The number of victims as a result of the floods in northern Turkey has risen to 40. In total, about 2,500 inhabitants of the cities of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop have now been evacuated. That reports the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, AFAD. More than 300 people have been reported missing, opposition politician Hasan Baltaci said.
The flooding is the result of heavy rainfall in the area, which began on August 11. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said during a visit to the affected region, according to the AP news agency, that this is the “worst flood disaster” he has seen, with water standing three to four meters high in the streets in places. Turkish President Erdogan also went to the area and promised to restore destroyed houses, roads and bridges. Five bridges collapsed due to the water, two others were damaged.
The floods are the second natural disaster to hit Turkey this summer – large forest fires have raged in the south of the country in recent weeks. Eight people were killed as a result. Tens of thousands of residents were evacuated. The fires are now under control, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. President Erdogan also referred to the conflagration in the south in his speech in the north: “Hopefully we will rise from our ashes.”
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