Destructive floods hit Turkey's Giresun Province, leaving 15 people dead or missing

Destructive floods hit Turkey's Giresun Province, leaving 15 people dead or missing

Heavy rainfall caused destructive flooding in NE Turkey's Giresun Province, Black Sea Region on Saturday, August 22, 2020, leaving huge infrastructural damage, at least 4 people dead and 11 missing. 

Officials said heavy rains in the district of Dereli started at 15:00 LT on Saturday, with 137 mm (5.4 inches) accumulating before the end of the day. More heavy rains are expected in the districts of Canakci, Gorele, and Dogankent on Sunday.

The rains caused the Aksu Creek, which runs through the district's center, to overflow, turning roads into raging rivers, sweeping away vehicles, and destroying buildings.

Roads to 118 villages in Giresun are closed.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu confirmed 4 casualties and 11 people still missing. 133 people were successfully rescued.

According to Soylu, 5 police officers and an excavator operator went missing after a 5-m high (16 feet) culvert collapsed due to floods.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the state to mobilize all possible and necessary steps to deal with the disaster.

Featured image: KRTkulturTV

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