August 13
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Traffic towards the border with Russia has been restored in Georgia, the Department of Roads of Georgia reported.

The department says that "as a result of intensive work" traffic was restored on the 136th kilometer of the highway of international importance Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Lars, reports Novosti-Gruziya.

At this stage, vehicles will run on a temporary road.  "In parallel, the overhaul of the road will be planned and carried out," the department noted.

The damaged section of the road is in the "neutral zone" - between the Georgian and Russian borders.

This morning the situation on the border between Georgia and Russia was seriously complicated - the Terek and Devdoraki rivers overflowed their banks and washed away a 80-meter stretch of road just in the "neutral zone."

Georgian customs officials and travelers were evacuated from the border today because of the bad weather. The Kazbegi customs house temporarily shut down.

At present, about 260 trucks are waiting for the road to Russia to open - vehicles are placed in the TIR-park at the Kazbegi checkpoint.

Georgian customs officials have promised that they will resume border-crossing procedures as soon as the road is reopened.  

Also in the Darial Gorge today in several places near the highway rockfall was recorded at once. Up to 80 sections of the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Lars road, the only land route linking Georgia and Armenia with Russia, were damaged in total. 

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