Lela Khechoshvili, Kakheti
Grisha and Natela Neparidzes living in Leliani village of Lagodekhi municipality urge for help. They said the natural disaster on August 20 damaged the roof of their house. During the rain water leaks into the roof that damaged the walls too. The Neparidzes claim unless the roof is replaced timely, the walls will fall down.
They said the local authority promised to reimburse the damage, the members of the damage evaluation commission also visited them several times but nobody repaired the roof.
“They visited us several times, measured the house, counted how much materials were needed but finally they said they cannot help. If roofs of other houses were replaced we also request the same,” Grisha Neparidze said.
The Neparidzes said their house roof was initially damaged in 2012 but the local authority did not assist them then despite many petitions.
The damaged people said Lagodekhi district deputy governor Ioseb Tkemaladze had told them the district administration does not have a desire to repair their roof.
Humanrights.ge contacted Ioseb Tkemaladze who said the local budget could fund repair of the roofs which were damaged only in 2015. They cannot help the Neparidzes because their house was damaged during the natural disaster in 2011 and 2012.
Ioseb Tkemaladze was deputy governor in 2012 too but he does not know why the Neparidzes were not supported. “The commission members did not give me conclusion that their house was damaged as a result of natural disaster; that’s why we did not repair their roof.”
According to Tkemaladze, the Neparidze’s house was damaged because it is old and the law does not allow him to assist the family.
On August 27, Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia Nodar Javakhishvili chaired a working meeting of the Natural Disaster Results Liquidation Comission. The commission members discussed restoration and rehabilitation of the house roofs damaged by August 21 natural disaster in three municipalities of Kakheti region – Lagodekhi, Kvareli and Akhmeta. 1335 houses had damaged roofs. About 600 of it were in Lagodekhi municipality and 135 in Akhmeta municipality. It was noted during the meeting that the roofs of the houses, which were damaged at 50% will be completely replaced but those damaged at less than 50% will be repaired.
Reportedly, roofing process in Lagodekhi municipality finished but population is dissatisfied with the implemented work. The workers did not get salaries so far for what they intend to hold protest demonstrations.