Eight occupants of a Russian firefighting seaplane die after crashing while putting out the flames
At least 51 people have died from the floods that have affected northern Turkey in recent days, according to a new balance from the Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management (AFAD).
Most of the fatalities, specifically 43, correspond to the Kastamonu area, although there have also been seven deaths in Sinop and one in Bartin. The emergency services estimate nine wounded treated in hospitals, while they are looking for a missing person in Bartin.
The floods have also caused significant material damage, including the collapse of several buildings and bridges in Kastamonu, and rescue work continues involving more than 5,000 people, according to the Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared the affected provinces as “disaster areas” and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum have traveled there to assess damage. The general direction of Meteorology of the country has indicated that the heavy rains are expected to continue until noon this Saturday.
Meanwhile, fires continue to ravage the country. The eight crew members, including five Russian military personnel, have died when a Russian plane that was collaborating in the extinction crashed, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry in a statement.
“On August 14, 2021, around 3:00 p.m., a Russian Be-200 plane crashed during a landing after completing the tasks of extinguishing fire sources in the town of Adana, Turkey,” according to the statement. picked up by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.
Remains of the Russian plane crashed in Turkey. /
The note adds that there were five Russian military personnel and three Turkish representatives on board the aircraft, with whom contact was lost in the Kahramanmaras area, as reported by the regional governor, Omer Faruk Coskun, to DPA. A later statement, picked up by Sputnik, confirmed the deaths of all the passengers.
Turkey has fought nearly 300 forest fires across the country since July 28, in what the government described as the worst disaster of its kind in history. The fires, which have particularly hit Mediterranean resort cities, are now largely contained, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported on Friday. However, the flames have devastated thousands of hectares and left, to date and without counting this incident, eight dead and more than 860 injured.
Several countries, including Russia, Spain and Qatar, have sent planes to help Turkey.