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Tbilisi Takes Stock Of Damage After Massive Floods

Search and rescue operations were continuing in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, on June 15, a day after deadly floods swept through the city. At least 13 people have been confirmed dead and 10 others remain missing. The Tbilisi zoo was inundated by floodwater, killing some animals and allowing others to escape and roam the streets.


A runaway hippopotamus walks down a flooded street in Tbilisi.
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A runaway hippopotamus walks down a flooded street in Tbilisi.

Men push a hippopotamus out of a flooded street. Zookeepers shot one hippo with a tranquilizer dart in order to capture it.
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Men push a hippopotamus out of a flooded street. Zookeepers shot one hippo with a tranquilizer dart in order to capture it.

Debris covers a road where the Vere river burst its banks.
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Debris covers a road where the Vere river burst its banks.

A soaking wet bear tries to escape from a flooded area of the Tbilisi zoo on June 14.
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A soaking wet bear tries to escape from a flooded area of the Tbilisi zoo on June 14.

Animal footprints are seen in the mud on the grounds of the zoo.
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Animal footprints are seen in the mud on the grounds of the zoo.

The body of a bear lies next to destroyed cars at the Tbilisi zoo.
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The body of a bear lies next to destroyed cars at the Tbilisi zoo.

Another zoo animal that did not survive the flood
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Another zoo animal that did not survive the flood

A man surveys the damage to some of the zoo enclosures.
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A man surveys the damage to some of the zoo enclosures.

Zoo employees recover the body of a wild boar that escaped during the floods.
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Zoo employees recover the body of a wild boar that escaped during the floods.

A section of the zoo that suffered major damage
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A section of the zoo that suffered major damage

A municipal worker sits near the body of a lion.
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A municipal worker sits near the body of a lion.

Youngsters carry a swan that had escaped from the zoo on June 14.
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Youngsters carry a swan that had escaped from the zoo on June 14.

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