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Deadly floods hit northeastern Turkey

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Deadly floods hit northeastern Turkey


Flooding is causing fresh havoc in Turkey, just two weeks after dozens died when Istanbul was inundated.

This time the northeastern province of Artvin on the Turkish border with Georgia is underwater. At least five people are reported dead, among them a teenage girl and a 80-year-old woman. Three of the victims are from the same family. Their home collapsed amid the heavy rains. Another relative, a three-year-old girl, was rescued from the rubble. Powerless to put a stop to the deluge, local officials braved the flooded streets to report the number of casualties to the media. The mountainous region, where many live in traditional wooden houses on the hillside, is no stranger to extreme weather with seasonal mudslides and flooding. But that is no comfort to those trying to stay alive.

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