Flood, landslides 'kill 8 people' in northeastern Turkey

At least eight people killed in flash floods that hit Turkey's Artvin province

Photo by: AA
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Eight people were killed while two others remained missing due to flood and landslides in Turkey’s northeastern Artvin province, its governor said Monday.

Kemal Cirit said the flood and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall killed residents of Hopa district and its Yoldere, Yesilkoy and Esmekaya villages.

"Although this is not certain, three citizens were killed in a collapsed house in Hopa, three others in Yoldere village, one in Yesilkoy village and one other in Esmekaya village," Kemal Cirit said in a press conference at the Governor’s Office.

Cirit added that one child was missing in Hopa and 17 people were injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The governor said efforts were underway to rescue a citizen who was stranded in Yukari Kuledibi Street, adding that more rescue teams were making their way to the flood-hit areas.

Hopa district governor Nedim Cihan told Anadolu Agency the flooding and landslides could be the "worst disaster that our district experienced in fifty years".

Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene says many homes remain under water, while the flood also hit a parking space for trucks, with trees and debris damaging nearly 300 vehicles.