Flash floods in northern Turkey kill four, one missing

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Flash floods in northern Turkey kill four, one missing

ISTANBUL – Four people were killed in flash floods in Kastamonu in Turkey’s Black Sea region and one person was missing, the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said on Thursday.

There was also flooding in the Black Sea provinces of Bartin and Sinop. State broadcaster TRT Haber said on Wednesday one person had died from a heart attack amid the flooding in Bartin.

AFAD said the evacuation of people from impacted areas by helicopters was continuing, adding that there were road closures due to collapsed and damaged bridges.

Television footage showed the floods dragging dozens of cars and heaps of debris along in the streets. The heavy rainfall in the region will ease on Friday, according to data from the weather authority, AFAD said.

Turkey’s north is prone to flash floods in the summer when rains are particularly strong. Last year at least five people were killed in floods in the region.

Turkey has also battled raging wildfires that have burnt tens of thousands of hectares of forest along its southern coast for the last two weeks. 

This handout picture released by Turkey's IHH humanitarian aid group on August 12, 2021 shows a car floating in water in Kastamonu, after flash floods swept across several Black Sea regions.
This handout picture released by Turkey’s IHH humanitarian aid group on August 12, 2021 shows a car floating in water in Kastamonu, after flash floods swept across several Black Sea regions.

A man looks on as flood waters sweep by in Bozkurt town of Kastamonu province of Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
A man looks on as flood waters sweep by in Bozkurt town of Kastamonu province of Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescue a man stranded on the rooftop of a building after floods forced people to seek safety on high ground and mudslides killed five people, in Bozkurt town of Kastamonu province, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
A Coast Guard helicopter rescue a man stranded on the rooftop of a building after floods forced people to seek safety on high ground and mudslides killed five people, in Bozkurt town of Kastamonu province, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

An aerial view shows a flooded area following heavy rainfalls near Kastamonu, on August 11, 2021.
An aerial view shows a flooded area following heavy rainfalls near Kastamonu, on August 11, 2021.

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