The Georgian Interior Ministry on Tuesday said rescuers had combed through 90 percent of the area hit by the landslide in the Shovi resort in the country’s west on August 3, with 26 bodies recovered and seven people still missing.
The search and rescue efforts have been “actively conducted” over the past 12 days both in the epicentre of the disaster and in the currents of Rioni and Chanchakhi rivers, the body added.
Search operations are actively progressing for the thirteenth day in the disaster zone. So far, 25 bodies have been found within the scope of the rescue works, and the search for 8 people continues.https://t.co/cqgZrYLKyW pic.twitter.com/5MxAaua91Z— MIA of Georgia (@MIAofGeorgia) August 15, 2023
Teimuraz Mgebrishvili, the head of the Emergency Management Service of Georgia, reiterated on Tuesday about 800 individuals from his body and the country’s Defence Forces had been engaged in search efforts, along with special hardware and necessary transport, including boats.
He also stressed Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the country’s Interior Ministry had decided to continue the search efforts for the missing individuals “as long as there is even the slightest chance” to find their bodies.