Landslide damage to customs checkpoint in Dariali Gorge may cost $3M to repair

Photo: Landslide damage to customs checkpoint in Dariali Gorge may cost $3M to repair
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Tbilisi, Georgia, Aug. 26

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

The damage inflicted by a landslide to a customs checkpoint in Dariali Gorge on the border of Georgia and Russia, may reach $3 million, Georgian Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri told reporters Aug. 26.

"Two buildings out of three were filled with earthen sediments. Their cleaning is underway. The scanner for inspecting carry-on baggage and quite expensive scales, which weighed trucks have been damaged. As for the scanner, it is being tested, and after two or three days we will know whether it is damaged or not. Without the scanner the damage is $1 million. If the scanner is damaged, then only customs damage will make $3 million," the minister said.

Khaduri said the restoration of a road in the area has already begun, and as soon as it is cleared, the customs checkpoint will start working.

The road's restoration will take about two weeks, according to Georgian Regional Development and Infrastructure Ministry.

A landslide occurred Aug. 20 in the Dariali Gorge inflicting serious damage to the local infrastructure.

Edited by CN

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