- Title: Erdogan declares Turkey's flood-hit regions as 'disaster areas'
- Date: 13th August 2021
- Summary: BOZKURT, KASTAMONU, TURKEY (AUGUST 13, 2021) (REUTERS) RESIDENTS LOOKING AT DAMAGED CAR SWEPT AWAY BY FLOOD WATERS / FLOODED STREET DAMAGED CAR IN FLOOD WATER DAMAGED CAR SMASHED INTO BUILDING AFTER BEING SWEPT AWAY BY FLOOD WATERS CAR PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN FLOOD WATERS AS SEEN BETWEEN BUILDINGS CARS SMASHED INTO BUILDINGS ENTRANCE OF A FLOODED BUILDING MAN LOOKING AT HIS DAMAGED CAR BULLDOZER REMOVING DEBRIS TREES UPROOTED BY FLOOD WATERS
- Embargoed: 27th August 2021 13:23
- Keywords: Turkey floods
- Location: BOZKURT, KASTAMONU, TURKEY
- City: BOZKURT, KASTAMONU, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Floods,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ475MV
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- Story Text: Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan declared flood-hit regions of the country's Black Sea region as 'disaster areas' on Friday (August 13) after the death toll rose to 27 in the second natural disaster to strike the country this month.
Erdogan spoke to residents in Kastamonu, one of the areas badly hit.
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.
Torrents of water tossed dozens of cars and heaps of debris along streets, with bridges destroyed, roads closed and electricity cut to hundreds of villages.
Twenty-five people died as a result of floods in Kastamonu and another two people died in Sinop, the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said.
Footage of the flood's first moments in Kastamonu's Bozkurt district showed the river there overflowing in a fast-moving deluge which tore up trees and dragged away vehicles.
More than 1,700 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas, some with the help of helicopters and boats.
(Production: Yesim Dikmen)
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