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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Monday, August 25
Russian planes set fire to Ateni forests

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Russian planes have set fire to about 40 hectares of forest in the Ateni gorge near Gori

According to Deputy Minister of Environment Lado Gegelashvili, the fire started in Ateni after Russian planes flew above the forest. Gegelashvili says that locals are trying to extinguish the fire but if they don’t manage it soon a plane will be sent in order to locate the fire source.

Czechs will help with EURO 6 million

The Czech Republic will donate EURO 6 million to Georgia as part of the efforts to rebuild the country after the Russian aggression, Sakartvelos Respublika writes. In addition, Czech PM Mirek Topolaneki has said that the Czech Republic supports Georgia, and has expressed his readiness to organize an international aid conference concerning the country in the near future.

“The Czech cabinet condemns Russia’s aggression against independent Georgia. The Czech Republic supports the maintenance of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, which includes Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” he said.

University continues helping IDPs

Tbilisi State University and the Orion Technology computer company have carried out a second joint charity action for IDPs, Sakartvelos Respublika reports. They have distributed food and other items to IDPs living in one of the building of TSU. About 500 IDPs from the Tskhinvali and Gori regions live there temporarily as well as people from Kodori Gorge.

The TSU students and administration give the IDPs various useful items daily.

Civil Registry helps IDPs find relatives

According to the Head of the Civil Registry Agency Giorgi Vashadze, the Find Your Relative service continues to operate with the support of the Civil Registry and the Ministry of Justice, 24 saati writes. Vashadze says that about 500 IDPs have contacted the service and 300 of them have found their relatives.

IDPs interested in using this service should call the hotline number 17 22 22.