Georgia Hit By Deadly Floods, Animals Escape Zoo

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Reuters
At least five people died and several are missing as a result of heavy rainfall and floods overnight in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Georgian news agencies reported on Sunday (June 14).

Heavy rainfall turned the Vere river flowing through Tbilisi into a torrent that swept away dozens of buildings and cars.

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Animals from the city's zoo including tigers, lions, bears and wolves escaped from cages damaged by the rainfall. Some were captured or killed while the search for others goes on.

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Vice mayor of Tbilisi Irakly Lekvinadze said that a preliminary estimate put damages at $10 million and that "dozens of families" are homeless as their houses were destroyed or damaged.