Heavy rain, damaging floods and mudslides hit western Georgia

Heavy rain, damaging floods and mudslides hit western Georgia

Heavy rainfall triggered damaging floods and mudslides in a number of municipalities in western Georgia on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. About 2 000 residents were cut off after roads were inundated, 400 families were left without water supply, and 10 bridges were damaged.

The worst-hit area was the Upper Racha Province, where flooded roads cut off 2 000 residents in dozens of villages in Oni municipality, according to Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region governor, Archil Japaridze.

In Racha, 10 bridges and eight portions of the Kutaisi-Alpana-Mamisoni pass road were washed away, the Roads Department reported. Flooding caused power outages in the affected villages, while water supply was disrupted to 400 families.

Agricultural fields, electrical wires, and roads were also damaged in the Guria region on the country's Black Sea coast.

A portion of the Imereti region's Sachkhere municipality was affected, where floodwaters damaged inter-village roads.

In the Tskaltubo municipality, several families living near the Rioni River were hit by flooding.

In Tskhinvali, mudslides prompted authorities to close the Transcaucasian Highway, or Transkam-- a mountain highway in the Transcaucasia region linking southern Russia and Georgia.

The government has started conducting relief efforts in the region, led by Deputy Ministers of Regional Development and Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze and Ilia Begiashvili, as well as Deputy Interior Minister Ioseb Chelidze, who all visited Racha on Wednesday.

Featured image credit: Tskaltubo Municipality City Hall

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