Updated at 18:58
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.
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.
Earlier at 15:47
The rescuers have found the 14th body during the search and rescue operations in the western municipality of Oni, after a landslide hit Shovi resort on Thursday, the Interior Ministry confirmed to the media.
Georgian Health Minister Zurab Azarashvili said "dozens of heavy equipment" were involved in the operations and various state agencies were working in coordination in disaster relief works, adding "thousands of cubic meters of soil" in the area were "hindering the working process".
Earlier at 14:04
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.
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.
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili earlier today signed a decree declaring Monday as a day of mourning to honour the victims of the massive landslide.