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Tbilisi flood update: 17 dead, 6 missing, parliament meets

by | Jun 16, 2015
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Two more people were found dead in Mziuri park Tuesday. (DF Watch.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the most recent data from the Security and Crisis Management Council, 17 people died during flood Sunday morning, while 6 are still missing.

Sixteen of the victims have been identified so far. The two last victims were found Tuesday in Mziuri park; a young girl, who has been identified, and a man in his 40s.

Some of those who were injured are still in hospital, but none of them have life-threatening injuries.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said the cost of the damages may exceed a hundred million laris (USD 45 million).

Even though some of the roads in the capital have been reopened, including part of the central junction on Heroes’ Square, there are still traffic problems in the city. The metro is occasionally overcrowded, while some buses and minibuses have temporarily changed their routes.

This morning there was a landslide on Chechelashvili Street in the Chughureti district, damaging a roof and walls of a house, but no-one was injured.

The clean-up work is continuing in the affected areas, involving government bodies and thousands of volunteers.

A gas pipe was damaged on Heroes’ Square this morning for unknown reasons. The gas was shut off, and specialists are now studying what happened.

When it comes to the zoo and its animals, the management said Monday evening that every animal that was lost has either been returned or found dead inside the zoo’s premises, or have been killed outside, so there is no longer any threat to the public.

Volunteers in Georgia, but also in different countries from around the world, have offered to help the zoo. Representatives from Israeli, Armenian, Czech Republic, Russian and other zoos are coming to Georgia to assist Tbilisi Zoo.

President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, issued a decree to appoint a special parliamentary session today at 18:00 to discuss the clean-up and restoration work. In other decrees, the president ordered several departments of the Defense Ministry’s to take part in the work.



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