Tbilisi, Georgia, June 4
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend
Two experts on civil protection of the European Union visited Georgia, to review situation in the Darial Gorge, where major mud avalanche took place on May 17.
"The experts visited Georgia following a request of the country's government. After evaluating the situation at the site, they gave recommendations regarding the consequences," the country's Ministry of Environmental Protection told Trend on June 3.
The ministry said that upon Georgian government's request, the European Commission initiated the mechanism of civil protection to help overcome the consequences of the mud avalanche in Darial Gorge.
Part of Devdorak glacier came off the north-western slope of Kazbek mountain on May 17. As a result, huge mud avalanche flowed down the Darial Gorge, blocked off the Terek riverbed and destroyed a section of Georgian military road, where large heaps of stones and soil accumulated. Part of the road was flooded as well.
As a result of the catastrophe, interior transportation between Georgia and Russia was interrupted, main gas line was damaged and gas supplies from Russia to Armenia was lost.