Tbilisi citizens swept away in a fast-flowing river

Flash floods, Flooding, Georgie, Europe, Climate Change, River

Fierce flooding leave zoo animals stranded in Tbilisi

A flood occurred in the Vere River valley in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on the night of 14 June 2015.

Heavy rainfall caused at least twelve death people.

At least 30f people are still missing after being swept away in a fast-flowing river.

In 2014, the IIASA warned that losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than doubled by 2050, because of climate change and socio-economic developments.

Parts of the center have been flooded. Also, the surging floodwater destroyed enclosures at the zoo. Different animals managed to escape, including tigers, lions, bears and wolves.

Killed or captured

Footage from Tbilisi showed:

  • a hippopotamus roaming the streets
  • a bear climbing around an apartment window
  • six wolves shot dead in a yard at an hospital

The hippo was cornered in one of the city’s main squares and subdued with a tranquilizer gun.

NBC News viewed images of a dead lion, hyena, and a wolf — all presumably drowned in the floods.


The flooding damaged dozens of houses and left streets covered in mud and debris. Images showed several cars upturned and a fire truck left swamped in the detritus.

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The Vere, a right tributary of the Mtkvari, is characterized by periodic flash floods, which had turned this normally small stream into a surging river, causing significant flooding in 1960, 1963, 1972, and 1995.


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