Today, Direct Relief extended emergency medical aid for people affected by extreme flooding in north Georgia. Tapping its U.S. partner network, Direct Relief staff contacted the director of emergency response for the Georgia Association of Primary Health Care (GAPHC) to offer support for its health centers and clinics, which serve more than 238,000 Georgians each year.
After more than a week of heavy rainfall, hundreds of residents in Chattooga County have been evacuated as the Chattooga River has breached its banks, flooding homes and streets. Eight people have died in Georgia as a result of flooding.
In addition to emergency aid, Direct Relief provides extensive support across the U.S. Since 2004, Direct Relief USA has provided assistance to 26 clinics and health centers in Georgia, totaling more than $541,000 in medical assistance for their low-income, underinsured patients.