Flash Floods Hit Turkey after Massive Wildfires

Flash floods ravaged Turkey’s northern coast after the heavy rainfall on Wednesday (8/11/2021). Scientists said the floods were the impact of extreme climate change in Turkey. Flash floods also occurred right after the largest wildfires in the country’s history at the southwest.

Flash floods hit Turkey.
Flash floods ravage Turkey’s northern coast after heavy rainfall. (IHA Photo)

ACTNews, TURKEY – Flash floods ravaged Turkey’s northern coast after the heavy rainfall on Wednesday (8/11/2021). The floods had caused power outages in 12 villages. Furthermore, in Sinop province, 240km (150 miles) east of Bartin, a house collapsed, and cars were left stranded in the water.

According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), Floods had injured thirteen people after a bridge collapsed in Bartin, and emergency workers were looking for another person who was missing.

AFAD also says a hospital has to be evacuated, some roads are closed in Sinop, and warns that strong rains in the area are expected to continue.

Turkey’s north is known as prone to flash floods in the summer when rains are particularly strong. Last year, six people were killed in the floods in the same region. 

Scientists said the floods were the impact of extreme climate change in Turkey in the past few weeks. These flash floods also occurred right after the largest wildfires in the country’s history at the southwest which has burnt tens of thousands of hectares of forest in the country with an area of more than 783,000 square kilometers.

Furthermore, the most recent flooding came just days after the United Nations climate panel sounded a dire warning that the world’s greenhouse gas levels were high enough to guarantee climate disruption for decades.

Turkey has faced a range of disasters related to climate change in recent months. Last month, Turkey registered its highest temperature since 1961 – 49.1C (120.4F) in the southeastern town of Cizre which led to water shortages that threaten food production in Turkey.[]