Death toll in Turkey's flood rises to 5

The death toll in northeast Turkey flooding rose to five, a Turkish minister said.

Death toll in Turkey's flood rises to 5

The death toll in northeast Turkey flooding rose to five, a Turkish minister said on Thursday.

Floods caused by torrential rains killed four people after a building in a stream bed collapsed in the northeastern province of Artvin's Borcka town late Wednesday.

Turkish Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said Thursday morning that death toll increased to five.

"Four people were killed in flooding. One person went missing. We assume that person is dead too. So, we can say death toll rose to five," he said.

Earlier this morning, search and rescue teams launched efforts to rescue three people who were trapped under the rubble of a three-storey house that demolished due to a landslide, triggered by torrential rains and flood, in Artvin's Borcka town.

The civil defense teams recovered bodies of a 54-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl from the debris of the house, increasing the death toll to four.

Two weeks ago, 31 people were killed when floods, triggered by torrential rains, swamped a number of houses and business places in Istanbul and the neighboring province of Tekirdag.

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