Georgian PM meets emergency staff in visit to disaster zone in western Georgia

The Georgian PM arrived in the disaster zone on Friday. Photo: Government press office, 04 Aug 2023 - 13:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday met staff of rescue services working in the western municipality of Oni to find remaining survivors after a landslide killed six in the Shovi resort on Thursday.

The head of the Government was briefed on search and rescue efforts in the disaster zone and needs of locals following the disaster, the Government Administration said. 

The Georgian Interior Ministry on Friday said 400 rescuers were involved in the search and rescue efforts for 35 missing individuals, after 210 were evacuated from the disaster zone since late Thursday. 

The rescue crews are using two helicopters and other special hardware in the ongoing rescue operation.