Torrential Rains Trigger Floods in Earthquake-Hit Turkey Provinces, Leaving 13 Dead and Thousands Homeless
According to reports from Turkish media, flash floods that occurred on Wednesday in Sanliurfa resulted in the death of 11 individuals who were located approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the Syrian border. Additionally, the floods caused two fatalities in Adiyaman, which is in close proximity to Sanliurfa, including the tragic death of a one-year-old.
A number of other people were reported missing.
The two people died in Adiyaman when surging waters swept away a container home in the town of Tut where a group of earthquake survivors was living, Governor Numan Hatipoglu said. Four people were reported missing.
Rescuers found the bodies of five Syrian nationals inside a flooded basement apartment in neighbouring Sanliurfa province and retrieved two other bodies inside a van that was trapped at an underpass.
Four other people were killed and two firefighters were reported missing, Sanliurfa Governor Salih Ayhan told HaberTurk television.
Several people were evacuated from a drenched campsite where earthquake survivors were sheltering in tents. Patients were also evacuated from a hospital, HaberTurk reported.
Television footage from Sanliurfa showed floodwaters surging along a street and sweeping away cars.
Turkey’s disaster management agency said more than a dozen professional divers were involved in the rescue efforts in each of the two provinces.