Southeast Turkey was only badly hit by a strong earthquake in February, and it was hit by heavy rain yesterdayfloodThe attack turned local roads into swollen rivers, inundating not only homes but alsocarand container houses where victims live temporarily. At least 14 people have died in the worst floods in recent years, officials said today.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said floods had turned roads into rivers, swept away cars, submerged homes in Adıyaman and Sanliurfa provinces.EarthquakeThe camp where the victims live. Search and rescue teams are still searching for five missing people at the three disaster sites.
National daily Milliyet reported that five Syrians died in a flooded basement in Sanliurfa province and two others died in a van stuck in an underground tunnel. In Adiyaman province, a container house in which a family of flood victims lived was washed away, drowning 2 people.
Reports said rescuers used ropes to pull one person out of a submerged area to safety as floodwaters carried away the debris of vehicles and buildings, while others hung a knick knack from a building window. Gave. ,
Melek Yildirim, a citizen of Sanliurfa, was pulled from the flooded road in a lifeboat. “When I woke up, our house was full of water, it was very bad,” he told the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Udayalan said, “We forgot about the earthquake, we forgot everything, household items, even the cars were submerged in water.”
According to the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) weather forecast from March 14 to 20, heavy rain is possible in the earthquake-affected areas. The governor of Sanliurfa called for the evacuation of people living in basements away from rivers and canals and announced the closure of schools at all levels.
The Turkish News Network (Haberturk) reported that victims were also evacuated from tent camps. A hospital in Sanliurfa also had to evacuate patients from its intensive care unit. The flood also washed away part of a local highway.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said more than a dozen professional divers had joined the search and rescue operation.
Southern Turkey, bordering Syria, has been rocked by frequent earthquakes since February 6, killing more than 52,000 people in both countries. Over 200,000 buildings have collapsed or been severely damaged in Turkey.
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