June 14 flood Tbilisi

Tbilisi on edge as strong rain brings fear of ‘another 2015’

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Environment|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Strong rain with hail hit Tbilisi and some other parts of Georgia on Saturday, causing damage to cars, infrastructure and crops. As some Tbilisians feared a repeat of the tragic flooding in 2015, the police blocked Vake-Saburtalo Road in Tbilisi following advice […]

Tbilisi Zoo welcomes three lion cubs

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi Zoo, which was devastated by a flood in June 2015, welcomed three new lion cubs on Monday. The zoo’s administration said the lioness Cleopatra had a complicated and protracted delivery, but it ended happily as both the mother and her offspring […]

Tbilisi Zoo receives kangaroos and other new animal species

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi Zoo received 22 new animals on Monday. The animals were a gift from zoos in Germany and Belgium. There are seven South American coatis, two Indian porcupines and ten striped mongoose from Germany, while three blue wildebeest […]

Flood prevention work begins in Tbilisi hills to prevent new disaster

By | November 29th, 2015|Categories: Environment|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi City Hall has begun clean-up work on the Tskneti-Betania road close to the capital, which was the origin of a landslide that caused a flood wave in Tbilisi in June, 2015. City Hall said on Saturday that experts have finished examining […]

Another body found after Tbilisi flood, pushing number of deaths to 20

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(1tv.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch–A dead body has been found in the river Mtkvari, increasing the number of confirmed deaths after the June flood to 20. Two people are still missing. Moambe, the news program on Channel 1, reported that Elizbar Baghashvili, 56, has been found. […]

Tbilisi Zoo reopens, three months after devastating flood

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Exactly three months after a devastating flood, Tbilisi Zoo reopened on Sunday with surviving animals on display. The zoo’s management held an opening exhibition with pictures of the animals that either drowned or were killed, and presented […]

Flood-hit Tbilisi Zoo will reopen in September

By | August 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi Zoo will reopen in September, after being closed for several months following a flood that partly destroyed it on June 14. It’s a much reduced compound visitors are welcomed back to, with less than half of the animals and […]

Search continues for three still missing after Tbilisi flood

By | August 4th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

(police.ge.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The search is still ongoing for three persons who went missing in a massive flood in Tbilisi in the night of June 13-14. 19 persons have been confirmed dead. Employees of the Interior Ministry’s emergency service have been looking […]

British band Placebo donates USD 40,000 to Tbilisi flood victims

By | July 28th, 2015|Categories: Youth|Tags: , |

The flood took the lives of at least 19 people and many animals in a zoo. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Placebo, a British band which recently played at Tbilisi Open Air festival, has donated about USD 40,000 to the victims of the flood on June 13-14. The website Indiegogo, which raises funds for charity, said it had received USD 39,974 from Placebo […]

Tbilisi flood was preceded by more than 100mm of rainfall

By | July 27th, 2015|Categories: Environment|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A new study shows that there was more than 100 mm of precipitation the night of June 13-14, when a disastrous flood killed at least 19 people in Tbilisi. Three are still missing after the flood, which destroyed many houses and cars […]

Plans for new spacious Tbilisi zoo presented

By | July 11th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mayor Davit Narmania inspecting the location of the city’s new zoo. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After being partly destroyed by a flood a month ago, Tbilisi Zoo will move into a new facility to be built on the shores of Tbilisi Reservoir, the largest lake in the capital. Reflecting on the future of the zoo, director Zurab Gurielidze and spokesperson […]

Small landslide in village near Tbilisi, origin of catastrophic flood

By | July 9th, 2015|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There was a small landslide this morning in a village near Tbilisi, the same place where a landslide caused a catastrophic flood wave in a river valley June 13. Thursday’s landslide damaged a road and utility pipe which supplies households […]

Escaped zoo tiger found dead in Tbilisi

By | July 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A tiger which escaped from Tbilisi Zoo during a flood three weeks ago has been found dead at a leisure park a few hundred meters from the zoo. The discovery of the dead Siberian tiger “Salima” at Laguna Vere concludes the search for dangerous […]

Saudi crown prince donates money to Tbilisi flood victims

By | July 3rd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

Abdulaziz al Saud with PM Garibashvili. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is donating USD 300,000 to assist the victims of the June 14 flood in Tbilisi. Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who visited Georgia a few weeks ago, wrote in a letter to the prime minister that they carefully […]

Dead zoo animals pulled out of river in Tbilisi

By | July 1st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled a number of dead animals out of the river Mtkvari in Tbilisi, while looking for victims of the June 14 flood. 19 people died in the flood, while three are still missing. Apart from the human victims, also many […]

Missing hyena found dead at Tbilisi Zoo

By | June 25th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(Tbilservice Group.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A missing hyena was found dead on Wednesday during clean-up work inside the partially destroyed Tbilisi Zoo. The hyena was found by employees of Tbilservice Group, close to the cages of tigers and lions near the administration building. A tiger […]

Penguin found alive as Tbilisi Zoo publishes complete list of animals

By | June 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–As a penguin was discovered alive Tuesday, Tbilisi Zoo for the first time published the complete list of animals they had before the flood on the night of June 13-14. The penguin was found by soldiers as they were cleaning the lower section […]

Three people still missing after Tbilisi flood

By | June 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The search is still on for three people who are missing after a devastating flood in Tbilisi early morning on June 14 which killed at least 19 people. Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri said on Tuesday that a large part of the gravel […]

Animal rights activist demand to shut down Tbilisi Zoo

By | June 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of animal rights activists demonstrated Sunday outside City Hall in Tbilisi, demanding to shut down the zoo, after a flood killed more than 50 percent of the animals held there, and others escaped. The demonstration was organized by Vegan Georgia […]

