ANKARA:The death toll from floods in Turkey's Black Sea region has risen to 44, authorities said on Saturday.
Floods caused by heavy rains hit the Black Sea region in the north of the country on Wednesday, leaving 36 people dead in the province of Kastamonu, a Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) statement said.
Seven others died in the Sinop province, while search efforts for one missing person were concluded in Bartin province.
According to a statement by the governor's office in Bartin, 13 bridges were destroyed in the flood,
On Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the Bozkurt district in Kastamonu, the worst-hit flood area.
More than 1,700 people have been evacuated, and as many as 330 villages are now without electricity after the floods damaged power lines.
This month Turkey has also had to battle huge wildfires in the south. Those fires – which are now under control – forced thousands of locals and tourists to flee Marmaris and surrounding areas. Eight people died and more than One Lakh (100,000) hectares of vegetation was devastated.
Turkey’s latest disaster came in the week that a major UN report warned of more extreme weather events because of human-induced global warming. Flash floods and severe heatwaves are afflicting much of Europe this summer.