Heavy rains in Turkey; Black Sea provinces at risk of flooding

First Published Jun 29, 2022, 11:05 AM IST

TUKK – Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least three places in western Turkey today. Many bridges and roads were damaged by heavy rains. Two people are reported missing. Turkey’s Emergency and Disaster Authority (AFAD) says more than 200 people have been rescued or evacuated. Heavy rains in August last year caused more than 80 deaths and caused severe damage in these areas.

Turkey’s Directorate General of Meteorology Red Level has warned of heavy rains in the provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop, Bartin, Karabukh, Duce and Songuldak.

Local governments have reported significant preparations for flood relief ahead of last year’s disaster.

For this, 899 vehicles, 3 aircraft, 7 mobile base stations, 1 mobile coordination truck and a total of 4,684 personnel were deployed to the provinces of Customono, Synop, Bartin, Carabok, Songduck and Deuce.

Emergency teams, including Coast Guard helicopters, are on the scene to rescue and evacuate residents of the provinces of Bartin, Songuldak and Kastamonu.

A total of 235 civilians were rescued or evacuated, including 15 in Barton, 90 in Songuldak and 130 in Kastamon.

More than 100 people were evacuated to emergency shelters, including 30 in Synop, 11 in Barton and 60 in Songuldak.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Zouilu says two people are missing from floodwaters. A man has been swept away by floodwaters in the village of Ikizilar in the Kure district of Kastamonu province. One person has gone missing in floodwaters in Keynesley, Deuce province.

The Sock River, which flows through the city and into the Black Sea, overflowed. Following this, the two pedestrian bridges connecting the two sides were washed away. Six major roads in the province were damaged by the floods. Traffic on this route is prohibited.

Inebolu in Kastamonu has received about 200 mm of rain in the last 48 hours. Heavy rains lashed the area on June 24. The city of Bartin received 98.1 mm of rain in 24 hours on the 25th.

Heavy rains have continued in the Black Sea provinces for the past 24 hours. The province of Hendെk received 149.4 mm and Devrek in Songduk received 142 mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Recent heavy rains have caused flooding in parts of Crimea and in the Krasnodar Territory off the coast of Russia.

Many provinces in Turkey have been hit by torrential rains in the first weeks of this month. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the capital, Ankara. Five people died that day.

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