|Georgia Suffers Power Cuts Amid Heaviest Snowfall in 20 Years|
|January 12, 2009|
By Helena Bedwell
Around 65,000 Georgians were left without power as the country suffers the heaviest snowfall in 20 years, according to electricity provider AO Energo-Pro Georgia.
Work is under way to repair power lines brought down in the mountainous Svanetia region of western Georgia and three other areas, Energo-Pro spokesman Avto Dvalishvili said at a televised press conference. Temperatures dropped to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) in Svanetia, with snow more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep.
Gudauri, a popular ski resort in Georgia, was cut off as heavy snow and ice created hazardous driving conditions, Nino Tsverava, an official at the Georgia meteorology agency said at a press conference in Tbilisi. The current weather may continue until Jan. 15, according to the agency.
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