Flooded areas of Tbilisi are being disinfected

By | June 21st, 2015|Categories: Environment|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Health Ministry in Georgia has sent teams to disinfect five areas that were hit by a disastrous flood in Tbilisi on June 14 to prevent the spread of disease. Health Minister Davit Sergeenko named the targeted areas as Mziuri Park, Zoo, Svanidze Street, […]

Ivanishvili comments on flood – criticized for being late

By | June 20th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s first comments about the flood disaster, which killed at least 19, destroyed forty homes and a zoo, were criticized for being too late. It took six days until he commented publicly, but his organization […]

Hunt underway for escaped tiger on Tbilisi’s outskirts

By | June 19th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Law enforcement bodies are still searching for escaped predators from Tbilisi Zoo after the flood disaster on June 14. Hunters involved in the search yesterday installed video traps fitted with meat as bait at possible locations of the predators. This is an area […]

Money pouring in to deal with Georgia’s flood disaster

By | June 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–While the total damage of the flood in Tbilisi on June 14 is expected to reach 100 million lari, according to PM Garibashvili, money is pouring in from private donors, businesses and foreign states. More than 4.2 million lari has already been donated, according […]

Tbilisi’s escaped zoo animals: Bear and hyena still not accounted for

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(police.ge) TBILISI, DFWatch--As Tbilisi reels from the shock of a tiger attack which killed one man in a warehouse around noon today, a bear and a hyena may still be on loose in a city with a million inhabitants. The man who was killed by an escaped zoo tiger has been identified as a [...]

Flood update: 17 dead, while 5 are still missing

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s interior minister said Wednesday that the number of flood victims is 17, while five people are missing. A man found dead in the river Khrami yesterday was not a victim of the June 14 flood, he Vakhtang Gomelauri said. Two persons were found dead […]

One man killed by escaped zoo animal in Tbilisi

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch--One man was killed by a white tiger in Tbilisi on Wednesday. The animal attacked the man at Laguna Vere, a few hundred meters from Tbilisi Zoo, which was destroyed in a flood June 14. A witness told DF Watch that a tiger attacked a person, who was seriously injured. The victim was taken to [...]

Georgian PM suggests moving flooded zoo outside of city center

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The disaster in Tbilisi has  made the government bring up a plan to relocate the zoo outside the city center, to an area by Tbilisi Sea, the largest body of water near the Georgian capital. The flood shortly after midnight June 14 killed more than 50 percent of the zoo’s animals, [...]

Flood update: Death toll rises to 19, while 6 still missing

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The number of victims of the flood in Tbilisi increased to 19 Tuesday evening, the Security and Crisis Management Council confirmed. 17 have been identified, while two are in the process of being identified. One of the bodies was found in Mziuri Park, while the other […]

Explanations differ about what caused disastrous flood in Tbilisi

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: Environment, News|Tags: |

(Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The clean-up effort continues after Sunday’s flood, which left at least 17 dead, as attention turns to what might have caused such a disaster. A handful of reasons have been given, which all may be grouped according to political affiliation. Some people blame […]

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

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

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 […]

Tbilisi flood: Death toll rises to 13, nine still missing

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The number of flood victims has increased to 13, according to the emergency service department of the Interior Ministry. Department head Zviad Katsashvili told journalists that 13th victim was discovered about an hour before. “We are now looking for the nine […]

Tbilisi residents mobilize for flood relief

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Tbilisi residents are mobilizing to help victims of the flood via social media, people are encouraged to volunteer and to donate money or things needed.  People working in Mziuri park. (DF Watch.) A Facebook group 13 June – Volunteers currently have over 12,000 members, and the number is still growing. They […]

Holes appear in two of Tbilisi’s main streets

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

The hole in Melikishvili Street. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Large holes appeared on two of Tbilisi’s main streets Sunday, sparking fear that the heavy rain and flood may have destabilized the soil under the city. The holes were first spotted Sunday evening on Melikishvili Street, which lies on a hill above Heroes […]

Tbilisi flood: Stories from a disaster zone

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch--While walking along the path through River Vere valley after the flood, a man approaches and asks to look in a certain direction, where there is just a rock and a river and nothing else. The empty space over the river was once his house. He says he borrowed some boots [...]

Flood update: 12 dead, 24 missing, 40 houses destroyed

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Some of the 24 who are still missing are believed to be buried in their cars under the mud near Heroes’ Square. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The latest figures from the flood in Tbilisi are that 12 people have died, 24 are still missing, and 40 houses have been destroyed in the Vera and Vake district. The flood released dozens of dangerous animals from Tbilisi Zoo, […]

Update: Death toll rises to nine in Tbilisi flood

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The death toll after last night's flood had risen to nine people by 14:00. Four of the victims are rescue workers. According to the most recent data, the damages caused by the flood exceeds 10 million laris, but this includes only part of the damaged areas.

Almost no predators left in Tbilisi Zoo

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

A hippo that wandered around Heroes’ Square was finally led back to its cage. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There are virtually no predators left in Tbilisi Zoo, a spokesperson for the zoo told DFWatch. A large part of the animals were unable to escape their cages. Some of the animals that escaped have now been put down, particularly the larger predators, […]

7 dead in Tbilisi flood, as tigers, lions and bears escape from zoo

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

A bear sitting on a window sill in Tbilisi on Sunday. (Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch--The death toll after last night's flood in Tbilisi has risen to seven, as police urge people to stay off the streets and beware of tigers, lions and bears that escaped from a zoo. At least seven died and an [...]