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Campaign “Swim Safe” – Next Action at the Tbilisi Sea – “Death Zone 2”

01.08.2018

Tomorrow, at 11:00 am, the campaign Swim Safe will organize another action at the Tbilisi Sea nearby the so-called tower, where the Iori River joins the Tbilisi Water Reservoir. 

The participants of the campaign request the Tbilisi City Hall to conduct expert assessment of the area and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of citizens.

The place where the Iori River joins the Tbilisi Water Reservoir is one of the most dangerous places in the Tbilisi Sea, where artificial recreation zone is arranged. There are no warning banners and special barriers in the area. People are not warned that swimming near the estuary is dangerous.

The journalistic investigation Death Zone 2 of the studio Monitor tells about the threats near the estuary of the Iori River. 

The Campaign Swim Safe was launched on July 16 with the initiative of Ana Dolidze, Human Rights Center, CENN and Progress Center.  The Campaign will unify civil society organizations and civil activists and will fight against mortality of citizens in the water bodies in Georgia.
The Campaign aims to increase government’s responsibility and raise public awareness.

In Georgia, during summer seasons, tens citizens die in the sea, artificial water reservoirs, lakes and rivers every year. According to the statistic information of the Emergency Management Service of Georgia, 21 people drowned in the sea and rivers of Georgia from May 1 to June 25, 2018.
Artificially arranged recreation zones in the water bodies are the problem, where service of rescue teams is not provided and citizens are not protected. The places, where swimming is prohibited, are particularly dangerous but the state and private companies do not keep those sites adequately protected with solid barriers and often there are no warning banners either. 

Campaign “Swim Safe” calls on the Government of Georgia to take concrete steps to improve the legislation and to ensure safety of citizens in the water bodies. 

Contact person: Lasha Anakidze, phone: 598 002110

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