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Death toll at 6 from flooding in Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Heavy rains hit northeastern Rize province with landslides causing heavy damage

Muhammed Nuri Erdogan, Gazi Nogay and Muhittin Sandikci   | 15.07.2021
Death toll at 6 from flooding in Turkey’s Black Sea coast

ANKARA/RIZE, Turkey

The death toll rose to six, with two people missing, in flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Turkey’s Black Sea region, according to the Rize provincial governorate.

Aftermath of flood and landslide in Turkey's Rize

RIZE, TURKEY - JULY 15: Drone photo shows the damage from above after a flood and landslide due to heavy rain in Guneysu district of Rize, Turkey on July 15, 2021. ( Hakan Burak Altunöz - Anadolu Agency )

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said downpours hit northeastern Rize on Wednesday after landslides caused heavy damage in some areas, with a building destroyed in the village of Muradiye.

Search and rescue teams recovered the bodies of four more people as efforts continue to find two who are missing in Muradiye and the district of Guneysu.

One body was recovered from the wreckage of a building and search and rescue operations are ongoing to find three others who are missing, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told the reporters.

Soylu arrived at the scene for inspection along with Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu and Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum.

Meanwhile, another person was found dead in the Guneysu district during the search and rescue efforts.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in telephone calls with Soylu and Rize Governor Kemal Ceber, received information about flooding and casualties, according to Turkey's Communications Directorate.

Erdogan wished Allah's mercy to those who were killed.

Around 5 million Turkish liras ($582,000) will be sent to the region to help with recovery efforts.

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