Rescuers find 16th body in disaster zone in Georgia’s west following landslide - UPDATED-1

Rescuers find 16th body in disaster zone in Georgia’s west following landslide - UPDATED-1
# 05 August 2023 19:11 (UTC +04:00)

The Georgian Interior Ministry on Saturday said the rescuers had found the 16th body during the search and rescue operations in the western municipality of Oni, after a landslide hit Shovi resort on Thursday, APA reports citing Agenda.ge.

In his comments to the media Temur Mgebrishvili, the Head of the Emergency Management Service, said today, on the third day of the search and rescue works, five bodies had been found at the location of the cottages and noted seven people were identified from the deceased.

He stressed that the Service would continue working through the night, adding that installing a temporary bridge over the river to the disaster area would allow the rescuers to bring all necessary equipment into the epicentre of the disaster.

Mgebrishvili called on everyone to verify any type of information, if necessary, on the hotline created after the disaster or on the emergency number.

*** 17:07

The death toll reached to 15 in the landslide in Georgia’s Shovi resort of Oni municipality, Georgian Emergency Management and Homeland Security said, APA’s Tbilisi correspondent reports.

It was stated that the bodies of four of the victims were found today.

Note that August 7 was declared a day of mourning in Georgia due to the natural disaster.

*** 14:27

Georgian Infrastructure Minister Irakli Karseladze on Saturday told the media the rescuers had found another body during the search and rescue operations in the western municipality of Oni, after a landslide hit Shovi resort on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, APA reports citing Agenda.Ge.

According to the latest information available, the rescuers have been looking for 24 people missing after the disaster. A total of 210 individuals were evacuated from the disaster zone to a safe place.

Leri Barnabishvili, the Head of the Regional Liaison Department of the Government Administration, recently said six people were identified from the deceased, and noted all procedures would be carried out to identify the remaining victims killed by the landslide disaster.

A mobile headquarters of the Emergency Management Service has been organised near the disaster-affected area, with firefighters, rescuers, police units, drones, special equipment and a border police helicopter continuously searching for the missing people for the third day.

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