Turkish authorities evacuated a hospital on Wednesday in search of a woman who went missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding and landslides in northern Turkey.
This natural disaster, which struck many humid areas along the Black Sea, did not allow Turkey to recover from the huge fire that killed eight tourists south of its island.
Health Minister Bahretin Koka said 45 patients from a hospital in Sinop province had to be taken to another facility due to rising water.
According to pictures posted on Twitter by local authorities, rescue workers took the patients into rubber pits.
“This is probably a disaster we have not experienced in 50 or 100 years. We have reported rainfall records.”Minister of Agriculture and Forests Becker Bakhtemirli said.
Further west, in the province of Bardin, rescuers searched for an 80-year-old man whose house had collapsed, the local governor said. One person in the province died of a heart attack.
Heavy rains caused several landslides, one of which caused the road bridge to partially collapse, the health minister said. Eight people had to be hospitalized.
In the province of Kastamonu, tens of thousands of vehicles and road signs were completely submerged in brown water, according to a video released by the Turkish news agency DHA.
“The water has reached a height of three or four meters and fellow citizens have taken refuge on the roofs of buildings.”Home Minister Saliman Choil told reporters. “Helicopters fly from neighboring provinces to disaster areas”, He added.
The government was urged to take environmental action
Heavy rains lashed the area from Tuesday evening until late at night.
Areas in the north and northeast of Turkey continue to be hit by deadly floods.
Many scientists are making a connection between global warming caused by human activity and the frequent occurrence of such extreme weather events.
Turkey has been on the scene of several natural disasters in recent months, including severe drought and violent wildfires that occurred 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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