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Georgia floods: Pictures of chaos caused by fierce flooding in capital Tbilisi

Heavy flooding has killed at least 12 people and led officials to warn people to stay indoors to avoid animals that have escaped from a zoo.

Image copyright Tinatin Kiguradze, AP
Image caption A hippo was cornered before it was eventually subdued with a tranquiliser gun
Image copyright Beso Gulashvili, AP
Image caption The animals including this bear were left without food or shelter
Image copyright Beso Gulashvili, AP
Image caption Residents of Tbilisi did what they could to help them
Image copyright Shakh Aivazov, AP
Image caption Dozens of people were left homeless after heavy rains caused the River Vere to burst its banks
Image copyright Shakh Aivazov, AP
Image caption Roads have been destroyed, and houses and cars swept away
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Image caption Some animals were recaptured by security forces, and others shot dead
Image copyright Nina Akhmeteli
Image caption Much of the zoo was turned into a "hellish whirlpool", as one official put it

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