Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Rize Province

One person is missing after flash floods hit Rize Province in the Black Sea Region of Turkey on 04 August 2019.

Floods in Rize, Turkey, August 2019. Photo: Government of Rize

In a statement, the region’s governor Kemal Çeber said that 120mm of rain fell in 4 hours, flooding areas around the city of Rize, capital of Rize Province, inundating roads and buildings.

Two vehicles containing 3 people were sept away by flood waters from an overflowing stream on the outskirts of the city. Two survived but one is still missing. Search and rescue operations are continuing.

Provincial emergency management (AFAD) teams rescued around 16 people from a bus stranded in flood waters in the village of Dörtyol.

According to figures from Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology (MGM), the village of Taşköprü recorded 138mm of rain in 24 hours to 05 August and Güneysu 97.4mm during the same period.

This is the fifth major flood or landslide event to hit the country since May this year. The provinces of Ankara, Ordu and Trabzon have all been affected. Several people died and some are still missing after flash floods and landslides hit Düzce province in northwestern Turkey on 17 July this year.