Kakha Kaladze during cleaning works after flood (press-office)

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Minister of Energy and the first vice Prime Minister of Georgia was awarded by the president with Order of Honor for his active efforts in the rescue operation after deadly flood in Tbilisi in June 13.

Along with Kakha Kaladze the Minister,10 employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were awarded with the medal For Military Courage and one more with the medal of Honor.

All of them were awarded for “outstanding civic responsibility, courage and exemplary dedication”, reads the statement published on the president’s website.

Kakha Kaladze, 38, is former AC Milan footballer and former captain of Georgia’s national squad.

Photos of the minister, wearing muddy boots, with havoc wreaked by the flood in the background, hit the social media in Georgia evoking enormous public sympathy and skyrocketing his personal ratings.

Order of Honor is Georgia’s state award, which is unofficially ranked 8th after National Hero Award and St. George Victory Order, the Presidential Order of Excellence, and orders of Davit Aghmashenebeli, Queen Tamar, Golden Fleece and Vakhtang Gorgasali (1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks).