8 dead many missing: Lions, bears, tigers crocodiles and wolves roam the streets as flash floods hit Tbilisi, Georgia
Eight people are reported dead and many are still missing as flash floods hit Tbilisi, Georgia. Officials have warned people to stay at home as tigers, bears and wolves escaped from the zoo and are roaming the city.
Heavy rain began at midnight on Saturday night, causing the Vere river to rush through the city, sweeping away cars and buildings and completely flooding the zoo, Reuters reported.
Lions, bears, tigers and wolves were among the many animals that escaped and were on Sunday morning roaming the streets.
A dazed hippopotamus was seen wallowing in the central Hero's square before being escorted to safety by locals, Civil.ge agency reported.
A crocodile was photographed swimming down a street.
Georgian media is reporting that lots of people are unaccounted for and that two employees of the zoo are feared to be among the fatalities.
"The damage is substantial," said PM Irakli Garibashvili in a statement released on Sunday morning. "Dozens of families remain homeless as their houses were destroyed or damaged in the capital.
They are some victims," vice mayor of Tbilisi Irakly Lekvinadze told Reuters.
He said initial estimates put damages at $10 million.
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