Georgian president departs for landslide area in Dariali Gorge

Photo: Georgian president departs for landslide area in Dariali Gorge / Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 21

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has departed for Dariali Gorge.

Georgian presidential administration told Trend Aug. 21 that the president will visit the area, which earlier suffered from a landslide.

Yesterday late at night a heavy shower once again caused a landslide in the gorge. As a result, two people were reported missing. They were carrying out the cleaning work in a tunnel. Previously, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili made a statement on the natural disaster in the Dariali Gorge.

The statement said that the prime minister can not visit the disaster area, because he is on an official visit to Armenia. However, he will be in constant contact with the crisis management headquarters.

"The warning system installed during the previous disaster, went on making it possible to evacuate people in a timely manner. Under my instruction, the government members departed for the disaster area," according to the PM's statement.

"There are four ministers on the site - Chikaidze, Hokrishvili,Shavliashvili, Khaduri. An emergency headquarters has been created; the disaster relief has already begun and the machinery is working. A dam, which is to prevent Terek River's waters from accumulating, is already ready. Work is being carried out in 24-hour mode, and the scope of the damage will be soon found out."

On May 17, a part of the Devdorak glacier collapsed from the north-western slope of Mount Kazbek in the Dariali Gorge.

A powerful mudslide blocked the Terek River and a part of the Georgian Military Highway. At that time the natural disaster killed seven people

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