Turkey – Floods Hit Antalya for Second Time in 2 Weeks

Heavy rain of over 200 mm in 24 hours caused flooding in parts of Antalya Province in Turkey on 12 December 2022. Many of the areas affected saw severe flooding just days earlier.

Flood damage in Kumluca, Antalya, Turkey, 12 December 2022. Photo: TC Antalya Valiliği

According to the Turkish State Meteorological Service, Finike in Antalya recorded 253.8 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 December. The district of Kumluca recorded 207.8 mm during the same period.

Raging floods swept through areas of Kumluca and Finike districts from late 11 December. Several buildings were damaged and vehicles were swept away. A bridge collapsed in Kumluca, causing transport problems near Ortaköy and Toptaş villages. 112 Emergency said they received 440 calls for assistance. The provincial government said crops and farms suffered severe damage. Schools have been closed in affected areas.

On 13 December the provincial government reported flooding caused damage to 497 vehicles, around 100 houses, 920 commercial premises or workplaces and over 1,200 hectares of crops and farmland. No fatalities were reported.

The area saw similar flooding in late November. On 29 November rain flooded streets in Kaş and Finike districts, while heavy hail was reported in Kumluca District. Finike recorded 116.5 mm of rain in 24 hours to 30 November and Kaş 117.4 mm. Flooding was also reported in the Muğla district of Muğla Province during this time.

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