Environment

Landslide triggers flooding, evacuation in Svaneti

by | Jul 6, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch–A landslide triggered a flood wave carrying large amounts of mud and debris down the Nenskra river in Svaneti, western Georgia on Thursday.

Dozens of people fled their homes or were evacuated, as at least four bridges over the river Nenskra were washed away.

No casualties have been reported so far.

The disaster on the Nenskra river was triggered by a landslide, which occurred upstream of the village Chuberi. The landslide temporarily clogged the riverbed and then the stream broke through it, causing a mudflow disaster downstream.

An unknown number of households have been cut off by the large masses of mud that flowed through the valley. Rescue workers have evacuated a number of people.

By midnight, the stream slightly subsided and the government assured locals that it won’t be necessary to completely evacuate Chuberi.



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