Death toll rises to 74 as floods batter Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Seventy-four individuals are useless and dozens extra are lacking from extreme flooding that has battered Turkey’s Black Sea area for nearly per week, authorities stated Monday. 

The heavy rains and flash flooding have killed 62 individuals since Wednesday in Kastamonu province, 11 in Sinop province and one in Bartin province, the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate stated Monday. 

Some 47 individuals are unaccounted for in Sinop and Kastamonu and eight individuals are hospitalized, the catastrophe company stated

Some 8,000 individuals, along with greater than 80 ambulances and 20 rescue canine, are helping with search-and-rescue efforts. The Turkish Defense Ministry additionally dispatched navy automobiles and two ships to a hard-hit city in Sinop to assist evacuate residents. 

“The flood we experienced is the heaviest one I have ever seen,” Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu advised reporters whereas touring the affected areas Saturday. 

More than 2,300 individuals have been evacuated, lots of whom are being housed in scholar dormitories. Villages throughout northern Turkey stay with out energy nearly per week after sturdy summer season storms downed energy traces, toppled houses and wreaked havoc on the area’s infrastructure. 

During his go to to the Black Sea village of Bozkurt in Kastamonu province Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged that Turkey “will rise from our ashes once more.”  

“We can’t bring back the citizens we lost, but our state has the means and power to compensate those who lost loved ones,” he said. 

The floods are the latest natural disaster to strike Turkey this summer. Wildfires that raged across Turkey’s southern coast killed at least eight people, forced thousands to flee their homes and destroyed swaths of farmland. In addition, eight people were killed when a Russian firefighting plane helping Turkey fight the blazes crashed Saturday.

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