Germany to build prefabricated houses for 1,800 Georgians

Other News Materials 5 September 2008 21:46 (UTC +04:00)

Germany promised Friday to erect prefabricated homes for 1,800 homeless refugees in Georgia.

The Foreign Ministry in Bonn said it was granting 8 million euros (11.5 million dollars) to the German development aid agency GTZ, which would put up the buildings. They will contain 350 apartments.

Georgia had asked for help to house the people who fled from South Ossetia during last month's conflict and could not return.

Construction work is to begin next week so that as many homes as possible are ready by the cold period at the end of the year.

Prefabricated homes are made in factories of panels, usually out of wood, that can be moved to the site by truck and quickly fitted together.

The Foreign Ministry had earlier granted 2.2 million euros for emergency relief by aid agencies after the conflict, dpa reported.