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Turkish landslides claim 12 lives

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Turkish landslides claim 12 lives


At least 12 people are now known to have died after torrential rain triggered landslides and floods in northern Turkey.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unblocked 775,000 euros in emergency aid for the area as rescue workers and locals struggle to come to terms with the devastation.

Entire houses have been crushed and vehicles swept away.

The area around the village of Gundogdu in the Rize region has become prone to landslides since forests were cleared to make way for tea plantations.

The rains began late on Thursday evening and rivers were soon breaking their banks.

Emergency teams did manage to reach several people trapped in the mud or in damaged buildings.

The forecast is for a sunny weekend but more rain could fall on Monday.

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