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Flood in Turkey

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Type of Event:
Flood, Landslide
Location of Event:
Turkey
Date of Charter Activation:
26 August 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
18:50:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+03:00
Charter Requestor:
AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey) on behalf of Department of Informations Systems and Communication

Description of the event

Torrential rain caused floods and landslides in the Artvin Province of Turkey on 24 August. Eight people were killed, and several more were reported missing.

It has been described as the heaviest rainfall the area has experienced in fifty years. It is estimated that four months worth of rain fell in just six hours.

The flood waters have damaged homes in the area, and the landslides crushed some houses. Some properties were particularly susceptible to the disaster, being located in stream beds and in mountainous terrain. In addition to flooding and damaging homes, roads have also been blocked by debris or made impassable by the flood waters, cutting off access to some remote villages in the area.

Emergency workers began search and rescue efforts on 25 August, and started work on draining the flood waters.