The death toll from a landslide in Dariali gorge increased to three after bodies of two men were recovered on May 23 from trucks buried in debris.
Four people remain missing nearly a week after the disaster, according to the Interior Ministry. Officials initially put the number of missing persons at seven, but later revised it to six. Two of them were confirmed dead after the bodies were found on May 23.
“Preliminary examination suggests that both were citizens of Russia,” Zviad Katsashvili, head of the Interior Ministry’s emergency management department, said late on Friday night.
A driver from Ukraine was recovered in a critical condition from the truck on the same day when the landslide hit on May 17, but he succumbed to serious injuries next day in hospital in Tbilisi.
North-South Pipeline, damaged by the landslide, has now been restored and supply of Russian gas to Armenia via Georgia resumed, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation said on May 23.
But the road, linking Georgia with Russia, remains closed. Officials are not yet able to say how long it will take to clean up the area from large amount of debris and to restore the road. This road is also important for Armenia as it is the only land access for this country to Russia via Georgia.