Turkey – Hundreds Rescued After Floods in Ordu Province

Update, 10 August 2018:

One person died in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Ikizce district. The landslide occurred around 17:00 causing a road to collapse.

Original report, 09 August 2018:

Rainfall in northern Turkey has caused severe flooding in Ordu Province over the last 2 days.

Flood damage in Ordu Province, Turkey, August 2018. Photo: Ordu Valiliği

The provincial government said that flooding and landslides affected Fatsa and Ünye districts after 80 mm of rainfall. The heavy rain caused the Cevizdere river to break its banks.

The flooding caused severe damage to bridges and roads in the area, leaving several areas cut off and hundreds of people isolated. Local media reported that over 300 buildings have been damaged.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) sent 4 search and rescue teams consisting of 30 experts to the region. In order to support the rescue efforts, 1 helicopter from the Samsun Coast Guard command was also sent to the region.

Hundreds of agricultural labourers working in the hazelnut groves in Fatsa district were evacuated from flooded areas. At least 5 of the workers were injured. Ordu Provincial government said the injuries are not serious.

Teams from AFAD also rescued over 100 workers from a flooded textile factory in Ünye district.

At least 8 houses in Fatsa districts were evacuated as a precaution. Local media also reported some flooding in Perşembe, Ikizce, Çaybaşı and Aybastı districts.

Turkey’s meteorological agency, Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü (MGM) reported that 63.2 mm of rain fell in Perşembe in 24 hours to early 08 August.

In a 24 hour period to 09 August, Çaybaşı recorded 108.1 mm, İkizce 58.2 mm, Ünye 55.2 mm and Fatsa 51 mm, according to MGM figures.

Heavy rain was also reported in Samsun Province along the Black Sea Coast from 08 August, 2018.

Rainfall in Turkey, 07 to 08 August 2018. Image: Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü

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