Rescue work continues in the north of Armenia
Search and rescue work in northern Armenia, at the border with Georgia, in the landslide area, continued throughout last night. This was reported by Trend with reference to the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations. "To date, eight cars were removed from under the landslide with helicopters" - noted in the department.
They added that five people are still missing: two citizens of Georgia - Arthur Akopyan, born in 1992, and Gurgen Hakobyan, born in 1949, as well as the residents of Yerevan - Armen and Mekhak Sorsumatyany (1973 and 1964 birth) and a resident of Lchkadzor village (near which the landslide occurred) Noricum Mirzoyan, born in 1939.
On the eve, about 50 soldiers from a neigbouring military unit, as well as volunteers, joined the rescuers.
Recall, according to updated information of the Armenian side, 33 cars got under a landslide that occured on October 2 at the highway between Armenia and Georgia. Heavy duty trucks with vans, scattered like toys, "Lada", inverted and sank in the muck, undulating dips in soil, broken asphalt - this is apocalyptic picture of a 250-meter stretch of interstate highway Vanadzor Bagratashen (between the cities of Alaverdi and Noyemberyan), reported Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
In total, 8 trucks with trailers, 2 cranes and 23 light vehicles got under the landslide, explain the MOE of Armenia.
Though, earlier "Vesti" referring to the Armenian TV channel "Shant" reported about half a hundred cars got under the landslide.
To prevent the consequences of the incident, today Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan received the decision to establish an operational headquarters. Rescue services were immediately sent to the place of the emergency.