Torrential rains have caused severe flooding in Turkey’s eastern Black Sea region on Thursday, forcing around 200 people to evacuate.
“Today, as a result of extreme rains, the Arhavi district of Artvin province has been flooded. The Arhavi River overflowed, the regional center and rural roads have been flooded… The Findikli district of Rize province has faced a similar issue,” said the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu have visited the flood-hit region to witness the extent of the casualties.
Heavy rain caused the Arhavi River to overflow, badly affecting the district center and village roads in the Artvin province.
The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry reported that 3,045 subscribers were left without electricity due to floods in the neighboring provinces of Artvin and Rize. The ministry added that the energy of 9,650 subscribers was cut off due to security measures, the ministry said on Twitter.