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26 Nov 2019 | 01:02 AM UTC

Azerbaijan: Landslide blocks highway in Baku November 24

Heavy rains cause landslide in Baku, destroying a highway near the Bibi-Heybat mosque; vehicle traffic closed in the area

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Event

A landslide destroyed a section of the highway near the Bibi-Heybat mosque in the capital, Baku, on the night (local time) of Sunday, November 24. Recent heavy rain triggered the landslide, which is blocking approximately 80-100 m (262-328 ft) of road. As of Monday, November 25, vehicle traffic is suspended in the area as recovery operations begin. It is unclear when the road will reopen.

Advice

Individuals in Baku are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the areas of the landslide, plan alternative routes, and allow additional time to travel.