Members of a search and rescue team rescue locals during a flood in the Black Sea towns of Turkey, Kastamonu Province, Turkey on August 12, 2021. (Onder Godez/Ministry of Internal Disaster and Emergency Management Authority) (AFAD) Handout via Press Office/Reuters)
ISTANBUL — Flooding in towns in the Turkish Black Sea region has killed 27 people, the country’s emergency management agency said on Friday, the second natural disaster to strike Turkey this month.
The floods brought chaos to the northern provinces, as officials were declaring a wildfire that had spread to southern coastal areas for two weeks was brought under control.
The Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) said that 25 people died as a result of flooding in Kastamonu province and two others in Sinop.
The search for a missing person continues in the province of Bartin.
Floods and fires, which killed eight people and destroyed thousands of hectares of forest, came a week after a UN panel said global warming was dangerously close to getting out of control, and that extreme weather would become more severe.
AFAD said more than 1,700 people were evacuated from the affected areas, some of whom were evacuated with the help of helicopters and boats.
Footage shared by the interior ministry showed helicopters landing Coast Guard personnel on the roofs of buildings to rescue people trapped in floodwaters.
The deluge damaged electricity infrastructure, leaving about 330 villages without electricity. AFAD said that five bridges collapsed and several others were damaged, leading to the closure of roads. Part of the roads were also washed away.
Television footage showed floods dragging dozens of cars and piles of rubble across the streets.
by Darren Butler
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times