Death toll from floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region rises to 27

25 people killed in Kastamonu province, 2 in Sinop province, says disaster management agency.

Death toll from floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region rises to 27

The death toll from floods in Turkey's Black Sea region has risen to 27, authorities said on Friday.

Floods caused by heavy rains hit the northern Black Sea region on Wednesday, leaving 25 people dead in the Kastamonu province, a Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) statement said.

Two others died in the Sinop province, while one is missing in the Bartin province.

Rescue and relief operations are continuing in the flood-hit areas, the statement added.

It said 112 villages in Kastamonu and 86 villages in Sinop have been left without electricity, adding that a fund of 20 million Turkish liras ($2.4 million) has been allocated for the region.

Over 895 workers in Bartin, 2,333 in Kastamonu, and 1,532 in Sinop are carrying out relief work in the affected areas, according to a previous AFAD statement.

A total of 323 people in Bartin, 925 in Kastamonu, and 472 in Sinop were evacuated to safe areas by helicopters and boats, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.

He said 220 volunteers, nine catering trucks, and 42 vehicles sent by the Turkish Red Crescent to the region are working on the ground.

The volunteers, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations in the region continue their work in coordination with AFAD and other relevant public institutions, Altun said and appreciated their efforts.

Also, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kastamonu's Bozkurt, the worst-hit flood area, on Friday.

"We will do our best as a state as quickly as possible, and hopefully we will rise from our ashes again," he said.

The president added that he will make an on-the-spot assessment together with Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, and Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum. Necessary steps will be taken after the assessment, he said.

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