Tbilisi flood: Three missing people feared dead

TBILISI(BPI)-Three people remain missing following the June 13 deadly flash flood that tore through Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi.

Today the country’s Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri said there was almost no hope the three missing people would be found alive and efforts now focused on finding and recovering the bodies of the victims.

The natural disaster hit Tbilisi overnight on June 13 and claimed the lives of 19 people. Hundreds more lost their homes. Four days after the disaster, a local man was attacked and killed by a tiger that had escaped from Tbilisi Zoo in the flood.

Specialist crews now operated heavy machinery on affected Tbilisi streets to clean the city after the flooding.

Minister Gomelauri said there one rescue officer stood at each vehicle to monitor the recovery process. These officers were tasked with stopping the machinery and continue working with their hands if any of the missing bodies appeared under the debris.