Flags at half-mast to mourn victims in Batumi building collapse

  • Georgian national flags are flying at half-mast on all government buildings across the country today in mourning of nine Georgian citizens who died as a result of a residential building collapse in the Black Sea town of Batumi on October 8. Photo: Netgazeti.

Agenda.ge, 11 Oct 2021 - 14:00, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian national flags are flying at half-mast on all government buildings across the country today in mourning of nine Georgian citizens who died as a result of a residential building collapse in the Black Sea town of Batumi on October 8.

Sending his condolences to the families of those who died in Batumi, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili declared October 11 a day of mourning.

May 26 Street in Batumi. The Day of Mourning. Photo: Lela Dumbadze/Batumelebi.

Flags will be flying at half-mast on all government buildings throughout the country until 12:00 a.m.

It is difficult to express in words the pain we feel due to the tragedy… I once again express my condolences to the families of the deceased individuals and wish them endurance and God’s mercy”, said Irakli Garibashvili during a civil funeral at Batumi Cathedral earlier today.

.PM Irakli Garibashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Kakha Kuchava, Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani and other state officials were present at the civil funeral in Batumi Cathedral. Photo: press office of the Georgian gov't.

The Georgian national flag flies at half-mast at the Embassy of Georgia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Georgian Diaspora in Ireland and Georgian parishes have commemorated the victims of the tragedy today.

On October 11, bells will ring at the Georgian Orthodox Church in Dublin.

Georgian national flag at the Embassy of Georgia to the State of Qatar flies half-mast to pay a tribute to the victims of the Batumi residential building collapse on October 8, 2021.

Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Korea Otar Berdzenishvili has mentioned in his Twitter post that the National Flag of Georgia flies at half-mast to pay a tribute to the victims of collapsed residential building.

Three people were charged by the Prosecutor’s Office on October 10 for violating safety regulations during construction work on the residential building in question. 

The Prosecutor’s Office said that an individual identified only as Z.B. agreed with two other individuals in early October to carry out construction work in his apartment located on the ground floor of the building.

On October 4-8, two other individuals identified only as Kh. S. and G. S. started to remove retaining walls in the building without state consent. 

The illegal construction works have led to the eventual collapse of a section of the residential building causing the death of nine people, including three minors. 

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