The two southern Turkish cities of Şanlıurfa and Adiyaman have been hit by flash floods, resulting in the deaths of fourteen people, with several others missing. Flood waters swept through the streets of these two cities which were badly affected by last month’s earthquakes.
Among the victims were earthquake survivors who had been living in container homes since the quakes. Tents in the city were evacuated and a hospital which was flooded moved its 200 patients elsewhere.
The bodies of five people were found in a basement apartment and Turkish media said they were Syrians.
Search and rescue organisation Afad said that in one 24-hour period, 136mm (5.4in) of rain had fallen in one area of Adiyaman province and 111mm (4.4in) in Sanliurfa, which saw a third of its annual rainfall in the past two days.
The governor of Sanliurfa, Salih Ayhan, said his province had never seen flooding like it and officials appealed to residents to evacuate the ground floor and basements of homes, and keep well away from the moving water. The governor said that two of the missing were firefighters.
Some of the victims were trapped in the underpass at the Abide Koprulu junction in Sanliurfa, and bodies were also recovered from an underpass at the major Abide road junction. Dramatic footage emerged of a man being pulled out of the torrent in Sanlıurfa by a local citizens dangling a rope from the road above the underpass to pull him out. Several people were dragged off in their vehicles by the current of the floodwaters and people who tried to help those stranded were themselves swept away.