Saturday, October 16, 2021

Heavy rain floods Turkey, Russia

Floods caused by heavy rains in areas around the Black Sea have killed dozens in Turkey and forced the evacuation of hundreds in southern Russia.

The Turkish provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop along the Black Sea received torrential rains mid-week, causing flooding.

Turkey’s Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) said the floods destroyed dozens of homes and several roads and bridges and cut power to hundreds of villages.

The AFAD said on Saturday that the death toll in Turkey’s floods has reached at least 57 people. Agency officials said at least eight people have been admitted to the hospital.

Speaking late Saturday in Kastamonu, Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said 15 of the dead were yet to be identified.

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Across the Black Sea, heavy rains also caused widespread flooding in southern Russia, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,500 people in the Krasnodar Territory, including about 1,000 children from summer camps, officials said on Saturday. Were.

More than 1,400 homes were inundated in floods this week as thunderstorms and heavy rains lashed the region. The regional Russian emergency headquarters reported that around 108,000 residents of 11 settlements were left without electricity.

Officials said the Black Sea resort town of Anapa has been the worst affected. There is a possibility of heavy rain in this region for the next two days.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty contributed to this report. Some material also came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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