Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Giresun Province

Flash floods in northern Turkey have killed at least 4 people, with a further 11 people thought to be still missing.

Flooding struck in Giresun Province in the Black Sea Region after heavy rainfall from 22 August 2020. Parts of the provinces of Rize and Trabzon have also been affected by heavy rainfall. Some areas of Giresun Province recorded more than 130mm of rain in 24 hours to 23 August, with more heavy rain expected.

Buildings were damaged and vehicles swept away by floods in Giresun. Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, visited the affected areas in Dereli and Doğankent districts on 23 August.

Dozens of roads have been closed, limiting access to as many over 100 villages and leaving many stranded. Rescue operations involving a team of 879 people and 231 vehicles from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkey Red Crescent, Police, Fire and other services is working in the area. As of 23 August, over 130 people had been rescued.

Local media reported that 5 police officers and an excavator operator are missing after a 5-meter high culvert collapsed in Dereli district.

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