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Tbilisi flood: Seven People Dead, Dozens Go Missing

Terrified residents have been warned to stay in doors by frantic authorities in Tbilisi, Geoorgia, after the flood sent dozens of dangerous animals roaming the streets last night. Among the dead people are said to be three zookeepers.

Amazing photos showing a hippopotamus wandering along major roadways have been shared across social networks. The massive animal was seen trotting down a dual carriage way and then stopping to eat from a tree in the city centre.

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Stunned: The hippo wandered through the main street

 

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, was battered by flooding last night that also hit the city’s zoo.

Tbilisi floods

 

A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia

Reports suggest a number of wolves that escaped were later shot dead by rescue teams hunting them.

Subsequent photos showed a number of apparently dead wolves lying in the back of a lorry. A major highway was also covered with water – sweeping cars and one building away.

Two of the victims of the flood are said to have been swept away by the water.

REUTERS/Beso GulashviliA man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep at a flooded street in Tbilisi
Captured: Experts were called in to take the animal in

It is not thought any of the rest who died were killed by any of the animals.

Soldiers have also been mobilised by the government to help with efforts to get the situation under control.

REUTERS/Beso GulashviliA man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep at a flooded street in Tbilisi

Mayor David Narmaniya told reporters that the operation to secure the area was still ongoing Sunday morning.

He said: “The first stage of the rescue effort is almost over, but we are still looking for several people.”