Around 550 sheep were killed during a lightning strike on Mount Abul in the Ninotsminda region in southern Georgia on August 9, 2021.
Deputy Mayor of Ninotsminda Artavaz Tonoiani says that there were about 1,500 sheep on the pasture which is located five kilometers from the village of Tambovka, Ninotsminda.
Part of the dead livestock belonged to a local farmer from Tambovka, and part to farmers from Kakheti.
Jnews shares a video provided by the farmer’s son Yagor Levanov that shows killed sheep on the pasture.
The shepherd said that lightning struck twice, hit the sheep which then fell down dead.
Veterinarians are now investigating the cause behind the mass die-off. There is indeed no official confirmation that the weather is really the cause.
A commission has been set up at the mayor’s office to assess the loss. The cost of one sheep on the market today averages 350 GEL (about $113.45).
The dead sheep will be buried in a mass grave in the surrounding area. [Agenda.ge]
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