Rescue teams working in area where Ezine Stream flows into Black Sea, local media report, more than a week after severe floods devastated parts of northwestern Turkey.
A police boat and divers have joined the search for some 30 people still missing more than a week after severe floods devastated parts of Turkey's Black Sea coast, leaving at least 79 people dead.
Torrential rains pounded the Black Sea provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop and Bartin in northwestern Turkey on August 11, causing floods that demolished homes and bridges, and swept away cars and blocked access to roads.
Turkish disaster management agency AFAD said on Friday that 69 people were killed dead in Kastamonu, nine in Sinop and one person in Bartin.
Turkish channel Haberturk TV said a police boat and police divers were searching for people still unaccounted for in an area where the Ezine Stream flows into the Black Sea, and where they fear the floods may have carried away some of the missing.
Search and rescue missions
More than 10,000 personnel were involved in search-and-rescue missions across the region as well as efforts to assist survivors, AFAD said.
Nineteen trained dogs were also searching for the missing, it said.
The worst-hit area was the town of Bozkurt, in Kastamonu, where the floods swamped homes and shops, flattened an eight-story building and seriously damaged other buildings that are suspected of being improperly constructed on a streambed.
The contractor of the eight-story apartment building that collapsed was arrested on Wednesday and charged with "negligently causing death and injury."
At least four people — a woman and three children — died in the collapse. Several neighbours remain unaccounted for.
About 2,400 people were evacuated across the region amid the floods. Many are being temporarily housed in student dormitories.
Battling water and fire
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Friday visited the worst-hit flood area in Bozkurt and announced that places affected had been declared disaster zones and are slated for government aid.