Turkey – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Erdine and Kırklareli

Heavy rain in northwestern Turkey caused flooding in the provinces of Erdine and Kırklareli on 29 December 2021, prompting rescues and evacuations.

Flood in Kirklareli, Turkey December 2021. Photo: Government of Kirklareli

Turkey’s disaster management agency AFAD reported flooding in Uzunköprü district in Erdine Province after heavy rainfall and the overflow of streams and the Ergene river. Flooding also affected areas of Lüleburgaz district in Kırklareli Province. Emergency teams received a total of 130 calls for assistance and several roads were closed.

AFAD said teams rescued or evacuated dozens of people from flooded homes or trapped vehicles. The residents of around 52 flooded homes were evacuated in Lüleburgaz after the overflow of the Lüleburgaz river. At least 13 homes were damaged in Uzunköprü. Emergency teams also assisted farmers moving livestock to safer areas. Around 70 sheep and goats are thought to have perished.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, İsmail Çataklı, visited affected areas on 29 December 2021.

Turkey’s meteorological agency Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü (MGM) reported rain totals of 39.1 mm in 24 hours to 28 December in Pınarhisar, Kırklareli Province. In a 24 hour period to 29 December, Pehlivanköy saw 93.8 mm, Lüleburgaz 83.9 mm and Uzunköprü 76.8 mm.

Since then areas further south have seen heavy rainfall including Muğla in Marmaris, which recorded 170.5 mm of rain in 24 hours to 30 December 2021.

Evacuation during floods in Lüleburgaz, Turkey, December 2021. Photo: Government of Lüleburgaz
Floods in Kirklareli, Turkey December 2021. Photo: Government of Kirklareli

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