Seven dead , three missing due to flash floods across Turkey

Antalya Governor Ahmet Altıparmak stated that 25 villagers who were trapped amidst rising waters were rescued on Sunday night.

October 10, 2011, Monday/ 11:47:00

Seven people have died and three others are missing as strong storms and torrential rain over the past three days hit the coastal provinces of Turkey, including an inner province, triggering flash floods, officials announced on Tuesday.

Three bridges enabling access to Antalya’s Serik district collapsed due to flooding and six people in the village of Haskızılören reportedly went missing. Antalya Governor Ahmet Altıparmak said on Monday that six people were missing in Antalya, and officials later announced that three of the six had been found dead. Altıparmak stated that 25 villagers who were trapped amidst rising waters were rescued on Sunday night when the torrential rain began to seriously affect the village they lived in.

Torrential rains also wreaked havoc in the Aegean provinces of İzmir, Muğla, Manisa, Denizli and Çanakkale as many homes and workplaces were flooded. The Anatolia news agency reported that two people died and three more were injured in the Gördes district of Manisa on Monday. Gördes District Governor Davut Gül told Anatolia that the two people who died in the flood were a 70-year-old man and his 1-year-old grandson. Anatolia said a 60-year-old woman also died in the flood that occurred due to heavy rain in Denizli.

Strong storms in the Dursunbey district of Balıkesir province also led to the death of a 68-year-old woman, who died after a tree uprooted by strong winds fell on her. Strong winds blew the roofs of 15 houses and a primary school off; 10 people were injured as a result.

Meanwhile, in the provinces of Tekirdağ and Çorum, heavy rain on Tuesday morning caused flooding in the area.Many cars drifted in the flood water and trees were uprooted due to the storm in Tekirdağ, In Çorum, roads and houses were flooded, including the municipality building, due to heavy rain.

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