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Georgia’s durability tested by a hurricane2010-02-25 10:14
Georgia is paying for its warm Transcaucasian climate with regular natural disasters. The damage caused by the strong wind that came upon the country on Monday amounted to over 600 thousand dollars in the capital. Hundreds of buildings and dozens of thousands of people throughout the East Georgia were left without shelter and electricity. The clean-up operations are going to take at least several weeks.
The wind pulled the roof-tops along the streets, rooting up dateless trees and throwing them onto cars. Two people fell victims to the disaster that burst out in Georgia on Monday: they were crushed down by the windfall. Within the day, the emergency medical service received over 600 calls from those who suffered from the elements. Nursery schools announced a day-off.
Despite the hurricane, the international airport of Tbilisi was surprisingly punctual in its operation and all the flights were carried out on time.
Anyway, dozens of thousands of people suffered because of the wind. Power lines were torn in many settlements in the East; 180 thousand subscribers were left without light. High-voltage power lines were restored by Tuesday morning, while the low-voltage power lines were being connected through the whole yesterday.
It will take the building repair services another several weeks to repair the roofs of the houses. Over 300 buildings in Tbilisi need to be covered with new roofs; the multi-storeyed buildings will be repaired by the city mayor's office, while the private owners will be provided with the necessary materials.
Meanwhile, the planting service reminded of such a simple way of disaster prevention as cutting old trees and branches that may present any danger. Saws starting screeching around the city: as the saying goes, better late than never; the more so, as Tbilisi is not protected against another burst of the elements.
There has not been two months since the hurricane tore away the roofs and cut off current in the houses in West Georgia. The situation the shelterless citizens found themselves in was aggravated by rains and snowfalls brought with the wind.
In December, the hurricane left over 100 thousand subscribers of the Energo-pro Georgia company without power. In November, the wind caused great damage to Poti, while the region of Kakhetia suffered from a repeated waterflood. According to the Business Georgia portal, the damage caused in October and November by torrential rains and overflowing rivers amounted to more than 7 million 865 thousand laris.