education and Research
ProCredit Bank, Central Branch
Account Number: GE57PC0233600100011081
SWIFT Code: MIBGGE22
By international wire transfer:
Partnership for Economics Education and Research (PEER)
Citibank NA
SWIFT code: CITIUS33
ABA#:0210-000-89
Further credit: Citibank FSB, Washington, DC, ABA #254070116
Account #:  9250388020
Account Holder: Partnership for Economics Education and Research (PEER)
By US domestic wire transfer:
Citibank FSB
Washington, DC
ABA#: 254070116
Account #: 9250388020
Account Holder: Partnership for Economics Education and Research (PEER)

Official Volunteer and Collection Point Information

Volunteers are needed at the spots pinned in red–the information shows (in Georgian) what time to report and how many volunteers are needed, and blue and green show what donations are needed and where they can be dropped off. So far only in Georgian, but Google translate is giving a good jist. Watch the page linked to above to see when and where hands and supplies are needed, both now and in the coming days. Volunteers are no longer allowed to help with the physical clean-up of debris, but they are still needed for tasks like sorting and packaging donated food.

Because of tetanus concerns, volunteers are being given free vaccinations. Clinics offering this service are pinned on the map in aqua. For additional info, call the Ministry of Health hotline: 1505