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Tbilisi underneath the water2012-05-14 15:19
The most powerful for the last 40 years flood in Georgia has caused losses of up to tens of millions of dollars. In Tbilisi, five people have become its victims. As a result of torrential rains, the Kura River has overflown, killing two children, two women and an elderly man. In the Krtsanisi district of the capital the streets are flooded, as well as the first floors of dozens of homes and cars.
According to the Vesti.ru, at night and morning, tens of thousands of people in the capital had no electricity. Power lines were restored on Sunday at 12-14 p.m. A group of rescuers, members of emergency services and the internal troops carried out rescue efforts till morning. Over 100 residents were evacuated on the boat from the disaster area; the work on restoration of streets and houses is being carried out. According to the Tbilisi City Hall, it will provide aid to the victims. Residents whose homes will appear uninhabitable, will get temporarily rented apartments, in addition, the government will assist in the reconstruction of damaged homes.
In a few areas in the eastern Georgia the floods have destroyed bridges and damaged highways. Dusheti district (north-west of Tbilisi) as well as Gurjaani, Lagodekhi and Akhmeta areas (east of the capital), have suffered most of all. According to preliminary data, the damage from flooding in Tbilisi, and these areas of the country, amounted up to 30-35 million dollars. In Dusheti region, according to local authorities, 10 villages have been cut off from the outside world.
Hundreds of hectares of arable land have been inundated, killing several dozen animals and birds. A number of power lines also have been damaged, tens of thousands of residents have been left without electricity. Mobile groups of power engineers and construction groups are working to restore power lines and damaged infrastructure, the edition reported.
As reported by the IA Regnum, the flood has damaged the building of the Ministry of Corrections, Probation and Legal Assistance. According to Georgian TV channels, two prisoners have suffered, but the head of the Georgian Ministry of Justice later denied this information. She stated only the wall of the building has been damaged.
Currently, Tbilisi airport and railway work as usual. The metro also continues to work. The Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava is personally supervising the work on the aftermath of the flood, involving rescuers and soldiers.