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Turkish authorities under fire after floods

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Turkish authorities under fire after floods


After this week’s deadly floods dubbed the “disaster of the century” in Turkey, a wave of anger has now hit the country.

Istanbul’s municipality stands accused of allowing shoddy construction and negligence in letting major roads, offices and flats be built on a river basin. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also under fire for blaming illegal construction. Critics say he was mayor of Istanbul when it was carried out. Turkey’s biggest city was hit hard by the flash floods which killed more than 30 people. Returning to what remains of their homes in the northwestern town of Kumbag, residents spoke about their ordeal. “I asked my neighbour what was going on,” said elderly woman Muazzez Ozyurt. “And he told me a flood was coming. I ran into the house, then suddenly the water came in so quickly. We were so afraid.” As flood victims pick up the pieces of their lives, fresh downpours have hit Turkey. It is the latest onslaught in what is described as the heaviest rain there in the last 80 years.

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