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Death toll from severe floods in northern Turkey reaches 27 | Climate Change News

An 80-year-old woman is missing in Bartin province, according to AFAD, AFAD.

Search and rescue teams recovered 10 more bodies overnight, bringing the death toll to 27 from severe flooding and mudslides that hit northern Turkey.

The floods hit the Black Sea coastal provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu, Sinop and Samsun on Wednesday, demolishing houses and bridges and taking cars away. Hundreds of people were rescued by helicopter while 1,700 others were evacuated.

The Presidency of Disaster and Emergency Management, or AFAD, said rescuers recovered another 10 bodies in the worst-hit town of Kastamonu on Friday, bringing the death toll to 27. An 80-year-old woman was brought in missing in the province of Bartin.

More than 5,000 people, 19 helicopters and 500 vehicles took part in the rescue efforts, supported by NGOs and the military.

Floodwaters inundated much of the town of Bozkurt, in Kastamonu, where one building collapsed and a second structure was severely damaged. In Bartin province, at least 13 people were injured when a section of a bridge collapsed.

Five bridges collapsed in the floods while two others were damaged, AFAD said. Hundreds of villages have been deprived of electricity and several roads have been blocked.

Speaking in Bozkurt on Thursday evening, Home Secretary Suleyman Soylu described the scenes as “the most severe flood disaster I have ever seen”.

Turkey’s Black Sea region frequently hit by heavy rains and flash floods [File: IHH via AFP]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in the floods.

“We will continue to work day and night to save our citizens stuck in flood-prone areas, to reactivate transport arteries that were partially or completely closed and to eliminate all grievances caused by the destruction caused by the flood,” Erdogan said. on Twitter. .

Turkey’s Black Sea region is frequently hit by heavy rains and flash floods. At least six people have been killed in the floods that hit the eastern Black Sea coastal province of Rize last month.

Endemic forest fires

The disaster struck as firefighters in southwest Turkey were working to put out a forest fire in Mugla province, a popular tourist area along the Aegean Sea.

The blaze, which was brought under control on Thursday, was one of more than 200 forest fires in Turkey since July 28.

At least eight people have died and thousands have had to flee violent fires.

Climatologists say there is no doubt that climate change from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas leads to more extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts, forest fires, floods. and storms.

Such calamities are expected to occur more frequently as the planet warms.

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