Two men missing in a flood in northwestern Turkey

Taken on June 13, 2022, this photo shows the flooded area of ​​the Akyurt district of Ankara after heavy rain. (Adem Altan / AFP via Getty Images)

Istanbul — Two people went missing after heavy rains and floods in northwestern Turkey.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soil said Tuesday that one of the missing men was an operator of an excavator swept away by the floods in Düzce and the other lived in a village in Kastamonu.

Heavy rains affecting six states flooded rivers and collapsed bridges on Monday. Authorities said they had evacuated the stranded locals and that the residents followed the weather warnings, avoiding potentially fatal disasters.

Floods struck three states in northwestern Turkey last August, killing 82 people.

Associated Press