A blackout occurred in Tbilisi, the capital, and in eastern regions of Georgia during the early morning hours of 26 January after voltage fluctuation caused a major power grid failure. Officials have stated that power will be restored partially on the night of 26 January and fully on the night of 27 January. The blackout is affecting approximately 3 million people. Vital infrastructure utilities are receiving power.
Georgia also continues to feel the effects of a natural gas shortage following the 22 January explosion of a gas pipeline in the Russian region of North Ossetia; approximately 40 percent of Tbilisi residents do not have gas for heating, while some other areas of Georgia, including the Kazbegsky region, have no supplies of natural gas at all. Heavy snowfall and icing caused by low temperatures has left many roads in the country, including in Tbilisi, impassable or dangerous to drive on. Tbilisi city officials have warned motorists to stay off city streets due to the icing. Public transportation is also limited by the weather and those services available are being affected by overcrowding.
So, basically there is no heat and no electricity in a major city in Eastern Europe. Better, there is no way out of the city. Holy. Shit. And I thought that the week that we had no hot water in Tashkent and the city reeked of body odor was bad. I’d rather have that than to freeze to death in the dark.