Flash floods damage Black Sea province in Turkey

Heavy rainfalls starting Wednesday afternoon caused landslides and flooding in northern and southern Turkey, especially in the Fatsa and Unye districts of the Black Sea province of Ordu. Flash floods cause bridges to collapse, mud rivers to flow, damage nearly 100 neighborhoods and affect half a million people.

Seven people people are being treated at local hospitals, including one hit by lightning, and nearly 600 state workers have been deployed to critical spots in the city.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Seddar Yavuz, governor of the Ordu province, said all 165 employees trapped at a textile factory in Unye district had been rescued. “The evacuation of our people was carried out, and they’re at a safe place now," he said.

After being briefed by local officials, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and the head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Mehmet Gulluoglu, to Ordu.

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