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Black Sea Province Flood; Death Toll Rose to 7; At least 12 Injured; 9 People are Missing

 

Black Sea Province Flood; Death Toll Rise to 7; At least 12 Injured; 9 People are Missing

The death toll rose to seven, including three gendarmerie officers, in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Giresun. While 12 people were injured in the floods, 17 buildings have been demolished and 361 slightly damaged.. The search and rescue operations for nine missing people still continue.

Floodwaters caused by unusually heavy rainfall dragged debris and vehicles along a road, leaving them buried in mud, footage from the province of Giresun showed. Residents were seen clearing streets, as construction machines lifted the debris and cleared roads.

"We have recovered another body of a gendarmerie officer," said Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu yesterday, bringing the death toll to six.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing in Giresun to find three missing gendarmerie personnel and others, Soylu added.

As reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that 157 people have been rescued so far. Some 988 personnel and 288 vehicles were deployed in the rescue efforts, AFAD said in a statement.

It said that the roads to 118 villages had been closed, with 35 having been reopened so far. Power had also been restored to 53 residential areas out of 78 where there had been outages due to the floods.

Meanwhile, 9 million Turkish liras ($1.23 million) were sent to the region to help with its recovery. Earlier, President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that as many as 12 people had been injured due to the heavy flooding. Erdoğan also offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

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