October 28, 2021

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The death toll has risen to 27, and the climate requires serious action

At least 27 people have been killed in floods in northern Turkey, already devastated by a deadly fire in recent weeks, according to a new report released Friday by authorities.

Officials in charge of managing natural disasters said one person was still missing while a major search and rescue operation was underway.

An earlier official report had announced 17 deaths the previous day.

According to Turkish media, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the worst-hit area on Friday to inspect the damage and provide support to the victims.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the Black Sea region of Kastamonu, Bardin and Sinop, from Tuesday to Wednesday.

As a result of the heavy rains, the water level in some cities rose to four meters, officials said, and the streets of entire cities turned into torrents carrying cars and all sorts of garbage.

Many scientists have made a link between global warming caused by human activity and the frequent occurrence of such extreme weather events.

Turkey is on display in recent months for a number of natural disasters, including a severe drought and severe wildfires in late July and early August.

In the aftermath of this black series, many politicians and associations urged the government to take drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Turkey has not ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

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