The death toll from torrential flooding and mudflows in the provinces of Kastamonu and Sinop on Turkey’s Black Sea coast has reached 31, the country’s Emergency and Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) said.
“During mudflows and floods in Kastamonu, 29 people died, two died in Sinop, one disappeared in Bartin,” – leads “Anadolu” is a comment of the department.
Heavy rains in northern Turkey on August 11 provoked mudflows, landslides and floods. For example, in the city of Ayanjik, Sinop province, more than 240 mm of precipitation fell per day, informs Euronews agency. And in the city of Kure in Kastamonu – 198 mm of precipitation.
Search and rescue operations in the area of the natural disaster continue, more than 1,700 people have been evacuated. About 300 settlements were left without electricity. Due to the destruction of bridges and damage to the roadbed, traffic was blocked on a number of highways in the area of the natural disaster, including the Bartyn-Karabyuk highway. In the city of Bozkurt, Kastamonu province, several multi-storey buildings collapsed due to the mudflow, rescuers are working there, transfers RIA Novosti.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared flood and mudflow areas of Kastamonu, Bartin and Sinop provinces “zones of natural disaster.” “In place of houses destroyed by mudflows, new, more modern ones will be built. The country will continue its path at the most active pace, ”the head of state promised.