Five people killed in Georgia flood

A flood has killed five people in Georgia's capital after torrential rain caused the local river to burst its banks, officials have said.

The Agency for Emergency Situations said that a mother with her two children, an elderly woman and an elderly man died in Tbilisi's Ortachala neighbourhood after the Kura River flooded on Saturday night.

All five were trapped in their homes and crushed when the buildings collapsed. One of the children was six months old and the other was reportedly aged five.

At least 30 people sought medical help.

According to witnesses, the water in some areas rose to 10 feet and lifted parked cars. Electricity was cut off in a number of neighbourhoods.

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava pledged to provide financial assistance to all flood victims. He was unable to estimate the damage caused by the flood but said it was "quite substantial".

Georgia's military was assisting the rescue effort by helping to clear debris and evacuate people from flooded areas.

Rainy weather in Georgia is forecast for the next three days.