(TURKEY) Flash Flooding Report: The death toll from severe floods and mudslides in Black Sea region has climbed to at least 44, as the country grapples with its second natural disaster this month #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: The floods, among the worst Turkey has experienced, brought chaos to northern provinces just as authorities were declaring wildfires that raged through southern coastal regions for two weeks had been brought under control.

#AceDailyNews says that Northern Turkey ‘disaster’ floods death toll rises to 44, hundreds evacuated from affected areas just as the declare wildfires are ravinging the country ……

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

The Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said 36 people were killed in Kastamonu, seven in Sinop and one in Bartin. It said nine people were still in hospital in Sinop.

“This is the worst flood disaster I have seen,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said late on Thursday after surveying damage.

“The infrastructure in Ayancik (district) has completely collapsed. The sewage system is destroyed. There is no electricity or water,” Sinop Mayor Baris Ayhan told Reuters.

Destroyed buildings after flooding in northern Turkey
Three provinces were declared disaster zones.(AP: Ismail Coskun/IHA)

The floods and fires, which killed eight people and devastated tens of thousands of hectares of forest, struck in the same week that a UN panel said global warming was dangerously close to spiralling out of control, and warned that extreme weather would become more severe.

About 45 centimetres of rain fell in less than three days in one village near the worst-hit region, Kastamonu’s Bozkurt district, AFAD cited meteorology authorities as saying.

Hundreds evacuated from flooded areas

Footage of the flood’s first moments in Bozkurt showed the river there overflowing in a fast-moving deluge, which tore up trees and dragged away vehicles.

The small town of Bozkurt lies in a valley along the banks of the Ezine river in Kastamonu province, 2.5 kilometres from the Black Sea.

Destroyed cars in a street after floods and mudslides in Bozkurt town
Many villages were still without electricity on Friday.(AP: IHA)

Experts in Turkey say interference with rivers and improper construction also were contributors to the massive damage in Turkey’s floods.

Geologists have said that construction narrowed the river bed and the surrounding alluvial flood plain of the Ezine stream in Kastamonu’s Bozkurt district, where the damage was most severe.

Residential buildings were built along the waterfront. During severe rains, the contracted stream has limited area in which to move and can overflow.

An aerial photo shows the destruction after floods and mudslides
Hundreds have been evacuated from flood affected areas.(AP)

Speaking in Bozkurt, President Tayyip Erdogan declared the three provinces a disaster zone.

“Our country has been grappling with natural disasters for a while, as are many places in the world. This is not just our country but the United States, Canada, Germany and many other European countries,” he said.

About 2,250 people were evacuated across the region before, during and after the floods, some lifted from rooftops by helicopters.

Many were being temporarily housed in student dormitories, authorities said. 

Five bridges had collapsed and many others were damaged, leading to road closures, AFAD added. Parts of the roads were also swept away.

Reuters/AP

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.15: 2021:

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