Flooding causes casualties, damages crops and infrastructure
Author: By Nino Edilashvili
According to preliminary estimations, last week’s heavy rains and landslides have caused damage of over 14 million lari in Georgia. The disaster-hit regions will receive funds earmarked from the government’s reserve fund.
As a result of the unexpected flooding, four people were killed near Rikoti Tunnel, which connects the east and west parts of the country. On Saturday night, the heavy rain and subsequent landslide damaged the two-kilometer road in this area, destroying a nearby restaurant. Two people are still missing.
Rikoti, which is located approximately 100 km away from the capital Tbilisi, is not the only area that was badly damaged. The extreme weather flooded houses, roads, crops, orchards and farmlands throughout Georgia.
The list of the hardest-hit villages includes those in the Khashuri District in the Shida Kartli region, central Georgia, as well as in Kvemo Kartli in south-east Georgia.
Farmlands were ruined in east Georgia’s Kakheti region too, with Akhmeta, Kvareli, Gurjaani and Telavi being severely devastated. The newly reconstructed Gombori pass is also damaged in a number of areas. Intensive renovation work is underway there, as it is in the rest of the flood-affected areas across the Georgia.
Alaverdi Monastery in Kakheti, dating back to the 6th century, has escaped the disaster however. It was under serious threat, as the Chabinaantkhevi river ran straight down to the monastery fence.