Landslide dam collapse causes catastrophic floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

Landslide dam collapse causes catastrophic floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

19 people have died and 474 were injured after catastrophic flood/debris flow, caused by natural dam collapse, rushed through capital Tbilisi, Georgia on June 14. 

Update: Read more about this event here.

The local zoo was flooded and at least 30 animals, including tigers, bears and wolves escaped to roam the streets. Most of the animals were returned to the zoo later in the day. Officials advised people to stay at home until the animals were captured.

"Dozens of families remain homeless as their houses were destroyed or damaged in the capital," deputy mayor Irakly Lekvinadze told reporters.

Monday, June 15 was declared a day of national mourning, as 24 people are still reported missing and 37 injured, according to Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri

The estimated damage so far is about 40 million lari, according to the Finance Ministry, and government officials are establishing contacts with international donors to discuss aid.

Featured image: Huge flood in Tbilisi, June 13, 2015. Image credit: @colortour

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