The city’s zoo was also flooded. Wolves, bears, big cats and even a hippopotamus escaped and have been roaming in the city. Of the zoo’s 600 residents, including fish and birds, about half are missing, Tbilisi Zoo said. Some animals have been re-captured and others killed, according to the news agency, Civil.ge.
Officials are still searching for escaped animals. Georgia’s Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili, asked residents to stay home while the creatures are rounded up. The flooding was centered in the Vake and Saburtalo neighborhoods. Heavy rain started just before midnight, and water poured into what is normally a small waterway that runs through both districts.