During the night of 13-14 June 2015, heavy rainfall over the Vere River basin led to flash floods that struck the Vake and Saburtalo neighbourhoods of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, as well as other areas of the city along the right bank of the river Mtkvari. The Lisi, Tsodoreti, Napetvrebi, Bevreti, Tskhaldidi, Betania and Tskhneti areas around Tbilisi were also affected.
According to official government figures, the flooding killed 19 people, 67 families and directly affected around 700 people. The flooding also destroyed much of Tbilisi’s Zoo, killing most of the animals, and damaged around 40 roads, many homes and a variety of urban infrastructure and communication systems.
This Assessment analyses the various key sectors affected by the flooding, while also providing recommendations for strengthening the country’s disaster risk management.