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Floods hit western Georgia, causing blocked roads

by | Jun 30, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – Heavy rain led to flooding in Georgia’s western Samegrelo region, causing material damages. Blocked roads prevented cleanup work some places.

Interpressnews reports there is a difficult situation in eight villages in Samegrelo. There is damage to roads, bridges, and utility poles.

A bridge is destroyed on the road connecting the two towns Zugdidi and Abastumani. Local government representatives say restoration works may take about ten days, but repairing the bridge will take longer.

It started raining June 28. More than 100 families have been affected. The extent of damage is not yet known. There are no fatalities. Families whose houses are damaged will be provided with temporary places to live.

The two villages Didinedzi and Jikhashkari near the town Zugdidi have been flooded. Roads are blocked in Grigolishi, Kortskhela and Odishi. The weather has caused damage to agricultural lands and killed livestock.

President Saakashvili broke off his visit to Baku because of the difficult situation in Samegrelo and instructed local governments to repair houses in time and pay compensation to those affected.

For the moment, it has stopped raining in Samegrelo, but the forecast predict more rain in the evening.

Heavy flood in May caused damage in dozens of villages, as well as in Tbilisi, where five people were killed by a dam that burst.

 



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