Turkey – Deadly Floods Hit Mersin Province

Heavy rain that began on 28 December has caused severe flooding in the province of Mersin, southern Turkey.

One of the worst hit areas was the coastal city of Mersin. A severe weather warning was issued and local authorities urged local residents to stay inside and to avoid driving.

The Mersin branch of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said that many roads had to be closed and people were left trapped in their vehicles as roads and streets turned to rivers. Schools have been closed in seven districts of the province.

In a statement of 29 December, the government of Mersin said that two people have died as a result of the flooding.

The government also reported that 155.8 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 28 and 29 December, with over 140 mm falling in just 10 hours.

Severe weather, including strong winds and heavy snowfall, is also affecting other parts of the country. Some flights and ferry services have been cancelled.

Photos of the floods in Mersin, courtesy of AFAD / Government of Mersin.

Floods in Mersin, Turkey, 29 December 2016. Photo: AFAD Turkey
Floods in Mersin, Turkey, 29 December 2016. Photo: AFAD Turkey
Floods in Mersin, Turkey, 29 December 2016. Photo: AFAD Turkey
Floods in Mersin, Turkey, 29 December 2016. Photo: Government of Mersin

 

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Flood summary

Last updated: January 2, 2017
Event
Mersin Province, Turkey, December 2016
Date
December 28 to December 30, 2016
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Anamur
B - Mersin

Magnitude

Rainfall level
155.8 mm
Mersin city - December 28 to December 29, 2016
Figures according to statement by local government.
Rainfall level
90.9 mm in 24 hours
Anamur - December 28 to December 29, 2016
Figures according to Directorate of Meteorology Turkey.
Rainfall level
108.4 mm in 24 hours
Yenişehir, Mersin - December 28 to December 29, 2016
Figures according to Directorate of Meteorology Turkey.

Damages

Fatalities
2 people
Mersin city - December 29 to December 29, 2016