The new bulletin of the civil protection of Ankara on the floods that hit the western Black Sea regions
ISTANBUL. The death toll from the floods that hit the western Black Sea regions on the northern coast of Turkey on Wednesday continues to worsen. According to the new bulletin released this morning by the civil protection of Ankara (Afad), the confirmed deaths have risen to 70, of which 60 in the province of Kastamonu, 9 in Sinop and 1 in Bartin.
Search and rescue activities for any survivors continue, along with those to clean the flooded areas of mud debris, which have submerged homes, roads and cars, also destroying bridges and other civilian infrastructure.
About 2,400 people were evacuated across the region as a result of the floods, many of whom were rescued by helicopters. Many are temporarily housed in student dormitories. According to the Afad, about 40 villages remain without energy.
Scientists say there is no doubt that climate change from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is causing more extreme events – such as heat waves, droughts, fires, floods and storms, while global warming is taking place. .
The floods occurred in the wake of fires in southern Turkey that devastated the forests in the tourist-frequented maritime provinces of Mugla and Antalya. At least eight people died and thousands of residents were forced to flee.