Deadly floods kill more than 30 in Turkey

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The Turkish authorities announced a massive search and rescue operation as floods killed 31 people along the country’s Black Sea coast areas. Dozens more are missing under the debris, BBC elaborated. Kastamonu province is the worst-hit area as it accounted for a total of 29 deaths so far. Floods caused some buildings to collapse, smashed bridges, and blocked streets with wrecked cars. The power supplies were cut off. This month Turkey has also had to battle huge wildfires in the south.

Floods forced thousands of locals and tourists to flee Marmaris and surrounding areas. Eight people died and more than 100,000 hectares of forests were devastated. "We will do whatever we can as a state as quickly as we can," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after leading prayers for those who had died. "We can't bring back the citizens we lost, but our state has the means and power to compensate those who lost loved ones." In the flooded areas, helicopters plucked some people from rooftops while others were rescued by boat. More than 1,700 people have been evacuated, and as many as 330 villages are now without electricity, after the floods damaged power lines.

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