- Title: GEORGIA: EARTHQUAKE CLAIMS THREE LIVES
- Date: 27th April 2002
- Summary: (W8) TBILISI, GEORGIA (APRIL 25, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. MV MAN INSPECTING RUBBLE IN THE STREET; SCU BLOOD ON GROUND; SLV RUBBLE IN STREET SLV PAN TO PEOPLE (4 SHOTS) 0.15 2. MV WOMAN LOOKING AT RUBBLE; SLV PEOPLE LOOKING AT DESTRUCTION; MV MAN CLEARING STONES; SLV MAN SHOWING DESTRUCTION IN HIS APARTMENT (8 SHOTS) 1.06 (W3) TBILISI, GEORGIA (APRIL 26, 2002) (REUTERS) 3. LAS/SLV DAMAGED BUILDINGS; SLV RESCUE WORKERS CLEARING RUBBLE; SLV PEOPLE EXAMINING DAMAGED BUILDINGS/ DAMAGED CARS; SLV INTERIOR OF DAMAGED APARTMENTS (12 SHOTS) 2.32 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) IRINA KORTKHONDIA, TBILISI RESIDENT, SAYING "It's impossible to go back to our homes. They are very old and weak, one more quake and we all are dead. It's scary." 2.47 5. (SOUNDBITE ) (Russian) NODAR PALAGASHVILI, SAYING "It was a few seconds of fear and panic, but now I feel that God has taken away from me my mental and physical strength." 3.12 6. SCU SIGN AT EXTERIOR OF REVENUE MINISTRY OF GEORGIA, TAX DEPARTMENT / VARIOUS OF DAMAGE; SLV INTERIOR OF MINISTRY, VARIOUS OF DAMAGE (2 SHOTS) 3.24 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LASE DAUTASHVILI, DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE FINANCE MINISTRY OF GEORGIA, SAYING "This is one of the most important departments and it contains very important files. It's quite impossible to stay in this building and the order has been issued to evacuate our department." 3.51 8. MV HEAVY DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS IN THE OLD QUARTER OF TBILISI (3 SHOTS) 4.11 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 12th May 2002 13:00
- Location: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- Country: Georgia
- Reuters ID: LVADDAL16UOLDBIPM1B17NIDMALB
- Story Text: Three people have died in Tbilisi in Georgia's
strongest earthquake in 40 years.
Georgian authorities are trying to cope with large
numbers of people who have been made homeless, following the
powerful tremor, estimated to have been around six on the
On Friday (April 26, 2002) morning, hundreds of residents of
Tbilisi were out on the streets inspecting damage to their
homes and fearing aftershocks.
"It's impossible to go back to our homes. They are very
old and weak, one more quake and we all are dead. It's scary,"
said Irina Kortkhondia, a Tbilisi resident.
Others wandered around, still in shock at what the quake
that had hit their city late into the night on Thursday.
"It was a few seconds of fear and panic, but now I feel
that God has taken away from me my mental and physical
strength," said Nodar Palagashvili, another Tbilisi resident.
Government officials said that the work of some ministries
may have to be suspended or transferred to other locations, as
extensive damage had been caused some ministry buildings.
"This (Georgian finance ministry) is one of the most
important departments in the government and it contains very
important files. It's quite impossible to stay in this
building and the order has been issued to evacuate our
department," said Georgian Deputy Finance Minister Lase
Dautashvili, speaking to reporters.
The quake's epicentre was close to the capital and it is
reportedly the strongest in the ex-Soviet republic since the
late 1960s. Tbilisi was also hit by a quake on April 11, but
there were no injuries reported.
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