Flash flooding batters four provinces in northern Turkey

Flash floods have hit a number of northern Turkish provinces, battering towns in Kastamonu, Zonguldak, Sinop and Bartın, HaberTürk network reported.

The region saw heavy downpours late Sunday, which continued into Monday, destroying buildings, damaging parks, shutting down roads and washing away two bridges in the region, it said. No casualties have been reported.

Turkey’s State Meteorological Services (TSMS) and the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) on Monday issued a “red alert,” the strongest emergency issued for weather-related incidents, for the worst-hit province of Kastamonu, HaberTürk said.

A road connecting the district to central Kastamonu has been shut down due to the heavy downpour while residents experienced intermittent power outages as rescue teams worked to save residents  according to the outlet.

Authorities have issued a warning to locals to take measures against the floods while  bulldozers and other heavy equipment have been dispatched to the district to aid residents of the area.

In August of last year, the same region was ravaged by catastrophic flooding, killing 71 people in Kastamonu province, 10 in Sinop province and one other in Bartın province, according to AFAD. Some 2,400 people were evacuated across the region amid the floods.

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