A massive search and rescue operation is running in northern Turkey after natural calamity floods along the Black Sea coast killed at least 27 people.
So far, 27 people have died, and one person is missing due to severe floods and landslides in the northern part of Turkey. Several houses and bridges were destroyed, and cars were washed away in Wednesday’s floods in the coastal provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu, Sinop and Samsun around the Black Sea. The help of helicopters was taken to rescue the people trapped on the roofs of the houses. Floodwaters are now receding in the affected areas in the north of Turkey.
The Presidency of Disaster and Emergency Management said in a statement that rescue teams had recovered six dead bodies at Kastamonu. Later, on Thursday, four more bodies were found in Bojkart, which was badly affected by floods in Kastamonu, and one in Sinop.
The flood disaster has come at such a time; Firefighters struggle to douse a forest fire in southwest Turkey’s Mugla province. Located near the Aegean Sea, this province is quite popular among tourists.
More than 200 incidents of forest fires have been reported in Turkey since July 28, 2021. Neighbor Greece, officials say widespread wildfires are now more under control because much-needed rain has fallen in the past 48 hours.