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15-06-2015, 14:03

Tajik president sends condolonces to Georgia over heavy flooding


Avesta.Tj | 15.06.2015 | Tajik President Emomali Rahmon sent message of condolences on Monday to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili over heavy flooding in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, that has killed at least 12 people.

According to the Tajik presidential press service, in the message, Rahmon expressed deep grief for the loss of lives and extended sincere condolences to families of the victims and people suffering from the disaster.

Tbilisi was turned into a big-game park Sunday after lions, tigers, a hippopotamus and other wild animals escaped from the city zoo following torrential flooding that killed at least 12 people.

Georgian leaders asked residents to stay inside as they hunted the escaped zoo animals, at least one of which chased a security guard across a university campus.

The animals, which also included bears, hyenas and crocodiles, added a chaotic element to a tragic human situation.

Some of the zoo animals were being shot by Georgian security forces despite pleas from zoo leaders to find a way to spare their lives.