The death toll from flash floods which hit northern Turkey on Thursday (30 August) has risen to fifty and there are fears it could go higher.
The death toll from flash floods which hit northern Turkey on Thursday (30 August) has risen to fifty and there are fears it could go higher. Thirteen people are still listed as missing.
SYNOPSIS: The floods, caused by heavy rain and hail on Thursday night, swept over the neighbouring provinces of Amasya, Corum and ??? and the port city of shamsun.
Hundreds of houses were swamped and heavily damaged..some collapsed altogether. In Tokat, sixteen people were believed to have died when two houses were brought down by the swirling water. By Friday morning (31 August) eight bodies had been recovered from the debris the rest were missing. In other districts more bodies were being found as searchers sifted through wreckage.
Corum was one of the hardest hit areas. A dozen homes were ??? in the town centre, more than a hundred others were damaged. Families left homeless by the floods were being housed in local school buildings. food and medical supplies were rushed to the stricken areas along with health and rescue teams. Stocks of tents and clothing have also been brought in.
Although there were no casualties reported from rural areas there were extensive stock and crop losses. At least two thousand head of cattle and other stock are known to have perished.
The worst single disaster occurred in a coal pit on the outskirts of Amasya town. Apparently unaware of the raging storm the miners worked on. The pit was flooded in a matter of minutes and at least sixteen men died.
As rescuers worked to clear the mine and recover the bodies from the mud and water, it was feared more victims would be found.
The work continued throughout the day, as the victims workmates and relatives ??? at the mine entrance. The final toll here stayed in sixteen. However, as the overall death ??? from the affected provinces climbed to fifty relief workers said it was certain to go higher, with some bodies not being recovered for days.