6 killed, 35 missing in landslide in northwestern Georgia

6 killed, 35 missing in landslide in northwestern Georgia

210 people evacuated from disaster resort region of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti to safer locations as rescue operation continues

By Davit Kachkachishvili

TBILISI, Georgia (AA) – Six people were killed and 35 others went missing in a landslide in northwestern Georgia, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The search and rescue operations were launched with 400 rescuers and two helicopters following the landslide that occurred on Thursday evening in the resort town of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region, the ministry said in a statement.

The rescue operation continued on Friday, with 210 people evacuated from the disaster area to safer locations. However, 35 people are still missing, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Georgia Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili arrived in the disaster zone and convened an emergency meeting to deal with the situation, the government said in a statement on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Only helicopters are being utilized in rescue and search operations because of the damage to bridges and roads caused by landslides.

Meanwhile, the EU Delegation to Georgia expressed its condolences for the loss of precious lives in the incident.

"EU Delegation expresses heartfelt condolences to family & friends of those who tragically lost their lives due to devastating landslide in Shovi," the delegation said in a statement posted on X.

"We closely follow ongoing rescue & evacuation operations & hope that those missing & stranded in a disaster area safely return home," it added.​​​​​​​

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