About 1,000 people are stranded in mountain villages in the Soviet republic of Georgia threatened by avalanches that have been "wiping off forests and buildings," the Soviet news agency Tass said Sunday.
Tass said that up to 16 feet of snow has fallen in the Svanetia region of the mountains in the past month. More than two dozen people have died.
Tass said 7,000 people have been evacuated from mountain villages but "another thousand people are awaiting their turn."
It said that in Ushguli village, all but four of 42 houses were wiped out in avalanches.