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No repair for Surami resort?2012-08-16 13:24
Georgia experiences natural disasters few times a year. It takes pretty much time to overcome the effects, and the state often fails to provide all necessary assistance to the people. Our correspondent went to the Surami resort to watch the life is after a flood of more than a year ago.
A year ago, a tragedy claimed the lives of five people. Suramula River flooded almost all houses in the village of Surami. Perhaps fortunately for the inhabitants of the village, Surami - this is not a God-forgotten hole, but a resort where thousands of people come to breathe healthy. It's especially useful for the children with respiratory deceases; it is also recommended for the treatment of tuberculosis, as well as to increase immunity. Perhaps that is why during the first few days after the flood many visitors came to the village. During the first week the village was visited by the governor, members of local authorities and central government representatives, who unanimously declared that each of the victims would receive substantial compensation. 15 months have passed since then,
but, alas, none of the victim has received compensation. Unemployed owners of ruins in Surami are still in a terrible situation.
However, a few days after the flood people were optimistic. Khatuna Lomidze, for example, was convinced that she would receive compensation. "On the second day the local administration officials came to me and inventoried all my things up to the last plate. Therefore, I had a hope. But later no one appeared. They have vanished into thin air. We went to the City Assembly, but this was not productive. They gave us two couches, and nothing more", a resident says.
Another local resident, Sergo Haraishvili, was given only a sleeping bag and disposable plastic utensils. "There was no help! They promised to provide everything, but yielded nothing. Why do I need a sleeping bag? I don't need it when the house is destroyed", says Sergo.
However, many are cherishing hope for state aid. After all, this is an election year, and who knows, maybe the government remembers Surami inhabitants.
Surami resort is far from perfect. Known for its nature and fresh air, this place is half-abandoned. Forests, buildings and streets of the resort are poorly groomed. Various cafes and other entertainment centers have bad service. At the same time, prices here are high. But the tourists, mostly from other parts of Georgia, still come here. Many Surami families rent out their houses to the summer vacationers.