Severe floods in northern Turkey kill at least 40 people


Istanbul — Serious floods and landslides along the Turkish coast have killed at least 40 people, the national emergency disaster agency said Saturday.

Heavy rains that hit Bartın, Kastamonu, and Sinop on the Black Sea on Wednesday destroyed houses, cut at least five bridges, washed away cars, and made many roads impassable. rice field. The Turkish disaster agency AFAD said 34 people were killed in Kastamonu and 6 in Sinop.

Nine remained in Sinop and one went missing in Bartın, officials said. However, some residents said on social media that hundreds more were missing. This is also a statement from an opposition lawmaker.

Approximately 2,250 people were evacuated throughout the area, some were lifted from the roof by helicopter, and many were temporarily housed in dormitories, officials said.

Turkish experts say that interference with rivers and improper construction were the cause of the devastating flood damage.

Geologists say the construction narrowed the riverbed of the Edin River and the surrounding alluvial plain in the most severely damaged Bozkult district of Castamonu from 400 meters (1,312 feet) to 15 meters (49 feet). Houses were built along the waterfront.

During heavy rains, contracted streams have limited travel areas and can overflow. A video posted by the residents showed that the surrounding buildings and roads were flooded and water was flowing downstream of Bozkult.

The floods occurred shortly after a wildfire in southern Turkey that devastated the forest areas of Mula and Antalya, a seaside province popular with tourists. At least eight people were killed and thousands of residents were forced to flee.

Associated Press