Death Toll From Northern Turkey Floods Rises to 58

By Reuters
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August 15, 2021 Updated: August 15, 2021

BOZKURT, Turkey—Flash floods that have swept through towns in the Turkish Black Sea region have killed 58 people, authorities said on Sunday, in the second natural disaster to strike Turkey this month.

The floods brought chaos to northern provinces just as authorities were declaring wildfires had been brought under control after raging through southern coastal regions for two weeks.

Forty-eight people died as a result of floods in Kastamonu province, another nine people died in Sinop, and one in Bartin, the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said.

Drone footage by Reuters showed massive damage in the town of Bozkurt in Kastamonu province. Emergency workers were searching demolished buildings for the missing.

Heavy floods hit Turkey's Black Sea region
A damaged vehicle and a partially collapsed building are seen following the flash floods that swept through towns in the Turkish Black Sea region, in the town of Ilisi, in Kastamonu province, Turkey, on Aug. 15, 2021. (Mehmet Emin Caliskan/Reuters)

Torrents of water tossed dozens of cars and heaps of debris along streets, destroyed buildings and bridges, closed roads, and cut off electricity to hundreds of villages.

More than 2,000 people were evacuated from affected areas, some with the help of helicopters and boats, AFAD said.

By Ezgi Erkoyun

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