The Heroes of June 13th
18 June, 2015
The Heroes of June 13th
The recent natural disaster in Tbilisi hit Svanidze Street very hard. As the locals claim, if not for Manuchar Injgia’s efforts, the death toll would have been much higher. Together with Giorgi Alania and other heroes, whose names are not even known, Injgia evacuated children and the elderly from their flooded homes and helped dogs trapped by the water to escape. Before rescue teams even arrived to the site, Injgia and his team saved many lives. Photos capturing their selfless
valor took social media by storm. Locals call them heroes and thank them from the bottom of heart for their deeds. Injgia is indeed a hero, and it is only appropriate that he shares his own story with us:

“I am a Senior Lieutenant of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Special Tasks Department. I do not live in Tbilisi. I was visiting my uncle there when the disaster struck. When I saw the rain intensifying and water rising, I decided to go out and help people. Everything happened so fast that it is hard to describe it properly. In merely half an hour, there was nothing left on Svanidze Street. We started by helping the young and the elderly escape their flooded homes. People cried for help from the windows, which made it easier to find them. Some went up on their houses’ roofs and tried to outlast the flood that way. The situation at Svanidze Street’s rear end was particularly dire, so we headed thgeotv.geere first.
I particularly remember the rescue of that old lady. The entrance to her house was blocked, so we broke down the windows and carried her out through them. Then it turned out that she had two small children left inside, so we went in again and brought them out too. It is fortunate that I was there; otherwise, they’d all have drowned. In total, we managed to save seven people before the rescue teams arrived in boats; they wouldn’t let anyone near the area afterwards.
Unfortunately, we only managed to save several dogs, since children and the elderly were top priority. It all happened very quickly – within moments, the tide swept away cars and buildings. The dog shelter was filled with water. The situation was very difficult, impossible for everyone but professional rescuers to handle,” young hero recalls.
Another emotional and heartwarming story has been published by user named Tamuna Korakhasvhili on her social media page. As the photo’s description states, it features a street sweeper carrying an old woman after the terrible flood that occurred in the city. 
In the aftermath of the disaster, the city streets have become covered in mud, preventing citizens from leaving their homes. This young fellow’s kind gesture has accumulated thousands of “likes” and positive comments online.

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