Turkey: Death toll rises to 62 as flood hit in northwestern Black Sea provinces

Published on : Monday, August 16, 2021

Turkey

Turkey has sent evacuation ships to evacuate people and vehicles from a northern town on the Black Sea that was hard hit by flooding. This deadly flooding snatches 62 lives and many residents are still missing.

The torrential rains batters Turkey’s northwestern Black Sea provinces on Wednesday, causing flooding that bulldozed homes, disconnected bridges, swept away cars and rendered numerous roads blocked.

The Turkish disaster agency AFAD said that at least 52 people were killed in the province of Kastamonu, nine in Sinop and one in Bartin.

According to an official statement by the governor’s office in Bartin, 13 bridges were destroyed in the flood, while at least 45 buildings were heavily damaged.

The Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that 77 people were still missing in the flooding. Eight remained hospitalised.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that they delivered 20 tonnes of food yesterday and today by helicopter alone. He also added that the officials were trying to meet the needs of victims from funerals to damage assessment.

Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said there were at least 454 severely damaged and ruined buildings in the three provinces, adding that authorities were working on building new structures within the next year.

The emergency crews across the northwestern region kept up the search for the missing amid the many buildings that have partially collapsed.

There are more than 8,000 workers are conducting relief work in the affected areas, the disaster management agency said, while at least 2,370 people were evacuated to safe areas by helicopters and boats.

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