It seems like mother nature is not kind to Turkey at the moment. The country faced massive wildfires last month in the southern region. 8 people died in this and 247000 acres of green land were burned. Now Turkey’s northern region, especially Bozkurt, is facing Black sea floods. It has destroyed buildings, bridges, swept away cars, and an electricity blackout. Floods in Northern Turkey are not new. Last month, province Rize faced a flood but this time it is different. What is the intensity of this flood, and how much havoc it has caused? Stick with NaeTaze as we inform you!
Which areas in Northern turkey are most affected by Floods 2021?
The death toll due to floods has risen to 38. It is the second disaster that hit the country this month only. Turkey was declaring that it had controlled wildfire but the floods hit the northern region at the same time.
According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), the worst affected regions are the provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop, and Bartin.
Kastamonu, Turkey is the worst-hit province in the whole country. Around 18 inches of rain poured in less than three days. In Kastamonu, the Bozkurt district is the worst hit. 32 people have died there already. Videos are circulating that water streams have swept away vehicles and trees. Bozkurt is 2.5 km away from the Black Sea and lies along the banks of the Ezine river.
6 people are found dead in Sinop, Turkey. Sinop Mayor Baris Ayhan told the media that in Sinop’s district Ayancik, infrastructure has completely collapsed. Also, the sewage system has completely flopped. There is no electricity in this region as well.
- Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu told the media that the Black Sea floods are the worst flood I have ever seen.
Turkey’s natural disasters are emerging in the same week when a UN report warned the world of more extreme weather events. The reason stated in this UN report is Global warming due to human activities like deforestation, smoke from coal, etc.
The electricity of 330 villages is cut off due to these floods and storms. Roads are closed due to collapsing of 5 bridges, electricity is cut off, and buildings are destroyed. Turkey Meteorology department said more heavy rains are expected.
Search and Rescue Mission:
A huge rescue mission is underway in the flood-ridden areas.
Around 1800 people have been rescued from the affected areas. Two ways people are being rescued. One from the boat and the other from the Helicopter.
Roads are closed so there is no way rescue operation can be effectively operated from the grounds only.
Coast guards from the helicopters land on the roof of homes. Then people are evacuated through helicopters.
People have also been shifted from severely affected regions to safe areas via boats as well.
Anger is severe in the regions near the Black Sea. People are angry that the government did not plan enough to deal with such a situation. Victim Yilmaz severely criticized the government and its preparations.
Announcements were made to move your car up as water is coming. When I moved my car, water swept me away. I caught a tree to save my life.Yilmaz
He further said announcements were made only to move up your car instead of “saving your life.” He said Bozkurt residents’ lives could have been saved had the real assessments been made and announced.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Floods and victims:
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kastamonu on 13 August and met with the victims and the families of the dead. He even led the prayers of the few dead people. He promised to deal with this situation in an efficient way.
We will do whatever we can, as quickly as we can.Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan promised to reconstruct every road, building, and bridge that collapsed during these storms.
Like many parts of the world, Turkey is also facing natural disasters. It’s the same in the US, Canada, Germany, and the rest of Europe.President Erdogan
Moreover, Erdogan told the media that he has canceled the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of his political party.
Sinop Mayor has requested Recep Tayyip Erdogan to declare Sinop as a disaster zone. He further said that around 20 people are still missing.
Opposition politician Hasan Baltaci was in talks with the media. He said a total of 329 people are missing.
All in all, floods near the Black Sea region are very common. This region faces storms, heavy rains, and other disasters as well. Last month, flood-hit eastern Black Sea coastal province of Rize. In this, 6 people died. But this time it is different. It is one of the worst floods in the history of Northern turkey. As of now, 378 are dead and hundreds are missing. The death tolls are expected to rise greatly in the upcoming days. We pray that situation gets in control as soon as possible.