Death toll from Turkish floods climbs to 44 with hundreds missing

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At least 44 people have died after being caught in massive flooding and mudslides in Turkey.

Monsoon-like rains that hammered the Black Sea provinces of Turkey washed away homes and cars, broke bridges and made many roads impassable, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

Nine people remained hospitalized in Sinop and hundreds more have gone missing, officials said.

About 2,250 people have been evacuated from the region with some lifted from rooftops by helicopters while rescue teams and sniffer dogs undertook the daunting task of trying to locate the many missing residents.

More heavy rain across the Black Sea also caused serious flooding in southern Russia. Authorities in the Krasnodar region said Saturday that more than 1,400 houses flooded following storms that swept the area this week. About 108,000 residents of 11 settlements were left without power.

The floods came right after wildfires in southern Turkey devastated forests in the resort seaside of Mugla and Antalya, which are popular with tourists. At least eight people died and thousands of residents and tourists were forced to flee.

About 2,250 people have been evacuated from the region.
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Search and Rescue team members evacuate locals during flash floods which have swept through towns in the Turkish Black Sea, in Bozkurt, a town in Kastamonu province, Turkey, August 12, 2021.
Search and rescue team members evacuate locals during flash floods that swept through towns in the Turkish Black Sea, in Bozkurt, Turkey Aug. 12, 2021.
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People check a residential area affected by floods in Bozkurt district of Kastamonu province, Turkey, on Aug. 12, 2021.
People check a residential area affected by floods in Bozkurt district of Kastamonu province, Turkey, on Aug. 12, 2021.
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Rescue workers watch during a rescue operation for a cow in Abana town of Kastamonu province, Turkey, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
Rescue workers watch during a rescue operation for a cow in Abana town of Kastamonu province, Turkey, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
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