Aug 08 2018

Floods strand thousands in Turkish Black Sea province

Massive floods have struck Turkey’s Black Sea province of Ordu after torrential downpours, resulting in blocked roads, collapsed bridges, mudslides, flooded buildings and trapped citizens.

The flood has affected seven districts and 500,000 people, according to reports in Turkish secularist daily Cumhuriyet.

One-hundred-and-sixty-five workers have been rescued by search and rescue teams after being trapped in the textile factory they were working at, and hundreds of agricultural workers have been forced to take shelter in local gymnasiums.

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Photo by Nedim KOVAN / Demiroren News Agency / AFP

 

Hundreds more were stranded at their homes, and rescue teams struggled throughout the day to evacuate citizens from the worst-struck areas.

Ordu mayor Enver Yılmaz said that all citizens caught in the flooded areas had been rescued, but that seven people had been injured as a result of the flooding.

Access to the province had been severely limited by the flood, said Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, urging all citizens to avoid travel unless on urgent business and warning of the danger posed by further rainfall.

Soylu promised citizens the state would reimburse material losses caused by the flooding.

Heavy rainfall also affected nearby Black Sea regions, as well as areas in the south of the country.