Gas explosion in Tbilisi kills four, including one child
17 January, 2019
Gas explosion in Tbilisi kills four, including one child
Four people, including one child, died and eight others were injured as a result of gas explosion in a block of flats in the Didi Dighomi district of Tbilisi yesterday.

The explosion took place on the 6th floor. However others floors and an elevator were damaged as well.

The injured have been hospitalized. The building has been evacuated.

The Prime Minister of Georgia declared 17 January as a mourning day due to the tragedy.

Flags are flown at a half-staff in
all administrative buildings across Georgia to mourn the loss of four people in the gas leak explosion in Tbilisi.
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According to the PM Mamuka Bakhtadze’s order, the state flags will be flying at a half-staff in all administrative buildings across the country and diplomatic missions abroad.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has launched an investigation into a gas leak explosion that claimed four lives.

The Ministry said that the investigation was launched under Article 240 (I), provision 3 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, involving the breach of safety regulations during the placement, design, construction or operation of electric or thermal energy facilities or gas, oil or oil products facilities that results in death of two or more persons.

“According to the information provided by the local population to the police, a powerful explosion was caused by a leak of a natural gas in the residential building. At this stage the expert criminologists are working on the scene. Rescue operations continue," the statement reads.

Later, President Salome Zourabishvili has arrived at the Iashvili clinic and visited the injured. Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze also visited the explosion scene in the Didi Digomi district.
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