ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Heavy rains triggered severe flooding and mudslides in northern Turkey on Wednesday, leaving several injured and one missing, officials said. Helicopters rushed to rescue people stranded on rooftops.
Flooding hit the Black Sea coastal provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop early Wednesday. They came as firefighters in southwest Turkey were working to put out a forest fire in Mugla province, which borders the Aegean Sea. At least eight people and countless animals have died in more than 200 forest fires in Turkey since July 28.
In Bartin, flash floods demolished several houses and at least two bridges and caused part of a road leading to neighboring Karabuk province to collapse, the private Turkish news agency DHA reported. At least 13 people were injured when a section of a bridge collapsed, the country’s disaster and emergency management agency said, without providing details.
Rescuers rescued at least 15 people trapped in homes or vehicles, state agency Anadolu reported. But they were looking for an 80-year-old woman in Akorensokuler village who was swept away by floodwaters after her house collapsed, the Interior Ministry said.
In the town of Ayancik, Sinop, where a stream overflowed and at least one house was demolished by water jets, helicopters transported residents from the rooftops to safety. The city hospital was evacuated as a precaution, Anadolu reported. Landslides have caused the closure of a section of a road between Ayancik and the main town in the province, also known as Sinop.
Turkey’s Black Sea region is frequently hit by deadly torrential rains and flash floods.