Six dead in northeastern Turkey, two missing due to floods and landslides

Turkey’s Ankara — Turkey’s health minister said Thursday that at least six people were killed and two were missing after heavy rains struck the Black Sea coast in northeastern Turkey, causing floods and landslides. ..

Late Wednesday, heavy rains struck the state of Rize, where tea is grown, wiped out cars and destroyed many homes. Video images of the area also show that landslides are destroying the tea plantations.

A 75-year-old woman was found dead in the wreckage of a three-story house in the Muradier district of Rize, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Rescue teams also recovered the bodies of three people who died after a landslide partially destroyed a wooden house.

Victims also included the chief administrator of the nearby village of Asmaliirmak, who died after being washed away by the raging sea, Anadolu reported.

Rescue teams dispatched to the area were searching for two unexplained people, Health Minister Faretin Coca said, adding that another was hospitalized.

A private DHA news agency said detection dogs and divers are supporting search and rescue missions.

Heavy rains also cut off access to dozens of villages and cut off electricity supplies, he said. Over 100 people have evacuated from their homes.

Turkey’s Black Sea region is frequently hit by catastrophic torrential rains and flash floods.

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