Flooding in the Black Sea region has killed 40 people, including 34 in Castamonu and six in Sinop, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said in a statement released on August 14. An 80-year-old man in Bart’n province is still missing after being swept away by floodwaters on the 11th, and search and rescue operations are continuing.
In the worst-hit town of Bozkurt in Castamonu province, a reporter from the main station found that several residential buildings were badly damaged, one of which completely collapsed. How many people are still buried under the ruins, whether there is a chance of survival, etc. are still unknown.
An old man told reporters that the 11th flash flood two hours before the outbreak, has received the relevant departments of the warning information, but many people did not expect the flood will come so quickly and ferociously, so that the timely evacuation. Now they can only wait at the scene of the search and rescue, looking forward to the whereabouts of missing relatives. Search-and-rescue teams from several provinces, including the capital Ankara, have been reinforcing the affected areas. More than 5,000 people are currently involved in relief efforts in the three provinces affected, and more than 2,000 local residents have been evacuated to safety.
Local time on the night of the 10th, Turkey’s Black Sea region continued heavy rainfall, triggering landslides and mudslides and other disasters, floods washed out bridges, flooded roads, many motor vehicles were washed away, a large number of farmland flooded, many buildings were seriously damaged. The death toll is rising as the search and rescue operation continues.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the hard-hit town of Bozkurt in Castamonu province on the 13th, declaring Castamonu, Sinop and Barton provinces disaster areas, and said the government will use all means to help the disaster.